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alternative • apart from • in my head
long since • sings in
  1. I have had that song all day.
  2. She the car on the way to work.
  3. They have great music at this bar.
  4. I like all fruit blueberries.
  5. She had forgotten the words to that song.
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23 Music and Such
Matt answers questions about music and talks about his singing ability.

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alternative music

My favorite kind of music is alternative music.

'Alternative music' first developed in the 1980s and became really popular in the 1990s.  It is independent music that comes from punk rock.  Notice the following:

  1. She listens to nothing but alternative music.
  2. He was in an alternative music band when he was twenty.

apart from

Generally, I like all music, apart from country music.

We use the phrase 'apart from' when we want to give an exception to a general statement that we have given.  Notice the following:

  1. She doesn't like vegetables apart from broccoli.
  2. Do you eat any meat apart from chicken?

(anything) in my head

I sing just about anything in my head.

When we have a song 'in our head' we are singing it to ourselves inside of our mind.  Usually we say this when the song keeps repeating over and over again.  Notice the following:

  1. I have this tune in my head and I don't know what it is.
  2. Do you usually have a song in your head?

have long since forgotten

I used to play the piano, but I've long since forgotten that.

If we have 'long since forgotten' something it has been a long time since we have done it and now we can't remember how to do it.  Notice the following:

  1. She has long since forgotten how to sew.
  2. I have long since forgotten many childhood stories.

sing in the shower

I sing in the shower every chance I get.

When you 'sing in the shower' you literally sing a tune while you are taking a shower.  Many people do this because the voice usually sounds better in a small place like a shower.  Notice the following:

  1. I was really embarrassed that I sang in the shower when you were here.
  2. My roommate always sings in the shower.