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What am I, and what is the next note?

  • Some call me unemotional and austere, but I will bring the sunshine into anyone's life.

  • I am my next note, though we are not the same.

  • I'm a common complaint from students of language.

Hint:

Clue 3: It's all ----- to me!

Let me know if this should me on Music.SE instead!

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I think you are

the musical note RE

Some call me unemotional and austere, but I will bring the sunshine into anyone's life.

RE on the subject line of emails is a shortcut (austere) and lends the correspondence an air of formality (unemotional). But in REality, you are a drop of golden sun! (Do-Re-Mi song reference as guessed by @MobileGlick)

I am my next note, though we are not the same.

MI (me), a name you call yourself, is also the next note to you

I'm a common complaint from students of language.

Could be a reference to the confusing contraction of "re" in "your" vs "you're" or the ambiguity of tense ("you are" vs "you were"). This might also refer to Recursively Enumerable languages which I will not even attempt to explain :P

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  • $\begingroup$ That's the right answer, but you didn't solve some of the clues! Should I accept? I'm new here. $\endgroup$ – marcellothearcane Sep 19 at 5:07
  • $\begingroup$ Also relatively new here. Can you specify which clue(s) I didn't get right? Also didn't notice the hint before. $\endgroup$ – greysaff Sep 19 at 5:59
  • $\begingroup$ The hint is new. $\endgroup$ – marcellothearcane Sep 19 at 6:01
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Perhaps you are

I think it's SO. Maybe LA? (Reasoning ahead)

Some call me unemotional and austere

DO perhaps? I thought you may be referring to just a normal deer (a doe), but both John Doe and dough also came to mind.

but I will bring the sunshine into anyone's life.

Clearly, this must be ray for the note RE.

I am my next note, though we are not the same.

ME. Referring to itself. The notes ME and RE are not the same, though perhaps similar.

I'm a common complaint from students of language.

(It's all ----- to me!) Maybe it's ”So far.” The note FA can sound like far with an accent. People complain about distance all the time.

Finally we have:

After the note FA we would have the answer SO. However, might be a stretch, if we count ”so” in ”so far” then it may be that the next note is LA.

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Is the answer

Sew

Reasoning:

bringing sunshine refers to "Ray" and next is "Me" in Do Re Mi from the sound of music. So the next one would be Far, and that leaves the answer to be Sew.

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  • $\begingroup$ You're on the right track! You've missed the first part of the first clue and the last clue though. $\endgroup$ – marcellothearcane Sep 19 at 4:46
  • $\begingroup$ Let me know if you'd like a hint $\endgroup$ – marcellothearcane Sep 19 at 4:54

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