Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Readers recommend: songs about repetition

This week's topic is all about little bits of history repeating

Another week, another Readers Recommend. Yet stalwart RR nominators don't have much truck with repetition. I was hauled over the coals a couple of weeks ago for including songs on the playlist that had previously been A-listed.

This week I'm not after songs that feature repetition ? there are simply too many of them. Because repetition is a crucial part of music. Remember the 1994 Criminal Justice Bill, which tried to outlaw raves featuring music "wholly or predominantly characterised by the emission of a succession of repetitive beats"?

But repetition is very much on musicians' minds. In making music, they recognise the pleasures of repetition. We can lose ourselves in it. And there is satisfaction in identifying a pattern.

And there are also songs that wearily recognise history repeating itself, placing a foot once again on life's treadmill.

Footnote: Bizarrely, RR regular Lambretinha suggested this topic mere moments after I'd finished writing a draft of this blurb.

The toolbox:

* This week's collaborative Spotify playlist

* The RR archive

* The Marconium (blog containing a wealth of data on RR)

* The 'Spill (blog for the RR community)

Please do:

* Post your nominations before midday on Tuesday if you wish them to be considered.

* Write a few lines advocating the merits of your choices.

But please don't:

* Post more than one third of the lyrics of any song.

* Dump lists of nominations. If you must post more than two or three at once, please attempt to justify your choices.

Newcomers to the blog may be puzzled at some of the words used by regular posters. Here's a guide to the RR lexicography:

* Dond: To second another reader's nomination. Here's how the word was coined.

* Zedded: The song has already been included in an A-list (and so convention dictates it cannot be included in another one)

Here are the results of last week's Readers recommend: foreign-language versions.

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