Song Analysis: Grenade

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Summary

  • I chose to summarize Bruno Mars’s song Grenade because it was on the latest album that I downloaded to my phone.

Song Analysis

TOPICMY RESPONSES
SONG TITLEGrenade
COMPOSER(S)Andrew Wyatt, Ari Levine, Brody Brown, Bruno Mars, Claude Kelly, Philip Lawrence
YEAR2010
COUNTRYUnited States
If you could work on this song (change it), what would you change and why?I think the entire arrangement and singing of the song sounds amazing and catchy as heck. Though the lyrics are a bit cringy, that’s how a lot of love songs are though.
What is the song GENRE?Pop
What is the song KEY?D-minor
What is the song TEMPO?108bpm
What do you like about the RHYTHM?The beats of the song match the mood of the song fantastically. From verse to chorus the rhythm builds up and matches the tone.
What do you like about the ARRANGEMENT?Both the chorus and verse are built on excellent sounding patterns that change slightly. The song really shines when special patterns or one-shot notes appear, as the song’s base is already great.
What do you like about the MIX?Everything in the song feels at the right volume and no part of the song overshadows or damages the other
What do you like about the TIMBRE of some or all of the instruments?The piano throughout the song sounded very calm and pop-like, not really super sharp or out there, really blending in with the song well.
What do you like about the PITCH of some or all of the instruments or vocals?Bruno Mars is an excellent singer at the high pitch, this song definitely showcases that during the chorus.
Are there particular TRACK(S) that stand out?I absolutely love the choir in the background, they sound great when paired with Bruno’s lovely singing voice.
Finally, what do you like about the overall COMPOSITION?Grenade is absolutely a standard pop song but it really shines when Bruno takes the handle and shows off what the song can really do if given the opportunity to raise it’s pitch

“A song is a musical composition intended to be performed by the human voice. This is often done at distinct and fixed pitches (melodies) using patterns of sound and silence. Songs contain various forms, such as those including the repetition and variation of sections.” wikipedia.org/wiki/Song

Song Analysis: Scenes from an Italian Restaurant

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Ask yourself the following questions:

TOPICYOUR NOTES
SONG TITLE:Scenes from an Italian Restaurant
COMPOSER(S):Billy Joel
YEAR:1997
COUNTRY:United States
If you could work on this song (change it), what would you change and why?Both the beginning and end of the song are very similar, albeit with some minor differences since it’s the conclusion of the song. I believe that the ending could’ve been improved if it ended more climatically and in a grand manner. I really enjoy songs that finish with a bang and Scenes from an Italian Restaurant certainly had the theme and potential to do so. However, the ending that was included was by no means disappointing.
What is the song GENRE?Rock
What is the song KEY?F-Major
What is the song TEMPO?97 bpm
What do you like about the RHYTHM?I love how the song moves from a slow beginning to a very feel-good beat
What do you like about the ARRANGEMENT?The song mixes a variety of instruments and percussion that all blend fabulously
What do you like about the MIX?The layout and combination of all the instruments fit the mood in every part of the song
What do you like about the TIMBRE of some or all of the instruments?The piano and saxophone sound very clean and grand. The guitar strumming at the very beginning of the song also sounds very nice, almost ASMR like.
What do you like about the PITCH of some or all of the instruments or vocals?The song stays pretty in line with a few points where Billy sings a little higher
Are there particular TRACK(S) that stand out?The first transition from the slow jazzy beginning to “Brenda and Eddie” has a slow build-up to a complete mute to all other instruments. The only instrument is the piano playing chords in a simple repeating pattern, then another piano part plays over with a funky melody. It’s a great transition into the other part of the song.
Finally, what do you like about the overall COMPOSITION?This song gives me similar vibes to Bohemian Rhapsody, while it might not be the 5 part epic of Queen, Billy Joel’s Scenes from an Italian Restaurant moves seamlessly and beautifully from its different sections that really mixes many different moods into the piece.

“A song is a musical composition intended to be performed by the human voice. This is often done at distinct and fixed pitches (melodies) using patterns of sound and silence. Songs contain various forms, such as those including the repetition and variation of sections.” wikipedia.org/wiki/Song

HookTheory for Learning About Song Structure

Week 14 – Analysis

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“Theory is a six-letter dirty word to most musicians, but hey, musicians love dirty words, right? And just like all the other dirty words, theory is easy to learn and fun to use!”
― Ray Harmony, Hack Music Theory, Part 1: Learn Scales & Chords in 30 minutes

SUMMARY

  • I read an article about keeping my brain healthy and going during the pandemic as well as listened to a song and analyzed it.

OUTSIDE (CREATIVITY, PRODUCTIVITY & THE BRAIN)

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  • It was interesting to read this guide 8 months into quarantine because a large portion of the information I had already taken from other sources and my own discoveries. I by no means have my stuff together, but I have enough of a base to continue in the right direction. Though, one particular sentence did strike a chord with me, “challenge negative thoughts.” The concept is by no means new to me, but I just really like the sound of that sentence.

WHAT I LEARNED and PROBLEMS I SOLVED

  • I learned that there are still plenty of things to learn about staying well during covid. A “problem” I solved was improving my ability to listen to all parts of a song