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I'm a writer, scientist, musician, inventor and lecturer. During the daytime I am advisor to the President of Shenkar College. In the evening I write children's books, satire, and "how to" manuals ("Mel's ten tips). I'm co-founder of Ourboox and married to Ourboox CEO Shuli Sapir-Nevo. אני סופר, ממציא, מרצה, מוזיקאי
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Popular Music Appreciation – A Checklist

by Mel Rosenberg - מל רוזנברג

Let’s add to our repertoire of musical understanding of popular songs: pitch, melody and phrasing.

 

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We can use the following questions to try to help us understand why we like a song or not:

Is there a universal story? A personal story? A good story?

Similar to other songs we know and like and yet different’

Does the music fit the lyrics?

Hook

Danceability/Beat/Groove

Fits the listening situation/mood

Makes us feel like everyone else/part of a special group of people

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Simple/complicated (chords, etc.)

Quality of voice and type of singing

Speechiness

Authenticity

Energy

Instruments and instrumentation – familiar, different

Arrangement

The melody and notes of the song

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Let’s listen to this big hit by Gilbert O’Sullivan from the early seventies. Alone Again, Naturally.

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Artwork from the book - Popular Music Appreciation – A Checklist by Mel Rosenberg - מל רוזנברג - Ourboox.com

 

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And Diana Krall cover:

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Homework: Listen to at least three of the songs chosen by Paul or Diana and try to answer why they covered them, using the checklist above.

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