Tag: music

From Madge to the Modfather, the Chairman of the Board to the Lizard King, there’s something to the titles we give musicians.

Musical monikers: what’s in a name?

Forgive me, Bey. For I have sinned. Last Thursday, I called Britney Spears ‘The Queen’ in an over-punctuated, but seemingly innocuous, tweet. ‘So excited for #Glory. Brit is da QUEEN!!!!!’ Oh, you sweet, simple fool. My Twitter erupted in flames. Under fire from Little Monsters, Swifties, Lovatics, and Selenators. Beyonce fans, however, (the Bey Hive), […]

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Brush up on your knowledge of music terminology with this short quiz.

How well do you know music terminology?

Glastonbury may be over, but the festival summer has just started. Brush up on your knowledge of music terminology with this short quiz.

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Quiz: Shakespeare in pop songs

Quiz: Shakespeare in pop songs

If music be the food of love, play on, as Shakespeare once said – or had Orsino say in Twelfth Night, at least. (He did go on to add that he wanted ‘excess of it, that, surfeiting, / The appetite may sicken, and so die’, of course, but let’s omit that bit for the moment.) Shakespeare not […]

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Ice Cube

9 singers and groups you may not expect to find in the OED

Over two million quotations are included in the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) and, with approximately 33,300 quotations, Shakespeare is the author you’re most likely to encounter when looking up a word. While the Bard’s inclusion doesn’t seem very surprising, the dictionary also cites a number of people whose inclusion is a bit more unexpected. For example, […]

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“Architecture in general is frozen music.” - Friedrich von Schelling (1775–1854)

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musicals

Quiz: can you match the lyrics to the musical?

Whether or not you’re able to be a regular attendee at Broadway shows or buy the soundtracks, there are plenty of phrases you’ll be able to identify from the lyrics of hit musicals. Take our quiz to see if you can match the lyrics to the musical.

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Taylor Swift

She can read you like a magazine: the lyrics of Taylor Swift

You’d think writing about Taylor Swift’s use of words would be easy. Everyone knows her style, right? It’s so distinct that she has tried to trademark it. But let me tell you, there’s something ethereal about Taylor’s lyricism – it’s surprisingly hard to settle on any individual words that are markedly hers. ‘It’s because she’s […]

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Check out our list of dances

A list of dances from the OED

Because the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) captures the breadth and variety of the English language, something that one can trace through its entries are cultural fads and crazes. With that in mind, we have pulled together a list of dances mentioned in the OED, some new, some old, some still popular today, and others lost to […]

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