Posted on 10 December, 2014 by| 21 views | comments
Rhyming is one of the things that make listening to songs enjoyable. It gives the song lyrics shape and excitement, which is why songwriters use them often. Then again, you should not obligate yourself to write your songs in rhymes, as it is really not necessary. A good resource for rhyming Technics is the Pat Pattison Book Songwriting: Essential Guide to Rhyming Looking for and listening to rhymes in poems and songs have become a natural instinct for humans. It creates a sense of rhythm or “hook” that catches your attention, which piques you interest making you listen to it more. Thus, the conception of the term “Last Song Syndrome” wherein a song gets stuck in your head even though you only heard it once or twice.The general assumption is that rhyming only involves the vowels and their multiple sounds. Truth is, there are many different rhyming styles, and you can incorporate them in your song lyrics. Masculine – stress is on the final syllables of the words (rhyme, crime, sublime) Feminine – Stress is on the second from last syllables (picky, sticky, tricky) Dactylic – stress is on the third from last syllable (‘Aristophanes’, cacophonies) Syllabic – the final syllable of the words doesn’t necessarily contain vowels but sounds the same (cleaver, silver, pitter, patter) Imperfect – rhyme made with stressed and unstressed syllable (caring, wing) Semirhyme – rhyme made with an additional syllable on a word (ending, bend) Oblique – also known as slant rhyming, is made with a match in sound although imperfect (fiend, green) Assonance – made by matching vowels (hate, shakre) Consonance – made by matching consonants (dark, her) Half rhyme – also known as sprung rhyme, is made by matching last consonants (ant, bent) Alliteration – also known as head rhyme, is made by matching starting consonants (ship, short) The rhyming styles should just be your reference and you should not get so technical about them and start worrying which one of the above you should use. Let your intuition and instinct be your guide when making rhymes. Focus instead on writing good song lyrics and telling a good story or theme.Here are a few rhyming tips: - Create structure to the lyrics by choosing a rhyme pattern. There are quite a few rhymes to every word and a lot more combinations to create. Take a look at your favorite songs and analyze their rhyming patterns. - Stay creative while following your rhyming structure. As a songwriter, you should keep coloring outside the lines and breaking the rules. Try to rhyme in different ways. You might be surprised with what you come up with. They may work or they may not, at least you are being unique and creative. - Avoid using the same words – it’s not really rhyming. Overusing rhyming words will only irritate your audience and make your song boring so unless it’s absolutely necessary, never do it. Use a new rhyme pattern for each stanza or a new sound to rhyme with every stanza. - Stop being too analytic. Thinking too much holds back that artist within you. Use your emotion and instinct, not your brain. Your main goal is to write down what you feel and think. When you write freely, it will be easier to find rhyming words and sounds. - Don’t be a perfectionist. Just write… A lot. Never worry about cleanup. You can do that later. Worrying about neatness blocks the creative process. Just let your thoughts flow and rhyming will come naturally too. - Take a note of everything. Songwriters are some of the most observant persons in the world because it is in their experience that they draw their emotions from when writing song lyrics. - Take timeouts. Periodically take a break and let your brain rest for a while by doing something else. Then get back to what you have written. This will give you a fresh outlook on what you’re writing about.
Posted on 26 November, 2014 by| 15 views | comments
Songwriting is half craft and half art. It's part emotional and part technical. And like playing the piano or other musical instruments, you must learn the techniques first before you can play by heart. Songs are made up of common elements although some may have one that another does not. Melody - This is the song's tune. It's what you play or sing. Great melodies are catchy and easy to remember and a potential hit song should have both of these. Rhythm and Beat - What makes the audience feel the song is its beat, also known as the song's tempo. It can either be fast or slow. The beat that the musical instruments follow is called a song’s rhythm. Chords or Chord Progression - This is what accompanies the melody of the whole song and is also typically part of its rhythm. The order the chords are played is called the chord progression. Style and Genre – The rhythm and the beat of a song defines its genre. It can be pop, rock, country, or R&B. When the song is constructed with the instruments and words, the style may then vary. Style branches out from the song’s genre like alternative, punk rock, blues, and others. Hook – Remember that part of that song that you can’t get out of your head? That’s called the song’s hook. Great songwriting calls for good hooks. There are even songs that are built on repeating that hook over and over. The title of the song can also be its hook. Lyrics – Simply put, the lyrics are the words that you speak out in a song. These words describe the story of the song, it’s theme and its title. Typically, lyrics will be structured in rhymes and patterns to make the song easier to listen to. Concept or Story – All great songs have stories to tell. This is also referred to as the song’s concept or theme. The title, typically, conveys the essence of the theme which is then expounded by the lyrics while the song unfolds. Sections of the Song – Most songs are divided into sections that are named intro, stanza or verse, chorus, the bridge, and others. Typically, the verses or stanzas, and chorus are the meat of the whole song and they describe the theme or concept of the whole song. The other parts like intro, lead breaks, bridge will act as supporters to these main components. The sections are also structured in measures or bars. They usually have a length of four beats but they can be long or shorter. Good songwriting calls for proper bar structuring. Arrangement – Arrangement of the sections of the song refers to the order in which they are placed, liked intro-verse-verse-chorus-verse. The arrangement of the instruments, on the other hand, refers to how the vocals, instruments, and other parts are organized in a song. Length – The length of the song varies according to the style, genre, or the preference of the song writer or arranger. The typical song length is about three and a half to four minutes long. It can be longer or it can be shorter depending on how it has been arranged during recording. In your analysis of songs written by successful songwriters, you will find that some of them contain some, all, or more of the elements mentioned in this article. But still they will follow certain rules and formulas to keep within the mainstream music. As a songwriter, feel free in breaking some rules and at times creating new ones in your songwriting. Who knows, you might come up with a great hit while doing experiments with these common song elements?
Posted on 24 November, 2014 by| 11 views | comments
Lyrics are the best way to express your feelings. You can talk about anything like relationships, triumphs, sorrow, and many more. When feelings are your inspiration, a song becomes meaningful and full of emotions. Here are some ways on how to write meaningful lyrics. 1. Find your object of focus.Writing words for a song needs a topic to focus on. It could be an emotion of yours, an experience, or a person. A subject will make a song stand out. 2. Create a story.Once you have decided about your topic, construct a narrative relating to it. Make sure that you write in sequence to keep the story flow organized. A story in a song will be interesting for listeners and will keep them hooked up with it. 3. Choose appropriate words.Careful usage of words is very important. You don’t use words just because you like them in your lyrics. You can browse a dictionary or book to help you find appropriate words and phrases that suit your composition. Choose the words wisely, without sacrificing the rhyming element. Always choose simpler words as they are better and easy to listen to. 4. If possible, use a rhyming dictionary.If you are new to the art, there is nothing wrong with using a rhyming dictionary. Make this as your guide to keep your composition from being over-rhymed. 5. Don’t waste words.This simply means that you should avoid using repetitive words. Cross out words that occur many times within the composition. In this way, listeners will not be bored with it since they hear different selections of words. 6. Always check for grammar lapses.Always watch your tenses. Check if your sentences are well-structured, and see to it that every pronoun, adverb, and adjective used are connected with each other. Always give an extra effort in correcting grammar mistakes to make your lyrics sound professional. 7. Write words that are also beyond your feelings.If you can’t relate with your emotions, you can base your words with what’s around you. You can write based on political issues, other people’s feeling, and more. 8. Revise your words as you go along.If you feel that there is something wrong with your composition, don’t just throw it away. Instead, just start over since you can still use some of the ideas you have with your first draft. 9. Keep your main idea in the chorus.Make sure that you write your words in a way that your audience will have that feeling that they should hear the chorus to get the story. Through this, you create an exciting feeling for your listeners. However, be mindful that you should not reveal the main idea by writing it literally. Learn to use metaphors to make your listeners imagine the scenario.Another good tip is to start writing the words for your chorus first to set the idea of the whole composition. 10. Write your lyrics from within.Even if your composition is not based on your own feelings, it will still be meaningful if you put a piece of yourself into it. In this way, your song will be full of emotions and that will make your listeners want to hear the song over and over again. 11. Let others interpret your composition.Look for people who can give their own interpretations of your song. Once they interpreted it the way you do, then you have done a good job.This quick guide will help you to write meaningful lyrics that everyone can relate to. So, grab your notebook and pen and start creating your own composition today.
Posted on 23 November, 2014 by| 14 views | comments
There are a lot of songs that we listen to nowadays. Some are happy while some are emotional. However, a song will never be meaningful without the words, its lyrics. This is considered as the backbone of a song, and where all the sense of the song comes from. Lyrics are the words that make up a song. These are usually divided into verses and choruses. Words that are intended to be used for Opera musical compositions are called libretto. This gives the song its meaning. Yes, the music itself would make the song happy or sad, but it is the words that tell the story.Tracing its origins, it comes from a Greek word “lyrikos” which means lyre in adjective form since the Greek poetry is sung with a lyre accompaniment.The lyrics of a song are usually divided into different parts; these are the verse, chorus, and the bridge. The verse is the poetic stanza of a song. It sometimes appears in a song three to four times, most often twice at the beginning. They are written with the same tune, but with different words. They usually tell the story details of the song. It supports the chorus musically and lyrically. The second part is the chorus. It tells the main idea or the theme of the song, lyrically and musically. You will notice that this part is always repeated throughout the song and rarely changes words or music. It usually comes after the verses. The third part is the bridge. This section is considered to be the contrast of the verse. It is inserted in a song to break its repetitive pattern by putting a dominant lyrical transition. One way of seeing lyrics is by looking at it as poem written for music. By merely making a poem, you can actually turn them into song words since poems also have rhyming and descriptive elements. It can also be a narrative or could mean anything by self-interpretation. You can write your songs in a way that they tell a story, set an emotion, or convey an important message. Aside from telling a story, it can also be used for other purposes. There are songs that contain words that are considered to be social commentaries. They may come as social, political, and economical messages. They can be expressed explicitly or through symbolism. When writing a song, there are a many things that you need to consider to make your lyrics shine. Here are some of them. It should be well structured. The words will never be interesting if they are not well organized. It should contain the basics like the verses, the chorus and the word rhyming elements. Make your words simple. As much as possible, do not use word shortcuts as this will be irritating for people who will read the words of your song. Also, avoid word misspellings. Make them powerful. One way to connect with your listeners is to make the words relatable to them. Make sure to use words that your listeners can easily understand. •Write them from the heart. Since the words will tell the story, it is important that you write each lyric with love and passion. This will give you an easier time conveying your message to the people who will read or listen to it. Writing song lyrics is easy if you know how to collect ideas and thoughts and organize them in a way that it will inspire you and others. Use your words and turn them into a song to tell a story, send a message, and make a change.
Posted on 20 September, 2014 by| 27 views | 2 comments
Every song you write will have some commonalities. Most people believe if you can write poetry you can write songs. You couldn’t be more wrong. Lyrics can have poetry but poetry alone does not make a song. Songwriting Tips: First you need a Concept/Idea or melody for your song. If you do not have a melody it will be an idea or feeling which will drive you to write the song. The Title of your song The Title of your song is an important part of it. It should be short, a single word or phrase but illustrate what your song is about, create an impact with the listener and will hopefully stay in the listener’s mind. Structure of your Lyrics This is where writing lyrics becomes different from writing poetry. Typical structures of a song can look like this: Verse – Chorus – Verse – Chorus – Bridge - Chorus. Verse / Chorus / Verse / Chorus / Verse) / Chorus Verse / Verse / Bridge / Verse A verse should provide the story and build up to the chorus....but do not generally repeat words or phrases in the verse. Words should not be repeated more than two times (or three max.) in a verse or chorus. The chorus itself is repeated, but no repetition within. The Chorus should stay in the mind of the listener and be easy to remember and perhaps hummable. The song's theme or story should be reflected in the verse. The title of the song should be repeated in the chorus. The bridge will give the song a different dimension or turn and then return to the verse, creating the crescendo at the end with the final chorus. Rhyme Scheme You are not writing a poem, therefore don’t get hung up on looking for beautiful rhyming words. You could destroy the flow of your lyrics. Many inexperienced Lyricist end up with scattered poetic lines without an overall scheme keeping the song together. Some of the common rhyme schemes or pattern are shown below: X-Y-X-Y The first line rhymes with the third, while the second rhymes with the fourth. X-X-X-X The same rhyming sound throughout. X-X-Y-Y The first line rhymes with the second, while the third rhymes with the fourth. There are many different rhyme schemes. If you are a beginner stick with the common schemes and once you are more experienced experiment with some others. Some Essential Songwriting Tips. Country Songs are story telling songs. Pop songs are more focused on a popular scheme reflecting existing trends with focus on dance oriented beats, catchy phrases rather than a story line. The length of a pop song is about 3 minutes and a consistent rhythmic tune. The structure is typically verse – chorus and the thirty – two bar form with a focus on the melody and not the lyrics. The lyrics of pop songs are often about love and romance. You can also read the book Songwrting 101/ Plane And Simple! One of my favorite movies about song writing is 'Music and Lyrics'.
Posted on 20 September, 2014 by| 25 views | comments
There can be no denying the impact that Paul McCartney has made on the music world over the past 50 years. He has influenced countless other artists, and now they are paying their respect by covering McCartney’s songs as a solo artist, as well as those done with Wings and The Beatles. The new compilation will be released as an album called The Art of Paul McCartney. The artists appearing on the compilation album are legends in their own right, and they have taken the McCartney songs they love and given them a unique new rendering. The list includes Billy Joel (Live and Let Die, Maybe I’m Amazed), Smokey Robinson (So Sad), Bob Dylan (Things We Said Today), Willie Nelson (Yesterday), B.B. King (On the Way), Barry Gibb (When I’m 64), Smokey Robinson (So Bad), and many more besides. The first single release from the album was premiered by Rolling Stone magazine, and is an amazing rendition of “Hello Goodby” performed by The Cure, and also featuring Paul’s son James. The full album is set to come out on November 18th, with the track listing also including “Venus and Mars”/”Rock Show,” performed by Kiss, “Eleanor Rigby,” by Alice Cooper, and “Helter Skelter,” performed at full blast by Roger Daltrey of The Who. The project is the brainchild of former McCartney producer Ralph Sall, who previously worked with Paul on the revival of “A Love for You.” That was a track that was slated for the 1971 Wings album “Ram” and used on the “In-Laws” movie soundtrack. That work was done back in 2003, at which time Paul gave Ralph Sall his blessing for the tribute album. Much of the backing track work was done with Paul’s backing band, which consisted of Rusty Anderson (guitarists) and Brian Ray, Paul "Wix", keyboardist Wickens and Abe Laboriel as drummer, Jr. The call then went put to artists interested in adding vocals, with the first response coming from Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys. He chose to record “Wanderlust,” a track from the 1982 McCartney solo album, “Tug of War.”
Posted on 19 September, 2014 by| 15 views | comments
As a musician you will most likely play or record some cover songs.The most significant thing you're able to do is make it your own personal unique version of the song. If you want to do a Johnny Cash cover, for example, a very important thing you can do is entirely re-work the song and do a thoroughly unique variation. You are going to certainly need to make it unique as "I walk the Line" is one of Johnny Cash's most well-loved songs. One thing you could do is, do the song with just acoustic guitar and vocals or simply piano and vocals. The song will likely then sound simple and stripped down, which will make for a fantastic cover. You want your cover song to sound special, but you likewise want listeners to understand what the song should be. The song will still be identifiable if you keep the same basic vocal melody and lyrics. Now that I have given you some ideas how to effectively perform a Johnny Cash cover song or a "I walk the Line" cover particularly and still make it sound original. Remember that playing songs is about having a great time so be sure that whatever song you determine to cover, it will be something that is enjoyable to you.
Posted on 15 September, 2014 by| 56 views | comments
Many start-up and established musicians have Cover Songs in their repertoire. Some claim the cover is sometimes better than the original.I'll give you a sample of some of the best Cover Songs. Despite great original versions, some claim the cover songs works better than the original.Just in case your are interested, today the term cover song describes a re-recording or performance of a song title previously recorded by another artist or musician. Usually someone made the song a hit. By using the popular title the artist can gain a bit of authority as the title is already known and most of the time already has an established audience who loves the song.The Terminology "Cover Song" actually goes back to the darker days of racism. In the bad old days, radio stations had been segregated into black radio stations and white radios stations. As it happened, black artists produced good songs, however, they could not be played on "white" radio stations, therefore the white fans would write to labels and producers to re-produce the song with a white artist, thus Cover the song.Aren’t you glad those times are over, and that today only your skills count and not the colour of your skin? Now the Songs and their best cover songs: Higher Ground, by Stevie Wonder - Cover Red Hot Chilli Peppers Jolene, by Dolly Parton, -Cover The White Stripes California Sun, by Joe Jones - Cover The Ramons Spanish Eyes, by Al Martino - Cover Rudy Giovannini Luana, by Flippers - Cover Luis Berger Hurt, by Nine Inch Nails - Cover Jonny Cash Liebeskummer Lohnt sich nicht, by Siw Malmquist - Cover Barbara Schiller Goodbye comes hard for me, by Merle Haggard, Cover Rod Wiliams I Fought the Law, by the Bobby Fuller Four, Cover The Clash Nothing Compares to you, Sinéad O'Connor - Cover Mandy Euler These are just 10 versions of the Best Cover Songs available. There are many more of course. I'd love to read your opinion, why not let me know or comment on your favourite Best Cover Songs.
Posted on 24 August, 2014 by| 8 views | comments
By FRCAllMusic Music soothes the soul. There is no doubt about that. All music types appeal to different types of people. They have their own preferences and music has a certain effect to them. This is perhaps why various music genre have come up through the years; but first, what is a music genre?Music genreA genre refers to a group of individual styles of music but still have a common set of fundamental values or tradition. Think of it like a genus in taxonomy. A genus is composed of different animals; but they have a common denominator—they share a common evolutionary ancestor. At the same time, they have a couple of distinct anatomical commonalities. This is in spite of their largely different appearances. With that, a genre is composed of music with the same distinct sound or ancestry. When you hear them, you know that they are of one sound, but with a different treatment or attack at the song. This is just like in the case of rock music. You have classical rock, soft rock, punk rock, etc.; but just the same, they are all in the rock genre. A music genre is also divided into different subgenres—very much like the species in one genus. At face value, the special may not have any physical characteristic in common; but the fact still remains that they evolved from the same ancestor. You can apply this to subgenres in music through the example given above pertaining to the rock genre.Music stylesIn the broadest sense, all music can be classified into two styles—the Western Music and Oriental Music. African Music is a separate genre, although there are a number of African style music that have made their way into the Western style. Hence, African Music has been included in the Western Music category.Western music and genreNow within Western Music, there are genres and classifications. Perhaps this is what a lot of people and music lovers are familiar with: Rock Jazz Classical Blues R&B Country Reggae Hip Hop Electronic Latino Then within these genres are the subgenres or sub-classifications as mentioned above. At this age and time, however, one critic when it comes to all music genres is that some modern day offshoots that are classified as a separate genre is no more than a commercial gimmick, rather than an artistic endeavor. That is to say that the creation of a new genre is determined by the industry, not the music itself.
Posted on 19 August, 2014 by| 12 views | comments
By FRCAllMusic The industry of country music has not only made artists popular, but it also made them rich. From promoting singles and albums and performing at live shows and various concert stages worldwide, music indeed is a proof of popularity and riches. Curious of who are the richest country singers of our generation today? Here’s a countdown of the top five people who literally fetched gold from the industry according to Forbes: 5. Luke Bryan. Not just a singer, Luke Bryan also co-writes songs for other artists as well as writing his own. He has released four albums from his debut in 2008 until the present. Among his popular songs are Crash My Party, I Don’t Want This Night to End, and Drunk on You. It was reported that he had a total of 34 million USD of profits, earning him a spot on the top 5. 4. Jason Aldean. This country singer has released five studio albums and is reported to be currently working on the sixth. He has eleven singles that reached the top of the charts and a winner of various award-giving bodies for music such as Top Country Album and Song for Dirty Road Anthem of the 2012 Billboard Music Awards, and Male Vocalist of the Year by the Academy of Country Music of 2013 and 2014. Some of his songs include Night Train, Why, and The Only Way I Know, earning him a total of 37 million USD this year. 3. Kenny Chesney. With a whooping fifteen studio albums that had been released and an estimated 30 million worldwide album sales since 1994, Kenny Chesney deserves a spot on this list, having a total of 44 million USD of earnings. The Good Stuff, How Forever Feels, and Don’t Blink are some of his unforgettable hits. He is also a receiver of prestigious awards such as the 2007 People’s Choice Award for Favorite Male Artist, and Music Video of the Year during the 2011 Country Music Association Awards. 2. Taylor Swift. Praise for the only girl in the list! Who could ever forget the songs You Belong With Me, Love Story, and We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together? Selling over 5 million copies of her recent album Red, she earned 64 million USD aside from her endorsements. She is also a recipient of various awards and included in Rolling Stone’s Top 100 Greatest Country Songs of All Time with her song Mean. 1. Toby Keith. And the top spot goes to the singer-songwriter Toby Keith with 65 million USD. Branded by Billboard as the Country Singer of the Decade, he has sold a total of 40 million copies of his albums worldwide and recently had many endorsements including Ford automobiles. Among his songs are Cryin’ For Me and Red Solo Cup. Country music indeed is a genre loved by many, and the profits of the artists mentioned above is the proof. It will always be among the most popular genres of music.
Posted on 13 August, 2014 by| 7 views | comments
Music piracy has been a problem in the industry for years. This is true not only in the United States, but also in various parts of the world. In fact, there have been determined hot spots for music piracy globally and with the continuous evolution of technology, fighting this crime has become even much more difficult.What is music piracy?Piracy in this aspect involves theft of the intellectual property of musicians, recording artists and recording companies through illegal acquisition and/or distribution of their music. This is pretty much the same as with other forms of intellectual property theft except that in this case, the object of piracy include music and labels. In the past, piracy in the industry was only limited to the distribution of physical music media that were copied physically; case in point, the cassette tapes and CDs. Then through time and with the advances in technology, even the download of songs and all music types through the internet has also been covered in the issue of piracy. Albums can now be encoded in digital files and shared illegally through the cyberspace; thus opening new venues for piracy. Apart from that, there are also businesses that engage in piracy through selling albums and songs even if they do not have the rights for that. This has become especially tough for the authorities to counter especially in countries that do not recognize the international copyright law.Music piracy effectsThe damage to the industry caused by this theft is quite harsh. The former is losing millions because of piracy. Recording artists are losing what is rightfully their income from legitimate sales of albums and songs that they worked hard for. The same is true in the case of recording companies and labels that are losing large sums of money in royalties. The fact is, the production of all music types can be costly. Then add to the monetary investment the hard work and dedication that the artists and companies give for their craft and what was supposed to be a great part of their reward is not given to them because of piracy. The battle against piracyEven though there is still much left to be desired in this fight against all music piracy, the struggle of the artists and companies continue. The authorities, musicians and companies are working hand in hand to battle the theft. International bodies are also working together with them at this global era where geographic boundaries are no longer a hindrance for music sharing. Want to read more check this book out Democracy of Sound: Music Piracy and the Remaking of American Copyright in the Twentieth Century
Posted on 13 August, 2014 by| 10 views | comments
Country music is one of the popular music styles today. In fact, this holds true not only during the modern time but even decades ago. Through the years, this music genre has managed to become one of the most loved in the music industry.A brief history Country music started from the folk songs in the Southern USA during the early 1920s, pretty much like the blues genre. The immigrants from the Appalachian Mountains area brought their instruments hailing from their very origin countries, then combined their art forms in order to form what is now the renowned genre of country music.So strictly speaking, this genre contains elements as well as instruments from different countries including Ireland, Germany, Italy, and a number of African countries. A lot of the instruments used in this musical style were in its early stages are string instruments and the harmonica, which is notably one of the emblems and trademark of country songs. Music structure and subgenresThe fact is, the country genre has pretty much a lot of similarities with the blues music. One of which is the three-chord arrangement of the songs which is very simple. This is actually an essential element in both of the aforementioned music genres. At the same time, it has left much room for variation. That is why as the industry has witnessed for years, country songs—just like blues music—have been shaped by different artists in various forms. This then paved the way for the rise of sub-genres within the country music genre. The structuring as well as the instruments used in country songs went through a couple of alterations and versions over time. The early singers and bands performed using string instruments almost exclusively. By 1940s, country band performances introduced the use of drums and electric guitars. Purists did not like the idea early on; but eventually, these instruments already became a fundamental part of the musical style.The next decades witnessed the rise of other modifications just like the opening and incorporation of rock music to the country music genre—just like in the case of Elvis Presley who began his career doing country songs and later on developed a more energetic and upbeat rock and roll style to country songs. Today, country music already has a lot of popular subgenres. There are the Classic Country, Country Rock and Progressive Country. There is also the Cowboy Music, Rap Country, and Blues Country among others.