Two years ago a dear friend gave me the gift of really listening to lyrics. In my current mood I’ve been listening to lots of Fort Minor, Lifehouse, Linkin Park and Beyonce. I love the fact that Fort Minor is really Mike of Linkin Park fame doing rap.
So here are things to listen to:
Beyonce’s If I Were A Boy “video”:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVTyLqkez6A. It is actually a great story in the song. Well done. Love it in pumped up black and white. I wish they would let you embed the video. I could watch it a hundred times and not be tired of it. Here is a decent version with lyrics.
Beyonce’s Put A Ring On It “video”:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8mVEGfH4s5g. What she does when she’s mad about breaking up.
Lifehouse’s Broken. Really great lyrics and a love lost.
Fort Minor’s Remember The Name. It’s the way I feel sometimes. Anonymous but doing good work.
Fort Minor’s Where’d You Go. An anthem to everyone left behind. The video had me in tears. About someone deploying to Iraq. I love YouTube!
Linkin Park’s What Have I Done. A great song of regret and there is no alibi. So let mercy come and I face myself. It’s just so true and let go of what I’ve done…
Akon (ft. 2Pac and Bone Thugs) I Tried So Hard. An oldie, but reminder of how sometimes you just have to wait. Love the 5 steps forwards, 7 steps back line.
So what am I listening to these days…sometimes it is just a few songs over and over. So check them out…Thanks to “Nutsie”:http://nutsie.com, you can easily hook into the music videos of the songs you like. And with YouTube, folks are making “music videos” out of almost everything…So here is Rich’s top 10 and most even have lyrics:
# Avril Lavigne. “Holding On”:http://www.nutsie.com/song/Keep%20Holding%20On/4440455?album_id=4440456&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;artist_id=1001011. Great tune!
# Elliott Yamin. “Wait for You”:http://www.nutsie.com/song/Wait%20for%20You/4321349. The audio quality isn’t too great and I know he’s am American Idol winner, but what the heck, he’s One Republic’s lead and the song with Timbaland is great.
# Sheryl Crow’s “Strong Enough”:http://www.nutsie.com/song/Strong%20Enough/4810447?album_id=4810442&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;artist_id=1000432. So this is an old one, but it shows having a big library sometimes let’s you remember what you used to like. Haven’t listened to this in probably two years, but it is just great. Cool lyrics.
# Wyclef Jean’s “To All the Girls”:http://www.nutsie.com/song/To%20All%20the%20Girls/4825088?album_id=4825075&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;artist_id=4724014. It’s hip hop, but it does have a message. Just listen to it. The rest of his album is equally great.
# Cassie Me &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp; U. A relatively old one and not on Nutsie, but a great song. I know I’m genre skipping, but what the heck?
# Jordin Sparks “Tattoo”:http://www.nutsie.com/song/Tattoo/7177061?artist_id=4715098&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;album_id=7177050. Another American Idol winner, but I do love this song anyway. Great lyrics. I’m learning to love the lyrics.
# Paula Deanda’s “Walk Away”:http://www.nutsie.com/song/Walk%20Away/2139228. Isn’t on Nutsie properly as it thinks it is from an album by Lo-Pro, but it is a terrific song. I love the “Does she play PS2 until 6 in the morning like I do”
# The Pussycat Dolls’ “Stickwitu”:http://www.nutsie.com/song/Stickwitu/2200757. This is a great video and they may be a former burlesque show, but boy at a great song. The video is a great way to learn spanish 🙂
# Snow Patrol’s “Chasing Cars”:http://www.nutsie.com/song/index/Chasing%20Cars/7016890. The only real rock song on the list. The image of just chasing cars and the teenage years are awesome!
# Hinder’s “Lips of an Angel”:http://www.nutsie.com/song/Lips%20of%20an%20Angel/4938354. I like this rock and roll mainly because it’s again such a vivid image of a real life phone call.
!>http://images.nutsie.com/mcs-file/r03/3280187/21! Hey I’m not on the board anymore, but Bob has done an incredible job with “Nutsie”:http://nutsie.com. It works on the Mac, upload your iTunes playlist (not the songs), it then plays them for you in a random shuffle and recommends new songs for you based on it.
OK, I use Tritag for making my mp3s have nice tags, but it doesn’t have either lyric finding or artwork finding. “Mactags.blogspot.com”:http://mactags.blogspot.com if you can believe it actually has a review of all Mac based MP3 taggers (talk about narrowcasting).
Here are some good recommendations:
“MP3-Info”:http://mactags.blogspot.com/2007/02/important-mp3-renamer-i-forgot-to.html. This lets you right click and look at tags, which is OK.
“MP3 ID3X”://http://www.three-2-one.com/321apps/main/global/index1.htm It isn’t freeware, but costs $18 and is ancient (not updated since 2005), on the other hand, it is the only mac tool I can find that does artwork and lyric finding. I have been using pearlyrics for lyric finding and it is just so, so.
“Flac”:http://flac.sourceforge.net is an format that is lossless, so you get the original quality of the recording. I almost never see it, but if you do, use “xACT”:http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/21952 to convert it to AIFF, the Apple lossless format or to MP3 with Lame, the best encoder.
OMG, I just love “Sweetest Girl”:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carnival_Vol._II:_Memoirs_of_an_Immigrant by Wyclef Jean. it is terrific Hip Hop for those of you who like that kind of stuff. Check out the “video”:http://youtube.com/watch?v=7PxBGHjABnU
I’m also listening to “Avril Lavigne’s”:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avril_Lavigne “Keep Holding On”:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keep_Holding_On
“MP3Tag”:http://www.mp3tag.de/ is a nice freeware program that lets you take MP3 tags and change the filename. I like to do this so that all my music is really nicely laid out.
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I’ve always loved this song by Elton John and thought it was just about two brothers leaving, but saw being a “Cold Case”:http://www.tv.com/cold-case/show/16989/summary.html mainly because of its great “Soundtrack”:http://www.tv.com/cold-case/the-war-at-home/episode/835342/summary.html?tag=ep_list;title;1 I found out that the song has a missing set of lyrics. Apparently, it was really about a fictional Vietnam vet who has lost his sight and was headed out of the US to live in Spain. Totally change the meaing when you know about the lost “lyric”:http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20061029192014AAOqV51. Most amazing the “song”:http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=2350 was written recorded in just one day.
Now that Musicmatch has really broken on my machines (Yahoo bought it and it isn’t supported much anymore), I really need to find a good tagger. Musicmatch is still my favorite because it has very easy Album finding and also it lets you rename files from tags automatically and put in tags based on filenames. So the search goes on. I tried DBpoweramp tagger, but it doesn’t have these features. Neither does Windows Media Player nor iTunes, so now I’m trying “MP3Tag”:http://www.mp3tag.de
MP3Tag is shareware and does this magical file to tag and vice versa. It doesn’t have a cover art finder, but I head iTunes 7.0 now has this.