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Girl Talk - Out of the Blue

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Girl Talk - Out of the Blue English, baby! Video Lesson
突如其来

Date: Apr 11 2011

Themes: Music

Grammar: Past Perfect Progressive

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After working on the new Girl Talk album for two years, late one night Gregg Gillis posted it on the Internet and went to bed. When he woke up, his website was broken because too many people wanted to download the album.

His music had become very popular for the unique way it mixes together hundreds of songs. But it was more popular than Gregg realized. It’s amazing it was so popular so quickly because he didn’t even tell anyone the album was coming out. It came out of the blue. When something comes out of the blue, it means you don’t expect it.

We met up with Gregg before a recent Girl Talk concert to talk about how he released his latest album, All Day.

在新专辑上投入了两年时间后的一个深夜,格雷格·吉利斯将其作品发布到网上,便上床睡觉了。当他醒来时,发现他的网站崩溃了,因为希望下载这个专辑的人太多了。
他以独特的方式将数百首歌曲混合在一起制作自己的音乐,之前已经大受乐迷的追捧。但是,格雷格还是没有想到自己竟有如此受欢迎。他甚至没告诉过任何人专辑已经制作完成,结果却能够如此迅速流行,很是令人称奇。可真称得上是突如其来。当某种东西突如其来时,意思是它完全出乎你的意料。
在最近一场 Girl Talk 音乐会前我们见到了格雷格,询问他如何发行最新专辑《All Day》

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Gregg

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Jason

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Jason:  Alright, welcome to English, baby! I am Jason here with Gregg Gillis, better known as Girl Talk. How are you today?

Gregg:  Good. How are you?

Jason:  I’m good. Your newest album, All Day, kind of came out of the blue. Can you tell us about how you released that album?

Gregg:  Yeah, it was the sort of thing where I had been working on it for two years, but I wanted it to be a surprise to the fans, so I didn’t tell anyone about the release date and I pretty much just waited until I was done and feeling comfortable with the album, and then I just put it out there. We just uploaded it to the Internet without really telling anybody.

Jason:  So you wanted it to be a surprise?

Gregg:  Yeah, I didn’t really tell anyone, and I thought that would generate excitement. No lead-in, no advertising, no pushing it upon anybody. It would just exist, and I thought the fans would be excited by that.

Jason:  That’s pretty much the definition of “out of the blue,” like no warning. Where do you think that phrase comes from?

Gregg:  Does it come from…I don’t know, maybe “out of the blue” could reference the weather or something, like that rain came out of the blue.

Jason:  Yeah, yeah.

Gregg:  I wasn’t expecting it to rain today.

Jason:  Gotcha. When you’re creating your music, the ways that the songs are going to fit together, does that just come to you out of the blue, or is that something that’s like a problem that you think through?

Gregg:  I would say that it’s the opposite of “out of the blue.” Because I would say, for a lot of musicians, I think “out of the blue” would be it being intuitive, something that just comes to you, just an idea that just pops in your head. Whereas, I think when I’m making music, it’s more of a process, more of a scientific sort of thing, something that’s meticulous, and worked over, and all the details are laid out. It doesn’t pop in my head. It slowly is worked up over time.

Jason:  Sweet, man, can I get you to high five and say, “English, baby!”?

Gregg:  English, baby!

Jason:  Sweet!

 

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Gregg says he wanted his new album to be a surprise. He wanted it to come out of the blue, so he didn’t tell anyone that he planned to release it.

Imagine the sky is clear and blue and then suddenly, it starts raining. That’s what it’s like when something comes out of the blue. You don’t see it coming at all.

For some people, music comes out of the blue. They will be playing an instrument and then suddenly have an idea for a song. They didn’t think about it. It just happened. Gregg is the opposite. When he is making music, he thinks about it carefully and plans every detail. For him, inspiration does not come out of the blue.

Do you like surprises?

See part two of this interview: Sample. Listen to Jason and Ella talk about Girl Talk on our blog. Download Girl Talk’s latest album for free here.

 

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jhon22

Pakistan

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12:16 AM Dec 23 2015 |

shararsh

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

we have some expression eith blue . such as i feel blue. it means that i am upset and unhappy. now very eager to learn another expression with blue. come out of blue.


to be surprised is a kind of favorite for me .hearing the news of marriage of friends , passing different exams,.....

03:02 AM Jun 14 2015 |

roze1997

roze1997

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

yes surprise is nice espically if someone who is unique for you do it


I couldnt download this because of my location … this was kind of ironic


anyway … I like surprise :)

09:58 AM Sep 19 2014 |

jadejajaja

jadejajaja

Australia

Something related to blue…. out of the blue, blue eyed boy, bolt from the blue, feeling blue, blue in the face, once in a blue moon, men in blue.


To blue pencil something is censorship.


Without any warning, the news came as a blow to me when our friendship came to an abrupt end. I explained till i was blue in the face, friend simply would not listen !!

11:59 AM Jan 31 2014 |

DarknessLight

Bahrain

oh yes I do. Even though I don’t like the part when I’m so surprised that I become speechless. And when the suprise is for me and everyone is looking at me, I hate it when the spot light is on me. So, what I really love about suprises is the extreme joy that follows it. They always make my day. 

09:34 AM Apr 13 2013 |

Sinderella wen

China

To be honest I like surprise,I thinh someoe who can give a surprive is very kind of him.And I think people who is romantic maybe always give some people who regarded as good friends surprises


anyway I think is hapiness.

08:23 AM Nov 04 2012 |

Anna.S.

Anna.S.

Italy

I know Girl talk, i recommend you a dvd about girl talk and remix, a Remix Manifesto…fucking copyrights.


anyway, i like surprises, when things are not planned are better for me… 

11:52 AM Nov 03 2012 |

blueskun

blueskun

China

Aha i like do something in the plan but you know there are not always exit

03:43 AM May 13 2011 |

anahid goddess

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

Every day of life is surprises.Sunrise  – meet old friend – spring - blossom …....... if there isnt surprises in life everybody will be depress .I  like it thats way I like art. I think that create a  impress is surprises . :) 

03:09 PM Apr 13 2011 |

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Fernandinha

Brazil

I love suprises. Of course, the pleasant surprises.

04:47 PM Apr 11 2011 |

dpogit91

dpogit91

Viet Nam

Surprises would add more colors, reduct the boredom for life;)

thus, i think sometimes we need some things which come out the blue.

As a tone suddenly pops up in the musician's head and starts for a great song, you could follow the ideas that appear in your head even they seem to be so crazy. Don't consider so much. Just do it and wait 4 the result (or consequence) :))

 

09:48 AM Apr 11 2011 |

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Sdhuri

Sdhuri

India

Surprise. . .

08:14 AM Apr 11 2011 |

aminian

aminian

Australia

I like surprises because they are like releasing lots of joy inside your veins. A surprise could make your day by creating joyful moments to your ordinary life. It is like ecstasy. If just make you to hold your breath, pop up your eyes and generate impulsive reactions. Even when your are the subjective for surprise it really moves you. You feel how others feel about you and pay attention to you and shows how lucky your are with having such invaluable friends. Ya, I like surprises!   

02:47 AM Apr 11 2011 |

Twile

Twile

Tanzania, United Republic Of

I like suprises because it makes me to be so creatives to handle with some matter!

02:03 AM Apr 11 2011 |

sofree

sofree

China

Basically I don't like suprises, lol~

I thought this kind of "mix" requires a lot of talent, the feeling should come out of blue, but this guy made it by working hard.

10:12 PM Apr 10 2011 |

Ali Imran

Ali Imran

Pakistan

You cannot anticipate that the audience will buy what you've made when it comes out of the blue because many of them won't even know about it.

08:36 PM Apr 10 2011 |

Rachel study

China

You need hundreds hundreds times of trial,success,failure..then get something out of blue….That's mean success needs hard working.

07:35 PM Apr 10 2011 |

1 person likes this

jejo

jejo

United States

Yes, I do like surprises. It's wonderful especially if it out of blue, something unexpected. surprise would be more exciting if it laid out for you.

 

KEEP in YOUR MIND that I only like nice surprises.

07:29 PM Apr 10 2011 |

nfrtary

nfrtary

Egypt

actually i like surprises but the good surprises i mean cause i see there are bad and good surprise , you know when you face bad surprise you shock and the good also you shock but totally different betwen them i like the good one it make me feel the best feelings ever like if someone bring to you something you like it , this make you the happiest one on the earth

finaly thanx to english baby

07:28 PM Apr 10 2011 |

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