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“Living like Jim Morrison” . what does it imply or refer to? [closed]

In the Gods and Monsters song by Lana Del Ray “No one’s gonna take my soul away”, there is the line: I'm living like Jim Morrison What does this line mean?
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What is the origin of the phrase “bo selecta”?

The phrase means literally "good song" or "good DJ". selecta is the DJ ("the selector"). But why that spelling? And where does bo come from? Is it from the French beau or the Latin bona? Is there a ...
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Meaning of “black on black” in Nickelback's “Animals”

The song "Animals" by Nickelback starts with the following lines: I, I'm driving black on black Just got my license back I got this feeling in my veins This train is coming off the ...
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Meaning of “kick out the last jam of the set”

I can't clearly get this phrase. Is it related to the "kick out the jams"? Or "jam" means the song/jazz improvisation, so what does "kick out" mean in that case? The context is "they are kicking out ...
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Origin of “riff”

What’s the origin of riff, a repeated musical motif? Wikipedia and the Online Etymology Dictionary both state that its origin is uncertain, possibly an alteration of riffle, refrain, or rhythmic ...
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Word for “A Song that Sets a Scene in a Particular Region or Culture”

This is a technical term in theater and movie arts for stereotyped piece of music that is played when to cue the audience that a scene is set in a particular location. E.g. London --> Rule ...
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Term to a verse that starts with the last word of the previous verse

The music "Glad you came" by The Wanted has the following verses Turn the lights out now, now I'll take you by the hand Hand you another drink, drink it if you can Can you spend a ...
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What is the false stop in a music piece called?

For example, Watch around 2:10 here. What is this false stop called? is there a single word?
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Using your voice as an instrument

What are some words that describe using one's voice as an instrument, i.e. doing certain things with the voice, not necessarily just hitting particularly challenging higher/lower registers? Things ...
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What do you call a note that is “in” the given chord? [closed]

I'm trying to find a word that describes, for example, any one of the three notes in a C major chord. Would I just call it a "chord note"? Or is there a more fitting word or phrase to refer to that?
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What does “Nine Below Zero” mean?

There is a Blues Standard "Nine Below Zero" and I wonder what the phrase means. The chorus is Nine Below Zero, she put me down for another And it would also be super interesting where this ...
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Is there a word which describes the experience of not being able to comprehend new sensory input?

Is there a word which describes the experience of not being able to comprehend new sensory input? Specifically, I am trying to find a word which describes my experience whenever I listen to a new ...
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Why are flutes called recorders? [closed]

It seems that a certain type of flute (like the wooden one children are often given in school) is called "recorder". How did that happen?
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What is the word for someone who sees music as colours?

Some people visualise specific musical keys or chords as specific colours. There is a name for this, which I think starts with chromo-. Am I remembering this correctly?
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What's the history of the mnemonic “Father Charles goes down and ends battle”

If you work your way around the 'circle of fifths' you work your may through all the major scales. For example, starting with C major if we add one sharp, F#, we get G major. Adding a second sharp, ...
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Is there a specific word for “sheet music portfolio”?

Is there a specific name for a portfolio (a type of briefcase) that is used exclusively for holding sheet music?
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Different types of whistling

Are there terms or succinct phrases that describe the different ways of whistling listed below? The standard put-your-lips-together-and-blow Tongue against bottom teeth Sticking two fingers (thumb ...
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Name for music that imitates speech

I have searched and asked others for the answer to this but have come up dry: what is the name or technique in music where musical notes approximate/imitate speech? Note that I am not talking about ...
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Symphonic vs. symphony

Is there any clear line between a symphony and symphonic? For long, I thought that a symphony was simply a "song" played by a symphonic orchestra. Then I realized that more often than not, the ...
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Word for listening to a single song over and over

Is there an English verb that would mean listening to a single song (on repeat) over and over just because one likes it so much? In my language we have a word that would in English literally mean ...
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Orchestra Without a Score

What is the term for an orchestra or group of musicians playing without sheet music? Essentially they are "winging it" or improvising. Maybe I need to clarify the question. I recall a specific term ...
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What does “edgy beat” mean?

Ólafur Arnalds mixes strings and piano with loops and edgy beats crossing-over from classical to pop. What does the writer mean by saying edgy beats? Does the writer mean it's not exactly ...
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Do “chorus” and “refrain” have different connotations?

In a musical context, let's say musicians talking about present-day pop music (i.e. there is not a real chorus with 40 people singing), do the words “chorus” and “refrain” carry different meanings? Is ...
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What does “close to you behind the door” mean? [closed]

I love this song, it's called "Behind the Door" by Sixth Finger. I love the song, but I have no clue as to what it really means. Here's a link to the song, just in case: ...
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What's the difference between a tune and a melody?

What's the difference between a tune and a melody?