In four different keys.
Some of my long-term readers might remember this song. It’s a little different this time:
Here are two versions of “Mia and Sebastian’s Theme Song” from La La Land.
Here is another ditty
From me to you
Whoever you are
And whatever you do
Here is another example of how different a song can sound by leaving the melody alone, but changing the accompanying chords.
This little 12 bar section has nothing but arpeggios. As you no doubt know by now, arpeggios are the notes of a chord. In this case there are only 3 chords: C7, G7, and F7.
Which notes do they share?
C7: C E G Bb
F7: F A C Eb
G7: G B D F
C7 shares one note with F7: C
C7 shares one note with G7: G
G7 shares one note with F7: F
So it turns out the notes they share with each other are the roots of each chord.
The third and seventh notes of a chord are considered to be the most important. Musicians call them guide tones. Check out what happens when you multiply numbers by 3s and 7s:
333 x 444 = 147,852
333 x 777 = 258, 741
2 x 333 x 777 = 517,482
Do you notice anything about those answers? They all have the same digits. The first answer is the exact reverse of the second one. And one of them is twice as much as the other. Do you know any other numbers that have the same digits when they are doubled, or are the exact reverse? I haven’t found any yet.
Fun Fact #37:
37 x 99 = 3,663
37 x 999 = 36,663
37 x 9999 = 369,963
73 x 99 = 7,227
73 x 999 = 72,927
73 x 9,999 = 729,927
I could go on and on, but the answers will always be the same backwards and forwards. And it only seems to work with 37 and 73.
Isn’t that fascinating? I think so too!
If you find math as interesting as I do, you will probably like this video. And it might just save your life one day:
I have been working on this song for hours
Instead of being outside with the flowers
Because music is just what I do
So here is a song, from me to you
(By the way, do you know day today is? Is it Thursday?)
A tiny blues band is in my laptop trying to get out
I hear them in the evening when they start to scream and shout
I try to calm them gently with an understanding word
But they won’t stop yelling at me, so I guess they should be heard.
Take it away, tiny Blues Band!
I’ve had several readers ask for me to add a lead guitar to this song.
So I did.
Many songs by the Rolling Stones have nothing but dominant chords. The song “Good Times Bad Times” is one such song. I have done two versions here. I hope you like them. Come on, say you do!
Did you know that Ryan Gosling learned to play the piano for his role in La La Land?
And he did all of his own playing. I find that very impressive, don’t you?