the "Millennia Whoop" saturating current popular music

Annie Deeley
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Yup, Dusty, that's the one, So HAppy Together! I guess limited tunes are nothing new - but I do long for a good tune now and then...

Dusty Turtle
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How could I not respond that you are referring to a song by whom?  The Turtles!  So Happy Together?

 

Annie, you are certainly correct, but I would suggest that songs with no range are nothing new.  Remember the song "Da Doo Ron Ron?" It was a top ten hit in the early 60s by the Crystals and again in 1977 by Shaun Cassidy. The melody (both A and B parts) only has 3 notes!  Do Re and Mi!  You can play the whole melody using only three frets on a single string on your dulcimer.  And the chorus doesn't even make any sense!




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Annie Deeley
@annie-deeley
last year
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And another thing: most pop songs these days seem to use the whoops instead of a tune. IMHO the range of notes used is often too narrow.i.e. moving up or down 1 note or 2, rather than all over the place in a melodic way. Does anybody remember the song that had in the chorus "I can't see me lovin' nobody but you, for all my life."? Now that was a tune! 

Jan Potts
@jan-potts
last year
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Ha!  I knew there was a good reason I was up in the middle of the night!

Great seeing Bubbles again!

 




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Lisa Golladay
@lisa-golladay
last year
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Two lovely backup singers!  Delightful... and yet... terrifying.  You may become famous for this one.  Watch out.  hi5

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
last year
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Loved it Dusty.

Ken

"The dulcimer whoops a sweet song."

hugssandi
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HA!  ~greatest video everrrrr, Dusty~  :)

Strumelia
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Dusty Turtle
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And now presenting . . . for the first time anywhere (except when they made the recording) . . . Dusty and the Millennial Whoopers!

 




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updated by @dusty-turtle: 09/18/16 01:10:20PM
Lisa Golladay
@lisa-golladay
last year
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Dusty Turtle:


Lisa Golladay:

 

This could be our opportunity to break new ground in the folk tradition.  In Scarlet Town where I was born (wah-oh wah-oh) there was a fair maid dwellin' (wah-oh wah-oh wah-oh)...

 


 

Oh my, Lisa. You know I have to post a video of that, don't you!

All those hours in the car listening to Katy Perry make you just the man to do it!

Dusty Turtle
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last year
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Lisa Golladay:

This could be our opportunity to break new ground in the folk tradition.  In Scarlet Town where I was born (wah-oh wah-oh) there was a fair maid dwellin' (wah-oh wah-oh wah-oh)...

 

Oh my, Lisa. You know I have to post a video of that, don't you!




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updated by @dusty-turtle: 09/16/16 03:39:02PM
Lisa Golladay
@lisa-golladay
last year
83 posts

Dusty, you are a wonderful Dad.  I could only handle a 1:4 ratio of Millennial Whoop to Other without going crazy.  Although I do enjoy whooping along sometimes. 

Slate has a fun article about this: http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2016/08/29/the_millennial_whoop_the_simple_wa_oh_ing_melodic_sequence_showing_up_all.html

Andy Samberg's parody video on that page is great fun, although some might be offended by the language (which is kinda the point).  Millennials mocking their own ;)

This could be our opportunity to break new ground in the folk tradition.  In Scarlet Town where I was born (wah-oh wah-oh) there was a fair maid dwellin' (wah-oh wah-oh wah-oh)...

Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
last year
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Well I don't find the repetitive whoop as annoying as the synthesized vocals.  There's no good reason to put a voice through a synthesizer unless a) you want to sound like a robot, or b) you are tying to hide the faults in the voice.

And we shouldn't pretend that the music we love is less repetitive than today's commercial pop. Every song in the 50s had that same I - vi - IV - V chord progression (Earth Angel, Blue Moon, Goodnight Sweetheart, Heart and Soul, Put Your Head on My Shoulder, etc.).

And 90 percent of the folk tunes that we love are so repetitive that Butch Ross teaches a workshop entitled "If You Like One Folk Song You'll Like the Other One" in which he teaches the patterns in music that appear in nearly every tune.

But none of that refutes the fact that the whoop is pretty darn annoying.

I have an 11-year-old.  When we drive in the car, the music we listen to follows this pattern:  

1) millenial whoop song

2) old cajun fiddle tune

3) millenial whoop song

4) clawhammer banjo tune

5) millenial whoop song

6) acoustic blues tune

7) millenial whoop song

8) appalachian fiddle tune

The upside? Maybe she'll remember the Balfa Brothers or Son House or Jean Ritchie.  The downside? I can (sometimes) recognize the differences between Ariana Grande, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift.




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updated by @dusty-turtle: 09/16/16 03:41:28PM
Strumelia
@strumelia
last year
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Well pretty much the only time I actually hear current 'pop' music is when it's inflicted on me against my will-  while pumping gas, in an airport, waiting at the car dealership or doctor's office, in a restaurant.  So most of the time I don't have to hear any 'whoops'.  bigsmile




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Robin Thompson
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You've got me afraid to watch, Strumelia!  Haha!  




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Strumelia
@strumelia
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This is so weird- YES I hear it everywhere now!  Should never have watched this video...now it'll bug me to no end...lol

http://qz.com/767812/millennial-whoop/




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