Monday, 30 April 2012

Katy Perry’s Musical Influences

 Katy Perry Musical Influences!
Katy Perry







Interviewer’s Question:  I’m sure people ask you all the time if you were influenced by Madonna, but what kind of music did you listen to when you were younger?

Katy Perry”s Answer:  My mom would let me listen to, like, Billie Holiday and Etta James and really classic stuff like that. My mom speaks fluent French, so she was also really into Édith Piaf, which she turned me on to—although, I guess she didn’t really look into the lyrics. [laughs].  But as I started to hear different kinds of music, my world got bigger. I got a record by Queen, which was so influential for me. I got all the Beatles’ records, like the “white” album [1968], which was really important to me along with Pet Sounds [1966] by the Beach Boys. Those two records were the only things I listened to for probably two years straight. Then I discovered Patty Griffin, Joni Mitchell, Carole King, Jonatha Brooke—a little bit of the Lilith Fair–esque stuff. And then I got into more electronic music. But I’m just open to everything these days.


Katy Perry’s Speaking Style
As you can see from above, like many of the celebrity interviews, Katy uses casual, natural English to connect with the Listener.  Katy gives the listener a glimpse from her early years to present day.  Her speaking style is ‘rich’ with examples and very clear.  There are examples of musicians, albums, and styles throughout her answer.  Moreover, at first, she describes her mother’s influence on her music ‘tastes’.  Next as the young woman named Katy Perry develops into young adulthood, her musical world expands. 
And like the musical juggernaut she is, her musical influences expanded exponentially.  
Present day, we see a professional woman of music that is well versed in various musical styles and genres. 


Key Phrases for Talking about Music
  • My mom would let me listen to, like (like = for example), Billie Holiday and Etta James and really classic stuff like that.  I started to hear different kinds of music, my world got bigger.
  • I got a record by Queen, which was so influential for me. I got all the Beatles’ records, like the “white” album [1968], which was really important to me along with Pet Sounds [1966] by the Beach Boys.
  • Then I discovered Patty Griffin, Joni Mitchell, Carole King, Jonatha Brooke—a little bit of the Lilith Fair–'esque' stuff. And then I got into more electronic music. But I’m just open to everything these days.

Vocabulary note 
'esque' =
suffix forming adjectives, meaning: indicating a specified character, manner, style, or resemblance, like, similar to.

Example Style 1
My dad would let me listen to, like (like = for example), Al Jolson and Perry Como and really classic stuff like that.  I started to hear different kinds of music, my world got bigger.
I got a record by Aerosmith, which was so influential for me. I got all the Supertramp  records, like the “Breakfast in America” album [1979], which was really important to me along with Close to You [1970] by the Carpenters.
Then I discovered Nora Jones, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Lionel Richie—a little bit of the Latin–esque stuff. And then I got into more electronic music. But I’m just open to everything these days.



Next Week! Natural and Popular English Expressions from Katy Perry’s Musical Hit “ The One That Got Away!”

Until then, Check out the video "The One That Got Away" and try to answer the following question:

Why did the guy get away?


BONUS!  CHECK OUT some of Katy Perry’s early musical influences.  This LADY knows her MUSIC!




Celebrity Language and Culture!


ALEX

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Celebrity Easter Part 2

President Obama and the Easter Bunny!
President Obama and the Easter Bunny!

                                        

This week’s conversational style is the follow up from last week’s 'Celebrity Easter' blog post.  Everyone is now talking about Easter again.  However, we are now talking about what we 'did' during Easter Weekend:

‘What did you do for Easter?’ or ‘What were doing over Easter weekend?’  (over=during) or ‘What were you up to on Easter?’ (up to = doing)

For language learners, try out these conversational topics with your friends!

Example Speaking Styles
Question 1:  What did you do for Easter?? 
Answer 1: We painted Easter Eggs with the kids and then went to  a big Easter Egg hunt at our local church.. Oh and of course, we went to Easter Mass. 

Question 2: What were doing over Easter last weekend?
Answer 2:  I went to a nightclub on Friday and then had Easter dinner with my parents on Sunday.

Question 3: What were you up to on Easter? 
Answer 3:  I ‘hit the slopes’.  The sun was shining and the snow was great! (to hit the slopes = go skiing).


Now let’s see how the celebrities enjoyed Easter this year.  What were they up to  for Easter?
On Monday April 9, 2012, the First Family (American President Obama and family) hosted the 134th annual White House Easter Egg Roll. 
Celebrity Easter  with President Obama!

Queen Elizabeth and her husband, Prince Phillip, attended Easter mass at St. George's Chapel in Windsor, England.
Celebrity Easter  with Queen Elizbeth & Prince Phillip

Katy Perry celebrated Easter with Russell Brand at a party.
Celebrity Easter with Katy Perry!

Robert Pattinson is rumored to have planned a romantic Easter surprise for Kristen Stewart.
Celebrity Easter  with Robert Pattinson & Kristen Stewart!
 

Hope you had a great Easter weekend!
Celebrity Language and Culture!
 Alex
Celebrity English

Thursday, 5 April 2012

Celebrity Easter

Celebrity Easter with Robert Pattinson!
Robert Pattinson Easter Card



Easter Time!
This week’s conversational style is quite easy.  Everyone is talking about Easter.  ‘What are you doing for Easter?’ Or ‘What are you going to do for Easter this weekend?’ or ‘What are you up to on Easter?’ (up to = doing)

Now there are many traditional ways to enjoy Easter such as:

…paint Easter Eggs.

…give Easter Cards/chocolates/plants.

…bring Easter Cards/chocolates/plants to loved ones.

…go on or have an Easter Egg hunt

…have Easter dinner with family and/or friends.

….go to Church.

…bring your children to Church.

…go out for dinner/lunch/brunch.

…go on a picnic.

…go to a party or nightclub.

…go to an Easter event.

…take a short vacation.


For language learners, try out these conversational topics with your friends!  I have selected some of the most common ways to enjoy Easter and some of the most common verbs used for this time of year. 
[Cultural Note: in North America a lot of people will have a 'long weekend' (a long weekend =3 days off in a row including Saturday and Sunday)]

Example Speaking Style
Question 1:  What are you doing this Easter? 
Answer 1: I am going to paint Easter Eggs and have an Easter Egg hunt

Question 2: What are you going to do for Easter this weekend?
Answer 2:  I am going to go to a nightclub on Friday and then have Easter dinner with my parents on Sunday.
 
Question 3: What are you up to on Easter? 
Answer 3:  I am going to ‘hit the slopes’.  There is still lots of snow on the mountains (to hit the slopes = go skiing).

Since most people have an extra day off from work this weekend, most people will be talking about their plans for the weekend.  People will have been talking about their plans all week unless they have to work. 

Now let’s see how the celebrities are enjoying Easter this year.  What are they going to do for Easter?

David Arquette and Courteney Cox are going to stop by a friend's house in LA with an Easter basket.
Celebrity Easter with David Arquette & Courtney Cox

Reese Witherspoon and Jim Toth are going to bring Ava and Deacon to church in LA.
Celebrity Easter with Reese Witherspoon and Jim Toth!

Jaden Smith and Will Smith are going to the White House to give an Easter Egg Hunt concert.
 Celebrity Easter with Will Smith and Jaden Smith at the White House!


Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale are going to bring Zuma and Kingston to her parents' Southern California home.
 Celebrity Easter with Gwen Stefani!


Well, that is all for now. I will be doing the past tense next week regarding Easter:  “What did you do on Easter?”
See you then and have a great Easter Holiday!
Alex
Celebrity English
Celebrity Language and Culture!