I used to do accompaniment for an opera singer, and the translated lyrics of the Opera she sang were the socially acceptable pop music of the time. |–cutesy piano intro–|–romantic yearning–|–romantic angst–|–end piano ditty–|
Brilliant! But in Country music you’ve left out the part about a girl in ‘painted on jeans’, and a wife’s trailer-park wrecking rampage after finding her man sippin’ Barcardi with said painted-on-jeans girl. But other than that, and Taylor Swift teenage angst, you’re pretty much dead on! 🙂
A lot of jazz follows a standard “bookend” form (called Rounded Binary in classical music.) You already know it from your English class when they taught you how to write an essay.
1. Intro: Tell ’em what you’re going to say.
2. Body: Say it, with examples and proof. Three paragraphs is a good number.
3. Conclusion: Tell ’em what you told ’em.
What that translates to in a lot of classic jazz is:
1. theme (melody, liberally paraphrased in some cases)
2. improvisation on the form and harmony of the theme (count carefully, because they ALWAYS follow the exact form!) Sometimes there is one soloist, sometimes many. Three is a good number.
3. theme again to finish, even MORE liberally paraphrased than the first time. Sometimes there’s an extension of some sort at the end of the last theme.
May we add prog rock: 0:00 swelling intro 0:30 middle section full of gratuitous time changes (because we can) 3:30 thirty-second flute or otherwise less-well-known instrument (a cappella harmony bit may be substituted at band’s discretion) 6:00 false ending 7:00 real ending …?
this anatomy of songs has started something big! and lots of your followers have got the bug and offered suggestions they also made me laugh! so clever. i dont know about music structure and the dont need to – the fun side is all in your strips that does it for me – and i understand! thank you !
Thanks for bringing attention to indie music! Follow me on social media which you can find in my profile links to find new indie music, promoters & radio stations. Here’s my SoundCloud playlist for starters: https://soundcloud.com/luvindiemusic/likes
Wrong Hands, I hope you do a “Part 2”. Imagine how many more unsolicited, yet welcome free music lessons we will all get in the comments section. Being a musician myself, I was still able to learn some music theory and gain insight on various genres. I enjoyed the lighthearted humor in your cartoon and some good laughs from your fans and critics. Good stuff! Thanks everybody! Thanks for taking on such serious subject matter and breaking it all down for us Wrong Hands! 🙂 Bravo! Encore!
Please do a part two! This was great. It would be awesome if you could include alternative(Maroon 5, All American Rejects, Green Day), reggea, jazz, metal, and indie pop/singer songwriter (Lana Del Rey, Adele, John Mayer, Amy Winehouse.) Love and light!
Here’s my suggestion for jazz anatomy: 1) Chord progression intro, each utilizing nearly impossible voicings of 9ths or 13ths. 2) Horns collectively play hook. 3) Piano solo based on Powell. 4) Alto solo based on Parker. 5) Trumpet solo based on Davis. 6) Tenor solo based on Hawkins. 7) Trade 4’s with drummer (latter based on Max Roach). 8) Repeat #2. 9) Go shoot heroin. : )
Twenty-something problems now I am supposed to have
Who says? well it is Facebook and it’s muddlin’ with my head
That’s least of all my problems so there’s plenty more to go
Twenty-something problems sure let’s put them in a row
My car is junk, my house’s shed, I’m a lonely desp’rate guy
My wife she has the measles and in secret hopes I’ll die
I’m restless, bored, an anorex’, I’m usin’ XTC
So twenty-something problems well there’s more for u to see
My knees are weak my liver ‘s gone, it’s livin’ in a barn
My stomach ache is painful but its causing no alarm
No what I’m worried of, my taste buds’ situation there you see
They all migrated long ago to a bourbon distill’ry
So twenty somethin’problems well I did not even start
I mentioned not my kidneys and my hope-of-ridden heart
My daughter is successful so I’m written off her books
Well there’s my life and really, not as bad as it might look!
For twenty something problems are an honour to have had
To have succeeded none the less in not yet being dead
A mattress layin’on the ground my doggy by side
And twenty something problems laying softly at my side
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Brought a smile to the end of a busy day. I like the first two the best. Momma said, Dirt Roads and Jesus. Blues genre = complaining. <~ I do far too much of that, so laughing at ourselves can effect a more conscientious way of living. Taking stock, now that I see I'm way too serious sometimes. Thanks a bunch!
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Che cosa è nata prima: la musica o la sofferenza? Ai bambini si tolgono le armi giocattolo, non gli si fanno vedere certi film per paura che possano sviluppare la cultura della violenza, però nessuno evita che ascoltino centinaia, anzi, dovrei dire migliaia di canzoni che parlano di abbandoni, di gelosie, di tradimenti, di penose tragedie del cuore. Io ascoltavo la pop music perché ero un infelice. O ero infelice perché ascoltavo la pop music? [Alta fedeltà, 2000]
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