PERFECT by Alanis Morissette and Glenn Ballard – bittersweetness in a diagram? Harmonic speed diagrams, video embed.

Alanis and Glenn wrote this song in ten minutes and the track on the album was the first take.

Alanis Morissette and Glenn wrote this song in ten minutes and the track on the album was the first take.

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spiron and matherton
November 26, 2017

THE WATER IS WIDE – Orla Falon- declassified tempo map, video link

The scene was filmed on the the California beaches, somewhere between Catalina and Venice Beach. As you can tell I’m from the East Coast!

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The Water Is Wide

This is a tempo chart I made inspired by a scene from the Bold and The Beautiful that featured Susan Flannery as Stephanie Douglas Forrester ushering with utter gentlest her other, played by Betty White. The scene was filmed on the the California beaches, somewhere between Catalina and Venice Beach. As you can tell I’m from the East Coast!

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matherton + spiron
november 26, 2017

“Having My Baby” | unclassified tempo map| recording by the ageless PAUL ANKA

In the 1970s, Odoea Coates sang to Paul Anna that she wanted to have his baby because she “was a woman in love.”

In the 1970s, Odoea Coates sang to Paul Anna that she wanted to have his baby because she “was a woman in love.”

PAUL: “What A lovely way of showing how much you love me.”

Paul Anka - modern tempo map
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Paul digs deeper, “Didn’t have to keep it – wouldn’t put you through it! You could have swept it from your life but you wouldn’t do it. No – you wouldn’t do it! [have an abortion].”

So in some ways the 1970s were a more liberal than the 2010s.

 

spiron/matherton

november 24, 2017

“Never A Time” | Genesis | unclassified tempo charts

 This was not surprising to hear on the day that the speed usually indicates: true bittersweetness. A sweet day that leaves a bitter aftertaste as time is a bastard. When we say goodbye to the ones we love on holidays no one ever knows when to say goodbye.

My brother asked me about the speed of this one yesterday.

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This was not surprising to hear on the day that the speed usually indicates: true bittersweetness. A sweet day that leaves a bitter aftertaste as time is a bastard. When we say goodbye to the ones we love on holidays no one ever knows when to say goodbye.

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The speed of Never A Time by Genesis appears to have two speeds.

As originally released, the speed was 77.000 beats per minute.  As released on their digital; “Remaster” of the album ‘The Way We Walk’ The speed is 77.25 beats per minute.

777 milliseconds per quarter note

The charts here reflect the “remastered” version.

 

matherton and spiron

november 24, 2017

 

“You see, I’ve been through the desert on a horse with no name, it feels good to be out of the rain.” UNCLASSIFIED TEMPO DIAGRAMS – video link

America’s HORSE WITH NO NAME is a song at a speed that one generally associated with victory, redemption and pure joy.  They did a twist in that speed – they play in the sublime sad haunted key of Em 9.

America’s HORSE WITH NO NAME is a song at a speed that one generally associated with victory, redemption and pure joy.  They did a twist in that speed – they play in the sublime sad haunted key of Em 9.  I recently heard the sing in the movie AMERICAN HUSTLER with Tom Cruise and Jennifer Lawrence and was psyched to hear the 10970s folk song sounding as unique as ever,

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the zone | America |”Today’s The Day” |UNCLASSIFIED tempo map

I had liked the song and heard it before – to the point that when I went to breakfast I could feel the song more than the fear or anything else. And I was in what we all now call “THE ZONE.

The song Today’s The Day is my secret song in regard to the entire reason I discovered what I did.

The summer this song was popular, I was at a summer “sleep away” camp, and unlike when I was 9 years old and had gone to a sleep-away camp where 4 of my cousins were also going, two of them familiar with the ropes.

When I was ten I spent the summer at a summer camp in Connecticut in an atmosphere with which I was unfamiliar. Most other campers were from New England private schools, where I am from, like my wife and my parents , from New Jersey public school.

Today's The Day America modern tempo maps
Today’s The Day America modern tempo maps

The camp and being homesick made me uncomfortable more than I ever would have admitted at a *tough* ten year old (!) would ever admit. The truth was I was uncomfortable meeting a couple of hundred new kids, no one close to me.

One day my fear ended. It happened because this song was playing on my clock radio alarm as I woke up. I had liked the song and heard it before – to the point that when I went to breakfast I could feel the song more than the fear or anything else. And I was in what we all now call “THE ZONE.” The day was perfect, I never hesitated, I tried to get nervous and I couldn’t, I just couldn’t miss. I remember telling myself: but for the song in morning, the whole summer would have been different. If I get older and no one has figured out how to use the power of matching an individual’s “zone” with a song that fit in that zone, I would need to try to do something myself.

 

spiron w J matherton

11/20/2017

“I bought a toothbrush, some some toothpaste, a flannel for my face” TEMPTED, Squeeze, Unclassified tempo map

It was the first song I heard when I arrived at my college in 1981, and indeed, leaving my little town of Harrington Park behind I felt I had made a mistake, I always loved the part of the song where Squeeze’s lead singer sings what I wanted in November 1981 when he sings the classic, “I said to my reflection, ‘let’s get out of this place!’.

“Tempted” plays at a speed where one usually finds songs filled with enthusiasm.

It was the first song I heard when I arrived at my college in 1981, and indeed, leaving my little town of Harrington Park behind I felt I had made a mistake, I always loved the part of the song where Squeeze’s lead singer sings what I wanted in November 1981 when he sings the classic, “I said to my reflection, ‘let’s get out of this place!’.

Handle With Care George Harrison Traveling Wilburys
Handle With Care George Harrison Traveling Wilburys

 

The song Tempted by Squeeze was measured by J Matherton and me and the diagram of its speed is shown below

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“Tempted”

 

Spiron/J Matherton

11/20/2017