Wouldn't It be Good

@joshua_w (501)
Malaysia
October 12, 2007 3:09am CST
Even though i liked many types of music, 80's music, namely 'new wave' and chinese cantpop still has a . It's because i grew up in that period and it shapes most of my outlook in life. This was one of those unforgettable song i really liked. Could put this on repeat without getting bored. Nik Kershaw was (and still is) a very good songwriter and guitarist. I tend to put songs in either a 'feeling' mood or place a nostalgic value when writing about them. Many people who listened to music do, i think. It's what music appreciation is about. While this piece also make me recall a more carefree and innocent time, the technical side of the recording is what i want to touch on. Recordings in the 80's tend to place an emphasis on the use of effects and synthesizers. Studio effects like reverb was widely used to enhance a vocal and 'fatten' the overall sound of instruments like drums in particular. Nik was a guitarist but the synth featured prominently in this song. The melody is the glue that made it stuck in the head. All in, a very well-written song. More than twenty years after its released, it still get played on my local station. Hope it still do 20 years from now. Video link: http://www1.freewebs.com/joshua-w/music.htm
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@mimpi1911 (25479)
• India
12 Oct 07
Hi Joshua, I findthat you are quite a connoisseur in music, I really appreciate. Most of your discussions bring back the good old memories and I cannot but wonder at your sense and expertise at different genres of music. Obviously, you eat, drink, live and sleep music. I grew up listening to country songs, blues and pops of the 80s and 90s. I am a die hard fan of Carpenters, Eric clapton, Bruce springsteen, Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, Bete Midler...and so many of them!! Your information about the recording bit was awesome, I hadn't had any idea at all. That makes me wonder, do you play any intrument or a singer yourself? The link is amazing and the collection is pretty much my favourite as well! Thanks for sharing, as always.
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@joshua_w (501)
• Malaysia
12 Oct 07
Hi Mimpi, actually i'm no music connoisseur. I'm just a regular guy who loved music, that's all. As for the artists you mentioned, i liked the music of Carpenters, Eric Clapton, Bette Midler, not so much Billy Joel and Bruce Springsteen (although i liked his 'Dancing In The Dark' and 'Streets Of Philadelphia'). Never listened to any of Bob Dylan's although his music is important in western pop music. Would like to add really liked Karen Carpenter's voice as i think her voice has sad quality to it that is so captivating. My musical preference is mainly 80's european or british artists like a-ha, Duran Duran, Nik Kershaw, Howard Jones, Stone Roses, Thompson Twins, Tears For Fears, The Police, u2...Other artists from another period are Beatles, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin. American artists which i liked: REM, Nirvana, early Pearl Jam, early Mariah Carey, early Whitney Houston, Sarah McLachlan, Shawn Colvin, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday... And there's a whole load of chinese musicians which you probably never heard of, haha. Thanks for sharing too, as always:)
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@mimpi1911 (25479)
• India
12 Oct 07
Wow, what a range of musicians - I really appreciate. I like Duran Duran, ABBA, Ronan keating, Whitney Houston, Robie Williams, Beatles, Pink Floyd, some of Phil collins... and so many other Indian vocalists, which you haven't heard of ever. You didn't respond to my query as to you sing or not. I am sure you do. And I appreciate your humility but you are a connoisseur, no issues. smiles...
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@joshua_w (501)
• Malaysia
16 Oct 07
Hi again. Could i sing? Well, not profesionally of course (haha) but my friends said i sing very well. But that's just their opinion. Mostly i sing in the shower because it relieve stress after work. Let's just say i prefer listening to other people sing than doing it myself. But enough of me already, haha. Hey, i liked the music of ABBA very much too. In fact, the first album (it was in cassette format, too poor to buy vinyl then) i bought was their compilation. And could tell the name of most of their songs even now. Favourites? Hmm, has to be 'Dancing Queen' and 'Waterloo'.
@alamode (3073)
• United States
12 Oct 07
WOW! that youtube page had a lot of good stuff! You're right... there is nothing dated about that song, except the clothes in the video!LOL! This is really my kind of music... I saved this song to my favorites... glad for people like you who do all the hard work for me! Thanks!
@alamode (3073)
• United States
12 Oct 07
P.S. Did you forget Depeche Mode???
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@maximax8 (29148)
• United Kingdom
12 Oct 07
When I was a teenager Wouldn't it be good was one of my favorite tracks to listen to. I had a Nik Kershaw album and it had some very good music on it. It is a shame that I threw out my record collection years ago. I like a lot of eighties music. Michael Jackson's Thriller is another one of my favorites. One of my friends tried to get my taste in music updated when we were in the music shop. I ended up buying three albums on disk from the eighties. When I was under 25 I jept up to date on what was number one. These days I have no idea. I just listen to music that I like. Certain tracks can remind me of a time like when I visited a particlar country. Yes, music can be quiet mood or wanting to dance or moree active mood.
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@joshua_w (501)
• Malaysia
16 Oct 07
Hey, i liked MJ's 'Thriller' album too. It has some of my favourite song of his in 'Billie Jean' and 'Human Nature'. As for today's music, well, just have to say it does not appeal to me anymore not only in terms of emotion but musical value. Just visit the link above when you're free as i'll be updating it when free too. I will put more song links of Nik including some of his newer materials.
@goodsign (2287)
• Malaysia
12 Oct 07
oh...mine stained by two songs. Deep Purple for 'Soldier of Fortune' and Youth Club for 'Forever Young'. The link already at you tube; VGHbzP96WWA and FPqLFj8Guyc, respectively. A combination of 80's and 90's. And the lyrics links; http://www.lyricsfreak.com/d/deep+purple/soldier+of+fortune_20038828 http://www.lyricstop.com/f/foreveryoung-youthgroup.html Thanks.
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