Tuesday, September 12, 2006

The key change. Are you a fan?

I love listening to music. It is so powerful. It's amazing how it can affect my mood. It can be energizing, like when I listen to upbeat music while cleaning. It can be spiritual, like when I'm singing a hymn at church. It can be relaxing, like when I'm listening to a beautiful piano arrangement while I'm stuck in traffic.

Something I like in a song is the key change. Do you know what I am talking about? It usually happens during the last verse or chorus. There is almost always an intro leading into it. The instruments get a little louder and bam! The notes are higher. I love it. This is when I get really into the song.

Blake thinks it's cheesy but I think it's great! What do you think?

P.S. I have only been taking piano lessons for 2 months so please forgive the simple music terms I have used here.


Jacki said...

AAAAh yes dear... modulation! Hehe! That could be the only word that I took from all of my Music Theory classes because I too love it!

Lexia said...

I like accidentals (I think they're called) like sharps, flats, naturals. That half pitch higher or lower gets me everytime.

Anonymous said...

Good 'ole mods. The are a great tool when used sparingly!

Annette and Rick said...

I think it depends on who's performing the song. Today, I heard the 1966 song "Sunny" by Bobby Hebb, which has THREE key changes, and it worked. The key change on the TV theme song from "Hawaii Five-O" is definitely sublime.

Often, I find myself singing this type of song and I just keep changing the key higher and higher until I can't reach the notes any longer. What fun!