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The Google Plus Song

Blue from Hello, The Future sings about the pluses and minuses of social networking…

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Steve D

Steve D

Steve consists of approximately 60% water and 40% organic molecules, arranged in a configuration that is, among over things, capable of describing itself in this manner.

4 Comments

  1. August 16, 2011 at 10:22 am

    Fun! Is it just me or shouldn’t a song about google end in a plagal cadence? …uh, yah, okay, it’s just me then….

  2. August 16, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    Haaa.

    In Google’s name, amen.

  3. August 16, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    Agreed, and will add the cadence to (hello the) future performances of the song!

    Also: “the pluses and the minuses, they’re sure to clear your sinuses…”

  4. August 16, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    Blue, [May I call you Blue? :)] that rhyme is a crime, but don’t get me wrong, I do think it fine.

    More seriously, or at least more relevantly, I really love your arrangement on that tune. Letting the vocal carry the rhythm unaccompanied is something I wish more singer/songwriters would do. Folky open mic nights make me want to scream “You! Don’t! Need! To! Strum! On! Ev! Er! Ry! BEAT!” and/or flog them (syncopated of course) with a Thelonious Monk boxed set. Good thing I don’t get out much anymore.

    I found something interesting while I was looking up cadence terms, it’s been a few years since I thought about how these things are described. From Wikipedia’s article on Tierce de Picardie:

    “In the 16th and 17th centuries this was a very common way to end a piece in a minor key. There is a scientific explanation for this. Music in the minor sounds melancholy or disturbed in comparison to the major because the third note of the scale is flattened (lowered by a semitone). In the harmonic series this minor third is the 17th harmonic which sounds dissonant against the fundamental (first note of the scale). This means that ending in the major gives a sense of relief after the tension of the minor.”

    That assertion of science pricked up my skeptical ears. Aren’t the terms “melancholy”, “disturbed”, “dissonant”, “tension” and “relief” all descriptors of subjective perceptions? Thoughts, oh skeptical artistic folk?

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