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Girl Talk - Out of the Blue

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

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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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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I like surprises if it isn't bad.Sometimes suprises can be very create very unwanted situations.

03:34 AM Apr 10 2011 |

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