Talking about Music

In this episode from Perfect English with Danny Podcast, we will talk about music. We will learn words that are very useful when we are talking about music, which happens to be a very common topic people talk about all the time.

Episode 142 – Talking about Music Audio

Episode 142 – Talking about Music Transcript

Perfect English with Danny Podcast

Episode 142 – Talking about Music

Danny:

Welcome to a new episode of Perfect English with Danny. Weare so sorry about last week as we did face some technical difficulties thatprevented us from posting new episodes, but now we’re back on track and we willhave two episode this week. In this episode, we will talk about music and inthe next episode we will discuss music in the past and music now, so stay tunedand join us in our theme of the week, music.

What do you think of our theme for this week, Ben?

Ben:

Well, it’s one of the most common speaking topics of alltime. I mean you can hardly talk to anyone for longer than five minutes and notmention the topic of music.

Danny:

That’s right. People have consumed and enjoyed music forcenturies, and music has evolved a lot since its dawn. We might be dinosaurshere, but I still remember the magnetic tape cassette and the vinyl record.

Ben:

Yeah, I still remember the time when the compact discs cameout and I couldn’t imagine how they were able to pack all those tracks onto athing so small.

Danny:

But let’s be fair, when the CDs came out, it was a huge leapforward for music as far as sound quality is concerned.

Ben:

That’s right, but you know, I still listen to vinyl recordsuntil this very day. You know, they have this unique sound quality that is notabout clarity, but it kind of feels authentic.

Danny:

I agree, but let’s face it, people nowadays listen to musicmostly on their phones, tablets or computers. They just download the music andlisten to it wherever they are.

Ben:

Yeah, the introduction of mp3 and the growth of the internetmade all this internet music business possible. Nowadays, you can subscribe toone of the music directories and download as many songs as you like, such asApple music, which is the largest player in this field.

Danny:

That’s right. Downloading music as mp3 files is easy. Youcan download a whole album or individual tracks.

Ben:

Just let’s tell people the difference between an album and atrack. The album, as many of you must know, is a collection of songs that isavailable for download, or as a CD or record. You can also refer to the CD orrecord as an album, but a track is one song or piece of music from an album.

Danny:

Yeah, and you can save your favorite albums and tracks inplaylists so you can find them easily. You can sync the music files on yourcomputer with your phone.

Ben:

And sync is a short for synchronize, which means to haveexactly the same files and data on more than one device. In our case, we aretalking about music files.

Danny:

You can also stream music from the internet or from yourcomputer to other rooms in your home if you have the right equipment. And streamhere means that you can play music in real time from one source to another.

Ben:

But you know, with all these options to enjoy music in thecomfort of your own home, people still go to concerts and watch liveperformances, which might not have the same sound quality of a downloaded file.

Danny:

That’s true. It’s a totally different thing to listen toyour favorite band performing live away from the controlled environment of therecording studio. It’s our nature as people, when we love something orsomebody, we need to experience that first-hand. Besides that, concerts areusually a lot of fun and a great way to have your mood uplifted.

Ben:

Yeah, I mean no matter how much you listen to the bestrecording of a rock band at home, things are so different live. For one thing,it’s not so cool to get crazy on your own at home, but when the whole crowdgoes wild, you can dance to that.

Danny:

That’s right. I remember I had this discussion with one ofmy friends when I was much younger. I hadn’t been to a concert before, but hehad. I was arguing that it was stupid to go to concerts where it would be loud,and the music wouldn’t be of that much of a high quality. He told me then youwouldn’t know it until you tried it, and he was absolutely right. I stillremember the very first rock concert I have been to. Although I was not a bigfan of rock music, it was awesome.

Ben:

Well, talking about rock bands. How many people does itusually take to form a rock band?

Danny:

Why, do you want to form one? We are two. Well, typically,we need three more. A rock band usually has a lead singer, a lead guitarist, akeyboard player, a drummer and a bass guitarist. Some rock bands have moremembers, and some have fewer, but this is what a typical rock band consists of.

Ben:

Well, rock music is just one genre of music. There are manyother types of music and people have different tastes in music.

Danny:

Yeah, but what I believe is that people usually enjoylistening to many types, but they have one favorite type above all the rest.They can listen to classical music, such as Beethoven or Mozart’s music.  

Ben:

Don’t we call it classic music?

Danny:

Not really. A classic film, piece of writing, or piece ofmusic is of very high quality and has become a standard against which similarthings are judged. So, you can call a Michael Jackson’s song a classic, but notclassical. You see, classical is the music type or genre.

Ben:

Oh, I see. So, besides rock music and classical music, wehave so many other types. We have the R&B, which stands for Rhythm andBlues. It is originally a black American form of blues music with a strongrhythm.

Danny:

There is also folk music or country music. It is Anotherpopular genre of American music which originated in the 1920s, Country musichas its roots from American folk and western music. It is formed using simpleforms of instruments ranging from electric and steel guitars to drums andmandolin or mouth organ. Some very popular country music singers include ShaniaTwain, Johnny Cash, Taylor Swift and Kenny Rogers.

Ben:

There is also Jazz, which is Identified with swing and bluenotes. Jazz has its roots both in the West African and European culture. It issaid that Jazz is “One of America’s original art forms” and boasts a uniquecombination of creativity, coactions and interactivity. Originating in the late19th to early 20th century, Jazz has also played an important role inintroducing the world to a number of women performers like Ella Fitzgerald,Betty Carter, Abbey Lincoln and Ethel Waters.

Danny:

There is also Electronic Dance Music, which is generallyreferred to as EDM, this form of music is produced by DJs who add dozens oftones to a piece to create unique music. You can hear them in clubs or evenlive. Famous EDM artists are Armen Van Burren, Deadmau5, Skrillex, and Tiësto.

Ben:

There is also Pop Music. “Pop” is a term derived from“Popular” and thus Pop Music is known to be a genre of popular music. With itsroots in the rock & roll style, this form can include any form of musicranging from urban and dance to rock, country and Latin. Instruments highly usedare electric guitars, synthesizer drums as well as bass and one can listen tothis form of music by listening to songs by Britney Spears, Madonna, Beyoncé,Lady Gaga and of course the “King of Pop”, Michael Jackson.

Danny:

You know, when talking about music and types of music, youcan say that you are into a type of music. For example, you can say, I am intojazz, rock, or classical.

Ben:

You can also use the decade of music instead of the genre.You can say I am into The Beatles and other 60s music. Some people are into the70s, 80s or 90s music. 

Danny:

Some people are also into soundtracks. They love musiccomposed for movies, and to be honest, there is some great music composed formovies out there. If you ever want to look for some great soundtracks, search fornames like Hans Zimmer, John Williams, and Ennio Morricone among many otherfilm composers.

Ben:

You know I usually listen to all types of music. I havefavorite songs from almost all genres, but one thing I cannot stand for sure iscanned music.

Danny:

Canned music? What do you mean by canned music?

Ben:

It’s the music you hear in supermarkets, elevators orsomewhere in the background, which is artificial and ugly.

Danny:

Ok, I get it, like some music you listen to in commercials.

Ben:

Yeah that’s right. You know sometimes, this can also referto some so-called singers when they just lip-sync in front of a camera.

Danny:

Yeah, the song plays in the background and they just movetheir lips with the music.

Ben:

It’s a shame so many singers nowadays have no clue aboutmusic whatsoever.

Danny:

I mean they don’t need to read music, but at least they needto have a good ear, so they can pick out tunes easily.

Ben:

Yeah, I mean away from the highly professional musicians ofan orchestra, you don’t need to read music to even become a musician. In otherwords, you don’t have to be a trained musician. You can play by ear if you want,but you do need to have a good ear to do that.

Danny:

That’s right. So, I guess, that concludes our talk aboutmusic. In the next episode, we will discuss music in the past and music now andwe will try to use the words we learned here in our discussion and so you maydo that as well.

Ben:

Don’t forget to help us promote this podcast by sharing alink with your friends, or rating the podcast on your favorite podcastplatform, where you are listening to us right now. It really helps us grow andstay alive. 

Danny:

You can also tell your friends about it, talk about what youhave learned, and this way you may practice what you learn here as well. Anddon’t forget that you can send us any questions you like or suggest themes youwould like to learn more about, and we will make sure to include those in theweeks to come. There is our podcast page on my website where you do just that.

Ben:

You can find all the links you need in the description ofthe episode.

Danny:

That’s right. So, this is a big thank you for listening toanother episode from our podcast, Perfect English with Danny. Ben and I willsee you next time. Stay tuned.

Ben:

And don’t forget that you can find the transcript of thisepisode as a PDF attached to this episode or you can take the link you can findin the description of the episode to take you to the transcript on our website.Thank you very much and see you next time.  

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