NI-2 LYRICS TRAINING – Bruno Mars -“Locked out of Heaven”

CLICK ON THE IMAGE TO GO TO THE LYRICS TRAINING EXERCISE

BRUNO MARS

ALFIE – Lily Allen

NOTICE LILY’S ACCENT. SHE DOESN’T SING IN A FALSE AMERICAN ACCENT LIKE SO MANY BRITISH SINGERS. HER ACCENT IS TYPICALLY “ESTUARY ENGLISH” or “COCKNEY”. SHE HARDLY PRONOUNCES HER “t’s”, FOR INSTANCE. THIS IS VERY TYPICAL FEATURE OF BOTH ACCENTS.

NOTES ON ESTUARY ENGLISH        NOTES ON COCKNEY SPEECH

C1 – Two-part Expressions/Idiomatic Pairs/Binomials

Idiomatic Pairs – You can download some notes from DropBox and try some of the exercise links in TAB “C-1”


Binomials/Idiomatic pairs/Two-part expressions

Many students have difficulty recognizing and remembering idioms. Here’s a tip for you:

When you are learning a new idiom, say it out loud a few times. Then, say it in several different sentences – push yourself to keep trying new ways of using it. The more you say it, the easier it is to remember. This is how many salespeople and politicians learn people’s names – don’t say it in your head, say it out loud!

Another tip is to try and visualise the idiom in pictures. For example:

Sink or swim

Bread and butter

Try out your new skill with these special idiomatic pairs!
Some idiomatic pairs are used as nouns and some are used as adjectives, regardless of what kind of words are paired together.

Some pairs that are used like NOUNS:

Odds and Ends
Pins and Needles
Wear and Tear

Some pairs that are used like ADJECTIVES:

Cut and Dried
Free and Easy
Touch and Go

Let’s practice learning “touch and go.” You might notice that although this idiom is used as an adjective, it is formed from two verbs, which makes it particularly tricky. “Touch and go” means precarious, uncertain, maybe even dangerous, and it is used to describe situations in which one must be very careful.

Let’s use it in a few sentences:
It has been touch and go ever since my mother’s operation.
The president announced that the negotiations between the warring factions have been touch and go.
Touch and go situations often arise when approaching an unfamiliar dog.

Look for the meaning of the other idiomatic pairs given and do the same: think of a few sentences for each one. Say them all aloud. It doesn’t take long to learn new idioms in this way, and it ensures that they stick with you.

TAKE A LOOK AT THIS EXPLANATION

Sick and tired? WATCH THE ANASTACIA VIDEO of “Sick and Tired”.

HERE ARE SOME MORE BINOMIALS IN SONGS FOUND BY STUDENTS FROM A PREVIOUS YEAR:

MORE HERE

C1 (10am) Pink – Linkin’ Park – Sting

These are some of the songs I mentioned in class today.

pink-linkin' park-sting

Apart from looking at the vocabulary, you could also try paraphrasing the songs: rewrite the ideas in them in your own words.

BTW, if you’re sick of adverts and clutter on YouTube, etc, try this:  http://viewpure.com/

Simply drag the button below into your bookmarks toolbar (or right click and favorite it) to use it. Next time you see a video you want to purify, click the button 

PINK – Dear Mr President

LINKIN’ PARK – The Little Things Give You Away

STING – Englishman in New York

Chris Hadfield – Space Oddity

ASTRONAUT

Chris Hadfield’s music video shot aboard the International Space Station went viral on Monday, turning an astronaut into an overnight music sensation with his zero-gravity version of David Bowie’s hit “Space Oddity.”

As the first Canadian to command the space station, Chris Hadfield had already earned himself a place in the history books.

But as he prepared to return home on Monday after more than five months in orbit, Hadfield released a poignant “cyberspace” rendition of Bowie’s song, which was first released in 1969 just ahead of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

With its familiar refrain “Ground Control to Major Tom,” the video had more than 1.5 million hits on YouTube early Monday afternoon as the first music video ever filmed in space.

The video shows the astronaut singing about the impending end of his space mission while floating in mid-air above the blue Earth. Bowie’s original lyrics have been modified to fit in with Chris’ situation.

“Though I’ve flown 100,000 miles, I’m feeling very still and before too long I know it’s time to go,” the astronaut croons.

Hadfield’s singing and acoustic guitar playing is accompanied by stunning video of the space station flying around the planet, a guitar free-floating and an eerie shot of a spacesuit at night.

The video, which was put together with the help of Hadfield’s son Evan and with the support of David Bowie, ends with a Soyuz capsule parachuting to Earth.

Hadfield has conducted a public outreach campaign since before he blasted off for the station in December 2012, sharing comments and photographs on Twitter and other social media outlets. The video caps the campaign, adding a dazzling end to his mission.

BTW Chris is the lead vocalist and bass guitar player in the Houston-based all-astronaut rock band, Max Q.

Music Vocabulary

Match the verb in the column on the left with the correct noun from the column on the right

VERB NOUN
compose tune
conduct drum
write horn
play instrument
blow piece of music
tap orchestra
improvise lyrics
sing song
hum solo
beat foot

Fill in the blanks with a word from the exercise above, make sure to conjugate the verbs.

  1. Don’t you think the Maestro ___________ the orchestra well?
  2. He beat the _________ like a madman!
  3. John Lenon _________ the lyrics to many of the Beattle’s best songs.
  4. You can tell when Petra is in a good mood, she ________ one of her favorite tunes.
  5. The most famous opera __________ by Mascagni was “Cavelleria Rusticana”.
  6. Jazz musicians almost always ___________ their solos.
  7. The ___________ always tune their instruments before they begin the concert.
  8. I can remember the time when President Clinton got up on MTV to _______ his horn – the saxophone.
  9. Would you please not tap your _______ in time to the music?
  10. Some of the best rock singers don’t _________ their songs, they shout them!

 

GOT MUSIC…?

THIS BOY CERTAINLY HAS IT!!!

NB-1 LEMON TREE (PRESENT CONTINUOUS)

Practise the present continuous with these songs:

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OR GO TO: LYRICSTRAINING

1. LEMON TREE – FOOL’S GARDEN

LEMON TREE

I’m ________ here in the ________ room
It’s just another rainy Sunday afternoon
I’m ________ my time
I got nothing to do
I’m ________ around
I’m ________ for you
But nothing ever happens and I wonder

I’m ________ around in my car
I’m ________ too fast
I’m ________ too far
I’d like to change my point of view
I feel so lonely
I’m ________ for you
But nothing ever happens and I wonder

I wonder how
I wonder why
Yesterday you told me ’bout the blue blue sky
And all that I can see is just a yellow lemon-tree
I’m________ my head up and down
I’m turning turning turning turning turning around
And all that I can see is just another lemon-tree

I’m ________ here
I miss the power
I’d like to go out ________ a shower
But there’s a heavy cloud inside my head
I feel so tired
Put myself into bed
While nothing ever happens and I wonder

Isolation is not good for me
Isolation I don’t want to sit on the lemon-tree

I’m ________ around in the desert of joy
Baby anyhow I’ll get another toy
And everything will happen and you wonder

2. TOM’S DINER – SUZANNE VEGA

I ……………………………………./In the morning/At the diner/On the corner

I ……………………………………./At the counter/For the man/To pour the coffee

And he fills it/Only halfway/And before/I even argue

He ……………………………………./Out the window/At somebody/……………………………………. in
“It is always/Nice to see you”/Says the man/Behind the counter

To the woman/Who has come in/She ……………………………………./Her umbrella

And I look/The other way/As they ……………………………………./Their hellos

I ……………………………………./Not to see them/And Instead/I pour the milk

I open/Up the paper/There’s a story/Of an actor

Who had died/While he was ……………………………………./He was no one/I had heard of

And I……………………………………./To the horoscope/And looking/For the funnies

When I ……………………………………./Someone ……………………………………. me
And so I raise my head

There’s a woman/On the outside/……………………………………. inside/Does she see me?

No she does not/Really see me/Cause she sees/Her own reflection

And I ……………………………………./Not to notice/That she’s hitch……………../Up her skirt

And while she’s/Straighten………….. her stockings/Her hair/……………………………………. wet

Oh, this rain/It will continue/Through the morning/As I …………………………………….

To the bells/Of the cathedral/I ……………………………………./Of your voice…

And of the midnight picnic/Once upon a time/Before the rain began…

I finish up my coffee/It’s time to catch the train

see full lyrics here

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