Wow! The submissions keep coming in, and they're AWESOME! Scroll to the bottom of this story to listen to the epic covers of Taylor's terrible, terrible love song.
If you'd like to submit your own version of our love song, upload it to SoundCloud or YouTube and share it with us on our Facebook page! Or, you can email an MP3 to email@example.com, and we'll make sure to include it in our post.
Love songs, which by their very nature tend towards the melodramatic and saccharine, are ripe for parody. We at Word of Mouth thought it would be fun to compose a love song using only chart-topping lyrical clichés – so we asked for your suggestions, and then set to work.
It turned out to be a humbling experience. Love songs, which may sound to the layman as though they consist entirely of extra-long notes, flamboyant R&B runs, and an excessive use of the word ‘forever’, are MUCH harder to make than one might think.
As editor of The New York Time’s “Modern Love” column since 2004,our guestDaniel Jones has read over 50,000 love letters. Well, not love letters exactly, but letters about love. Okay, and most of them aren’t actual physical letters, but emails. Which says a lot about the state of romance in 2014, given how much of it sparks, burns, and is often extinguished from behind a computer screen. Technology’s impact on modern love features heavily in Jones’ new book “Love Illuminated: Exploring Life’s Most Mystifying Subject with the Help of 50,000 Strangers”.
Results for round 2 are in, and oh how the mighty have fallen! In the love category: Etta James narrowly beat out The Righteous Brothers and Paul McCartney handily vanquished Billy Joel. In heartbreak battles, Bonnie won out over Smokey and Adele, poor sweet Adele, was positively trounced by none other than Bill Withers. Something tells us she would probably understand. Shocked by the results? Let us know on our Facebook page, so we can all commiserate together.
Results for round 1 are in, and the competition is heating up! Tempers of love are flaring in the Word of Mouth cube. Senior producer Maureen McMurray was none too happy to hear Etta James' At Last is moving on to Round 2 over The Beach Boys' God Only Knows. Producer Taylor Quimby was concerned about the fate of Van Morrison's Sweet Thing. And it turns out that nothing compares to Someone Like You; Adele managed a slim victory of Sinead O'Connor. What songs are you sad to see left behind? Comment on our Facebook page, then vote for the remaining contenders.
Listen to the list of songs below, and then vote right here! Round Two begins NOW!
Here it is, you lovebirds, you. The Word of Mouth sappy song bracket. Pat Benetar had it right. Love is a battlefield, and we've laid it out for you to see. At least, the songs. On one side, the songs of love. Ballads of the heart. Musings of adoration. Ruminations of... OK you get the idea. On the other side, songs of heartbreak. Those tear-inducing slow jams no one can resist.
The Winter Olympics are in full swing, and among those going for gold at Sochi are eight New Hampshire residents. Today on Word of Mouth, we’ll go back to the days before lifts and lodges to find out why a tiny state with icy mountains has produced so many champs. Also, last night marked the 50th Anniversary of The Beatles’ first performance on the Ed Sullivan Show, an event that drew the largest audience for any program in the history of television up to that time, and has remained burned into America’s collective memory. We’ll take a deeper look into the start of Beatle-mania.
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Dim the lights, pour a glass, and press play; Word of Mouth is about to woo you. We reached out for the sappiest songs on Facebook and Twitter and compiled the best of the best. Naturally, the next step is to make love a competition, right? Get ready, because your submissions are going head-to-head in our super sappy bracket. Who will come out on top? Love or Heartbreak? Bill Withers or Bill Withers? Before voting begins, take some time to get to know each song. Check out the contenders, and prepare to fall in love.
... and long walks on the beach. Really, though. We need your help to find the most overused and overcheesed love song clichés to create one majorly sappy song. Do you have that lovin' feeling? Then leave some love on our Facebook page. Just as Michael Bolton couldn't live without his love, Word of Mouth can't live with you. *Sob*.
Happy February! This Word of Mouth Saturday show has all you need to satisfy your midwinter radio cravings with new ideas about audio, the wacky world of internet horror lore, and more. Enjoy! And beware.
More than a musician, folk legend Pete Seeger influenced generations of Americans through both song and activism, often using one to fuel the message of the other. The power he invested in music helped promote his peaceful messages. Recently, producer Zach Nugent spoke to Nick Panken of the band Spirit Family Reunion. Nick had some timely praise for the folk singer who recently died:
Audio: it can be both poetic and powerful. Its influence is undeniable, but what happens when we need to be concerned with limiting its intake while simultaneously expanding our auditory horizons? Today on Word of Mouth: the ear-plug debate, High Intensity Focused Ultrasound, the band Spirit Family Reunion, and continuing the Rethink 2014 series with a conversation about, you guessed it, radio. Listen to the whole show below or keep scrolling to listen to individual segments.
Can't help singing along to your favorite sad songs in the shower, the car, or from the middle of a crowded street? Looking for something to help you dwell on your latest breakup, or summon your personal demons? Want to put something on the stereo that will dull your roomate's perversely happy attitude? Word of Mouth has the playlist for you.
Wherever you live, whatever you’re into, human beings respond to music. Brain researchers have found that listening to music not only makes you feel good – it alters your brain physiologically. To find out more we, talked to Dr. Robert Zatorre, Neuroscientist at the Montreal Neurological Institute at McGill University.