Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Sunday, November 22, 2009 6:45 am

Grand theft

Filed under: Fun — Lex @ 6:45 am
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There’s a music Ph.D. thesis in here somewhere: an entertaining 5-minute video on how the I-V-VIm-IV chord progression has so thoroughly infiltrated pop music:

This progression is a/k/a “The minor fall, the major lift,”  as it’s called in Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” which uses it in places (and which inspired a blog, now defunct but formerly here, of the same name), as does the Police’s “So Lonely” and God alone knows how many others, including roughly 2/3 of the songs currently in Radio Disney’s heavy rotation. Sigh.

I suspect the only chord progression that’s been stolen more often is “Louie, Louie.” And a book has been written about that.

(h/t: Ann Sheaffer Gibert on Facebook)


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