Meaningless talk is “chin music”.
“Facing the music” describes dealing with the consequences of one’s actions.
If someone has to face the music, they have to accept the consequences of doing something wrong.
“Inga did not study and will face the music when her grades are posted.”
Music to my Ears
If something someone says is music to your ears, it is exactly what you want to hear.
“When our boss announced the three day weekend, it was music to our ears.”
“I was afraid the battery was dead, but when I heard my car start, it was music to my ears.”
Set Something to Music
A musician writing a tune for lyrics is “setting the lyrics to music”.
Example statement: “You’re ugly, your haircut is horrid, and your breath smells.”
Example statement: “Your tests are negative; you’re cancer-free.”
This idiom refers to popular tunes reorganized into instrumentals and can also describe soft jazz and “easy listening” music. It is played in doctor/dentist offices, on “hold” on the telephone, and in malls.
“The elevator music in my doctor’s office makes me sleepy.”
Fit as a fiddle
It means: in very good health. If you are fit as a fiddle, you are in perfect health.
"She plays tennis twice a week – she's as fit as a fiddle."
"You may feel sick now, but after a few days of rest and plenty of liquids, you'll be fit as a fiddle."
Grandson: "Are you sure you'll be able to climb all these stairs?"
Grandmother: "Of course! I feel as fit as a fiddle today."
Play second fiddle
It means be lower down in rank than someone else.
If you play second fiddle, you take a subordinate role behind someone more important.
Fiddle while Rome burns
If people are fiddling while Rome burns, they are wasting their time on futile things while problems threaten to destroy them.
Blow/toot your own horn
If you blow your own horn, you boast about your achievements and abilities.
('Blow your own trumpet' is an alternative form.)
Blow your own trumpet
If someone blows their own trumpet, they boast about their talents and achievements. ('Blow your own horn' is an alternative form.)
Saved by the bell
Ring a Bell
“I don’t know him, but his face rings a bell.”
Clear as a bell
Bells on (USA)
You can't unring a bell
This means that once something has been done, you have to live with the consequences as it can't be undone.
See you on the big drum
A good night phrase to children.
Drum something in
Drum up support/business
Bang the drum
It means speak in support of something
"We're banging the drum for women's rights."
March to the beat of your own drum
Play it by Ear
Be music to someone's ears
Play something by ear
For a song
“As the car had no engine, Fred was able to buy it for a song.”
Make a song and dance about something
If you make a song and dance about something, you make a big deal out of, or a fuss over, something that isn't very important.
"She made a song and dance out of organizing the flowers. Just as well we didn't give her anything more complicated to do!"
A swan song is a final act before dying or ending something.
“Changing your tune” emphasizes a change of mind/heart.
If someone changes their ideas or the way they talk about them, they change their tune.
“Frankie wanted to wear a skirt but changed her tune when it started snowing.”
Call the tune
The person who calls the tune makes the important decisions about something.
Small adjustments to improve something or to get it working are called fine tuning.
March to the same tune
It means all follow the same plan/say the same thing
"I think the problem with this company is that the management don't march to the same tune."
Sing from the same song sheet
If someone says that you can whistle for something, they are determined to ensure that you don't get it.
Wet your whistle
It means to drink something (alcoholic)
"Come and wet your whistle!"
A whistle-stop tour is when someone visits a number of places quickly, not stopping for long.
Whistling Dixie (USA)
If someone is whistling Dixie, they talk about things in a more positive way than the reality.
Whistling in the dark
If someone is whistling in the dark, they believe in a positive result, even though everybody else is sure it will not happen.
And all that jazz
Jazz something up
“Norbert and his buddies got together with their instruments for a jam session.”
Know the score
Hit the right note
Be pitch-perfect (be note-perfect)
It takes two to tango
Pull out all the stops
If you pull out all the stops, you do everything you possibly can to achieve the result you want.
Strike a chord
If strikes a chord, it is familiar to you, reminds you of something or is connected to you somehow.