Originally Posted by Happy Musicfan
It also has an interesting twist right off the bat, the swift movement towards the III7 chord (or V7 of vi).
Thinking in the key of F : the opening melody :g,f,f... is followed by an impied stepwise bass motion (F,G,A...) into the A7 chord, which quickly uplifts the melodic theme into a rather refreshing harmonic room before one's ears have had a chance to find a seat.
I know it's in F (Paul tuned a whole step down) and played in G
It starts in G but the F#mi( I play F#mi11..open 1&2 strings) to B which is a ii-V in E minor.
The C-D-G pull t back to G major.The A major is what music calls a secondary dominant which just means making the II chord is major(very common in jazz ,blues,country etc) and then instead of a V-I cadence it does a IV-I with a "quick change". Nothing way out but not "normal" either.It's an earmark of Paul's,Johns, and Georges compositions.Most of it is normal then it has a quirk or two or 5!!(John..).As has been said it's Zenish.They just heard it without " dwelling on the theory ( probably not knowing it other than the songs they learned).
Craft is the the architects drawing .It's doubtful the house will stand for long without at least a semblance of the how to…however they are not the house.I agree with creegstor many are armed with a little (or a lot) of craftiness but can't see the house.It may look good after its done and pass code but it's missing something.Even when something is practically perfect in every way (like a Mozart or Bach composition) there is something about it.With them everything they wrote was perfect but most folks only know a few of their pieces( I was guilty of that and still am to a degree because their output is huge!).
They transcended the craft even though it is in every piece they wrote with impeccability.Someone may not"subjectively enjoy it but objectively for anyone that understands what they did there are no faults to be found.From all I've read Mozart composed like other great musicians jam.Spontaneously without "outward" restraints .The craft was the architectural draft was being drawn at the same time it was being built !!One point to be taken from that is it is humanly possible (and I'm sure Mozart and Bach and MANY others where only human).
Not being a great instrumental composer of their stature but "knowing" the craft of composition, songwriting in comparison is..not much.Learning the songwriting craft well..tain't rocket surgery!!.on that note many folks still don't "get" it.and I'm of the opinion as creegstor stated that you either have it or don't…in degrees.The craft can be learned the "mystery" can't(I used to call it art but the word art no longer has meaning).Many times the craft leads to exposing the mystery but most times craft is just craft.The airwaves is crammed with craftiness that folks soak up through those high def earbuds….
I believe most folks have to learn "craft" one way or the other to advance.The boys learned it from experience.When they were young (just like most of us) they listen .Those few years in Hamburg and touring GB most have taught them LOADS!!.I think John was the first to clue in that some of was a "load" but he also clued into to WHO he was.(No one I know is in my tree.You know it must be high or low).Everything "clicked for them.They were SONGWRITERS that were in a zone.They connected with millions (and still do 50 years later!! one of the chosen few).
Can the common man do that…yes…one of the chosen few.Most will not.regardless if they have multiple #1.It's mostly just a load of craftiness(names will not be named but many are in the charts).
How can the common man learn to be in the chosen few.They can't…in IMO only time will tell.The world is "not what it seems".There are more thing a change than just"Arab Springs" and "mass global economic collapse".The whole world will change and I have faith it will COMPLETELY change everything including muzak and it will have ZERO to do with the biz.
At the present time we are in the most media manipulation driven day and age in history(the last hundred years).Pavlov is clanging his bell and billions are salivating and they know not why or what.Most music is not just worthless because its craftiness …it is because serving it's master….the love of money is the root of ALL evil.No man can serve two masters.Can mankind be cured…Sure…and will be.Will it submit sensibly and reasonably…
ehe no.Drags is more like it…however There will come a day..and it will be a GREAT day….and "the craft" will be a given (as it always has).Everything has a purpose and a place.Beauty cannot be known with out banality.The problem is not in the eye but the beholder and the "beauty" maker.Our eyes and ears were made to do their job perfectly.It is operator ear somewhere inside the old cabasa.Him that has ears (the chosen few) ….let them hear.
However I know most if not all of this will be dismissed as just talk talk it's only talk.Where is this new day of enlightenment.It's already blossoming.No I'm not talking about new age enlightenment or a harmonic convergence of 2012(though I also believe it isn't a coincidence) or some"artist" rights bill .Is the sign of it in the charts?…IMO it's a million miles from any of that.That is the man behind the curtain blowing smoke and clanging tin sheets of thunder.It will come without observation.The old will fade into obscurity (and derision while the cynics reamin).A mysterian (my "new"word for artist) will "hear" the sound.They will have trained for it but they will not strive to create it will be like falling out of bed.The wheat will be separated from the chaff.It's inevitable.The cycle is coming around ..and starting a whole new circle.
Learning craft is not a simple task even for something as simple as songwriting.It is mostly acute observation of the obvious.It is mostly filtering out what doesn't work…what isn't needed.That process of elimination that needs mass to start.If we can't identify the fluff from the substance the filterier will throw out or keep both arbitrarily according to subjectivity.Of course that means the needed needs to be present.That is part of the craft.Knowing what substance works and eliminating the dross.It is the "looks harder and simpler than it is" syndrome.of course the fact is what remains is seldom arrived at by simple (no work) effort.However what remains is simple in that it IS what it is(no I'm not being Zennish!).
Okay I apologize I've gone on longer than most will read.The bottom line is usually"put up or shut up".Just for background I've been playing music for 40 years.I have a good music education but not conservatory level.I've studied song composition for years however lyrics are more recent in the last ten years…my main observation.. I realized was no matter how complicated a composition or lyric it can be distilled down into a few solid craft structures.Mozarts melodic/rhythmic motifs have a very defined and simple pattern to them that are the structure of everything of his I've studied.I will assume it is true of all his work.The lyrics that "connected" with me were condensed to less equals more.The majority of lyrics are just note holders or clever stories that have no reason ,meaning or purpose.The few that connected with me are the latter (meaning and purpose).Amazing Grace being the quintessential song(not written by the same person..or even in the same room or time!!).
it has two note motifs.No "filler" modifiers or sweeping (corny) metaphors.No manipulation or string pulling or pandering to the emotions. Just The Truth nothing but The Truth.
This was the 1st song I wrote with no filters.I had multiple drafts with different concepts same title.and then one day (Dec 13, 2010) I just wrote it.No multiple throw away lines or words.No re- writes(I did drop a bridge).I didn't even know what it meant until I recorded it months later.I'm not a singer but I sang it.That's my song and I'm sticking to it. Music page of BrandX - MP3 music page on SoundClick
THE RIVERS EDGE
Take my hand before I drown
Pull me out and lay me down
Don't leave me here for dead
Rescue me from the rivers edge
Hold me low in your stream
Make me whole wash me clean
Dry my tears anoint my head
Carry me to the rivers edge
When it's time to shed my skin
Walk with you without sin
Lift me up to my bed
I made my peace with the rivers edge