Music Spelling (Musician Images)
I had ideas about using 26 x 26 melodies (676 melodies) as part of a memory system. Each melody would represent a pair of letters from AA to AZ.
It was intended to be a way to represent three letters of the alphabet by there being a person (who represents the third letter) performing the melody.
This evolved into a way to visualise a 4 letter word prompt by having 26 x 26 popular songs and people to sing them in a variety of accents.
For a 4 letter word prompt, the first two letters are the song choice; the 3rd letter is represented by a person; and the 4th letter is decided by the accent which the person sings the song in.
|Scouse or other Northern England accent||0|
|Indian or Welsh||1|
|American Southern state||2|
|Posh English of London||5|
|Cockney or Aussie||7|
The digit suggested by the accent relates to the following table:
|No#||Person 1||Person 2||Person 3||Mexican or Irish accent for Q|
There are letters in each row of that table; the person you choose from the next table will decide not only the 3rd letter of the 4 letter word but also the 4th letter:
|Letter||Person 1||Person 2||Person 3|
|A||Abba||1950s compilation||60s compilation|
|B||Beach Boys||Beatles, John Lennon||More Beatles|
|C||Chicago||Cole Porter, Ella Fitzgerald||Commodores, Lionel Richie|
|D||David Bowie||Deep Purple||Dire Straits|
|E||Elton John||Elvis Presley||Eurythmics|
|F||Fleetwood Mac||Bee Gees||Billy Idol|
|G||Genesis, Phil Collins, P Gabriel||George Harrison, Ringo Starr||Grease soundtrack|
|H||The Hollies (Buddy Holly)||The Dubliners||Duran Duran|
|I||Blondie, Ramones||Eric Clapton, Cream||Bruce Springstein|
|J||Jimi Hendrix||Billy Joel||Bon Jovi|
|K||KC and the Sunshine Band, funk||Kinks||Kenny Rogers|
|L||Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday||Leo Sayer||Lou Reed|
|M||Madness||Madonna||Manic Street Preachers|
|N||Neil Young||Stone Roses, Happy Mondays||Supremes, Three Degrees, Diana Ross|
|O||Oasis||Oliver Soundtrack||Musicals compilation|
|Q||Queen||Marvin Gaye||Michael Jackson|
|R||R. E. M.||Rolling Stones||More Rolling Stones|
|S||Simon and Garfunkel||Simply Red||Stock Aitken and Waterman (Rick Astley, Kylie Minogue)|
|T||Take That, Robbie Williams||Talking Heads|
|U||U2||Red Hot Chilli Peppers||Terence Trent Darby|
|V||The Who||The Proclaimers||The Temptations|
|X||Xmas play list||Robbie Robertson, The Band||Rod Stewart|
|Y||Yes, John Anderson||More Kinks||Tom Petty|
|Z||Led Zeppelin||Tina Turner||Tom Jones|
|spare||Blur||Bob Dillon||Bob Marley|
|Bond songs||Chicago||Cole Porter, Ella Fitzgerald|
|Commodores, Lionel Richie||70s compilation||80s compilation|
|90s compilation||2000s compilation||2010s compilation|
For example, CRYP needs the CR song (and you will need a list of 676 songs for that); and
the Y is a person from the Y row, above: Yes, John Anderson ; More Kinks; Tom Petty.
I need to imagine a standard person per band or artist. So I can imagine john Anderson if Yes is the choice; I can imagine Dave Davies of The Kinks if 'More kinks' is the choice; I can imagine Tom Petty if Tom Petty is the choice.
Why are there three choices per letter? Because letter 4 of the 4 letter word needs to know which letter from the accent list tablew to apply.
Because CRYP has P as the 4th letter, I want digit 5 (W, N, P) of the accent table and I want the third choice (the P); so I need the corresponding third choice person from the Y row: Tom Petty.
So, if I imagine Tom Petty singing song CR in accent number 5 (posh English London accent) then that is CRYP visualised.
Since there are only 3 x 26 people, I would use this system sparingly to lower the risk of samey-ness between different memorised items. I would not have it as my first choice way of prompting words: I already have other ways of prompting words which have far more visual variety.
I chose the artists and bands, above, because I have heard many of their songs before and could pick 60 bands/artists and take 10 songs from their discography; and I could take about 15 other bands/artists and take 5 songs from their discography; and build up the 676 songs of an AA-ZZ song system.
Another purpose for the songs is to replace the lyrics with revision notes.
Here are some nursery rhymes, etc. which can be used for memorising revision notes; I like the idea that the tunes are simple:
|1||Alphabet Song||Charles Bradlee|
|2||Alice the Camel||Dem Bones|
|4||Animal Fair||Hickory Dickory Dock|
|5||The Ants Go Marching||The Animals Came in Two by Two|
|6||A-tisket-a-tasket||a pocket full of posies|
|7||Baa Baa Black Sheep|
|8||Bear in Tennis Shoes||You are my sunshine|
|9||The Bear Went Over the Mountain||For he's a jolly good fellow|
|10||Be Kind to your Web-Footed Friends||Here we go / fair music about fun|
|11||Bicycle Built For Two (Daisy)|
|12||Big Rock Candy Mountain|
|14||Blow the Man Down|
|16||Buffalo Gals Won't you COme out Tonight|
|18||Do Your Ears Hang Low?|
|19||The Farmer in the Dell||A Hunting We Will Go|
|21||Frog Went a Courtin|
|22||He's Got the Whole World in his Hands|
|23||If You're Happy and You Know it Clap Your Hands|
|24||Head Shoulder Knees and Toes|
|25||Here we go Round the Mulberry Bush|
|26||Hush Little Baby Don't You Cry|
|27||I Love You You Love Me||This Old Man|
|28||I'm a Little Teapot|
|29||Itsy Bitsy Spider|
|30||I've Been Working on the Railroad|
|32||Mary had a Little Lamb|
|34||The More We Get Together|
|36||Oh Where oh Where has my Little Dog Gone|
|37||Old MacDonald had a Farm|
|38||On Top of Old Smokey|
|39||Polly Put the Kettle On|
|40||Polly Wolly Doodle|
|41||Pop Goes the Weasel|
|42||Ring Around the Rosies|
|44||Row Row Row Your Boat|
|45||Shell be Coming Round the Mountain|
|47||Sing a Rainbow|
|48||Sing a Song of Sixpence|
|49||Skip to my Lou|
|50||Take me out to the Ballgame|
The 26 x 26 AA-ZZ songs could be used for a further purpose. In the '31 Lists of 12' article, I wrote about using an image to represent a chemical substance; and the images were images of characters from the animal set. If I decide that one such image means the chemical 'Ethanol' then I can use the prefix ET.. of ethanol and find its matching ET song. I can imagine the character singing that song; and that reinforces the idea that the character represents 'ethanol'.
In the Medicine article, I mention that the cartoon people from the 1000s systems can be used to represent particular medical jargon; again, imagining the person singing a song can help to cement a memory of what jargon the person actually represents.