schenker28 (schenker28) wrote,
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I love the kind of data I get to use in some of my work. I'm writing a python script to parse this kind of stuff:


60    0    1    The
61    0    1    taste
62    0    1    of
63    0    1    her
64    0    1    cherry
65    0    1    chap
66    0    1    stick
67    0    1    I
68    0    1    kissed
69    0    1    a
70    0    1    girl
71    0    1    And
72    1    1    li
73    2    1    ked
74    0    1    it
...


#    Title    I Kissed a Girl
#    Source Filename    Katy Perry - I Kissed a Girl.xml
1    2    4    4
2    3    4    4
3    4    4    4
4    5    4    4
5    5.5    2    4
5.5    6.5    0    4
6.5    8    7    4
8    9    5    4
10    11    5    4
12    13    5    4
13    13.5    5    4
13.5    14.5    5    4
14.5    16    4    4
17    18    4    4
18    19    4    4
...

#    Title    I Kissed a Girl
#    Source Filename    Katy Perry - I Kissed a Girl.xml
0    4    9    3    0    major
4    8    7    3    0    dominant
8    12    2    3    1    minor
12    14.5    5    3    0    major
14.5    16    4    3    0    major
16    20    9    3    0    major
20    24    7    3    0    dominant
24    28    2    3    1    minor
28    30.5    5    3    0    major
...
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Ugh! That song...I hate that song...I'm so sorry. Do you have to listen to it, like, over and over again?
I actually like the song. I know that's sort of weird coming from me, but there are several little personal factors that make me like it, as embarrassing as it is to admit!

I was in a step aerobics class the first time I heard this song. Usually the workout prevents me from really noticing the music much, but this song -- especially the somewhat shocking nature of the lyrics, made me notice. Also, this hot girl I was friends with was also there, doing the step routine, and as I listened to the music and watched her sweating and doing our aerobics routine in time to the music I couldn't help but visualize her kissing some cherry-chapstick girl.

Still, that experience was a bit fleeting, because mostly I still was concentrating on this hard workout. After the workout ended I mentioned something the hot girl about that sort of crazy song we had just heard, and then we forgot about it.

However, a week or so later, I was in Helsinki for a conference, and noticed a song in my head. It took a while for me to figure out what this bouncy little tune was, but eventually I realized it was I Kissed A Girl -- stuck in my head, surprisingly faithfully, after at least a week. That melody was super-catchy for some reason. It fascinated me that it stuck in my head so well, although perhaps much of it was due to the aerobics-class context in which I first heard it.

That said, there are plenty of silly things and reasons to be annoyed about the msuic, so I totally understand. The lyric "I'm curi.....ous for you" is particularly bad. The poor word "curious" has been guilliotined and split across two separate musical segments -- it's awful lyric writing, unless that was intentionally bizarre for some reason.

But to answer your quesiton, no I don't need to listen to it -- I'm just writing code to parse lots of symbolic musical information and computing some statistics...