Hey Songwriting Forum,
I´d need a little bit help to figure out whats happening in Imogen Heaps Little Bird harmonically
I found this post on her forum: The song has no chorus, just repetition of a single harmonic progression. (i, VI, , V/iii, iii, [V], IV, I, IV, flat-VI, V, i). Brackets indicate a pivot to those key centers. To anyone who wants to play it on a piano, it's C# minor, A major, E major, D# major, G# minor, B major, E major, B major, E major, G major, F# major, B minor. If that doesn't make sense, she changes keys three times with each stanza of lyric.
But when i try to lay down simple piano chords under the song it just wont work. Even the first chord C# minor sounds totally wrong to me. I assume that my ears are trying to follow the vocal line rather than the underling chords. In some parts i seem to "get it" but in other parts im totally lost.
Maybe someone on here can shed some light.
Its driving me mad since i love the song and would love to figure out how it works but i just cant