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Michael:M

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Appealing to the collective musical knowledge of HTF. I'm looking for a song - not an album, not a set of CDs, just one song - that meets the following specs:
  • Female vocalist
  • Synth or piano based (more accurately, not mainly acoustic guitar)
  • Song topic is not romance/relationships
  • Not overly long (nothing over 6 minutes)

Sarah McClachlan, October Project, Nina Gordon, Enya are along the lines of what I'm looking for. Sarah is excluded, since I've already targeted a song of hers for this (mixed music collection for a friend).

What do you recommend?
 

Michael:M

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Hmm. Not a bad tune. Looking for something a bit more ethereal or mellower, though.

It's my first time hearing Nyro. Like her voice quite a bit.
 

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Sounds like your looking for Tori Amos.

Try anything off of her first album "Little Earthquakes". It's almost entirely piano and I can't think of anything romantic on it. Her lyrics run the gamut from innocent to dark. Piano has always been the center point of her music, but over the years, she has integrated more and more percussion, bass, guitar, etc...
 

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Michael,

I own everything by McClachlan, Nina Gordon (only post Veruca Salt), and Enya (as well as Clannad). I also own Songs by Tori Amos. Is there any way you can furnish some specifics regarding the actual music? In other words, the key the song is in, the meter, the rhythmic aspects, and/or the instrumentation (beyond what you've already written)? Thanks.
 

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Unfortunately, my knowledge of music is far exceeded by yours. I can't name those things, but I can name some songs that are near or just about exactly what I'm looking for:
  • Tonight and the Rest of My Life by Nina Gordon
  • Only Time by Enya
  • Building a Mystery by Sarah McClachlan
  • Bury My Lovely by October Project

Dunno if that helps. I'm using Amazon and some other sources to explore Tori's oeuvre, but haven't found THE song yet.
 

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A Fine Frenzy is getting increasing amount of play. Her song content tends to be about nature and bucolic sorts of things. Makes me think of Maxfield Parrish paintings.

You might check out "Come On, Come Out", "The Minnow and the Trout" or "Rangers"
 

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How about Sinead O'Connors "Hold Back The Night" or "Scorn not his simplicity"?
 

Michael:M

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Until reading the last few entries, I had narrowed it down to these songs:
  • To the Water by Maire Brennan (Enya's sister)
  • Bury My Lovely by October Project
  • Tears in Your Hand by Tori Amos
  • Only Time by Enya

I really like the Tori Amos song, but it violates the "no relationship" guideline I set for myself.

Off to investigate the Heather Small, AFF, and Sinead songs.
 

Michael:M

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A Fine Frenzy's "Come On, Come Out" is the track. Thanks to all for the recommendations - I found a good deal of solid, great music as I listened and considered. I'll be checking out more Tori Amos and Laura Nyro as a result, as well as AFF.
 

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Michael,

No problem. Maybe some of the others are on the right track in helping you locate your song. BTW, just an aside--I love Tonight and the Rest of My Life for many musical reasons. I first heard the tune years ago on an episode of Charmed and instantly fell in love with the harmonic progression and the vocals. :emoji_thumbsup:
 

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Yay! Based on what you described I had a feeling it would fit the bill. The big question now is - Do I get a prize?
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Michael:M

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Well, the most appropriate prize would be a copy of the CD. Hee. You let me know if you're interested.
 

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I might actually have the same music as you. I'd be curious to see the final song list.
 

Michael:M

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Since this was a group effort, glad to share.
  1. Gaudete, Gaudete - The Boston Camerata
  2. The Little Things - Danny Elfman (Wanted soundtrack)
  3. Into a Swan - Siouxsie
  4. How Far We've Come - Matchbox Twenty
  5. Bury My Lovely - October Project
  6. Born - Over the Rhine
  7. Chasing Cars - Snow Patrol
  8. Field of Your Soul - Greg & Rebecca Sparks
  9. The Return of Pan - The Waterboys
  10. Supermassive Black Hole - Muse
  11. Late Great Planet Earth - Plumb
  12. Just Like You Imagined - Nine Inch Nails
  13. Face to Face - Siouxsie and the Banshees
  14. Building a Mystery - Sarah McClachlan
  15. Falling Slowly - Glenn Hansard & Marketa Irglova
  16. Come On, Come Out - A Fine Frenzy
  17. Let My Love Open the Door - Sondre Lerche
  18. Starlight - Muse
  19. Bring on the Wonder - Susan Enan

Here's the cover I made for the CD. Fairly simply, but I did some strategic changes with Photoshop to the original image.

 

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