The Compositional Drummer

The Compositional Drummer

Information for the career minded drummer and musician

Can Your Music Stand Alone?

Texture: The amount of voices or instruments used in music composition

 

It was believed, a very long time ago might I add, that music possessed the power to move the emotions of people. And, it does. Think about some great songs written throughout the annals of music history that would bring a tear to the eye. You might have yours but mine is “Longer Than” by the late great Dan Fogelberg. 

 

The brand name Muzak, or commonly known as elevator music, is proof of the power of the stripped down composition. Mostly melody with light texture and accompaniment muzak brings the composition back to a barebones state. Have you ever found yourself whistling the melody of elevator music or humming the melody to a familiar piece being played over the background PA while shopping. 

 

So, when it comes to our compositions, as writers we need to ask ourselves one probing question. Can it stand alone? Is the melody singable, void of any complexities that might cause the listener to tune out. Second, the harmony and accompaniment, is it straightforward, or loaded with mounds of production and obtuse chord changes robbing the listener of a true experience.  Remember, the average listener to your music is doing just that… listening. As a popular music writer It’s ones responsibility to write music untrained ears can understand and appreciate.

 

In conclusion I’ve attached an example of a great song with limited production value that can definitely stand on it’s own. Please take care to analyze this song in it’s entirety from lyric to melody and harmony. Simply Beautiful:-)… Do you enjoy music that touches you in a special way?  Share your experiences with me in the comments below. 

 

Lyrics:

Longer than there've been fishes

in the ocean

Higher than any bird ever flew

Longer than there've been stars

up in the heavens

I've been in love with you.

Stronger than any mountain cathedral

Truer than any tree ever grew

Deeper than any forest primeval

I am in love with you.

I'll bring fires in the winters

You'll send showers in the springs

We'll fly through the falls and summers

With love on our wings.

Through the years as the fire

starts to mellow

Burning lines in the book of our lives

Though the binding cracks and the

pages start to yellow

I'll be in love with you.

Longer than there've been fishes

in the ocean

Higher than any bird ever flew

Longer than there've been stars

up in the heavens

I've been in love with you

I am in love with you.

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