Video: How to subtly transform a classic song by changing the scale

posted at 9:01 pm on January 24, 2013 by Allahpundit

To cleanse the palate, if this isn’t the next big thing in sampling, it should be. Instead of lifting a riff from a classic track to put in a new song, the mastermind behind this tweaked the classic until it is the new song by changing the scale from minor to major. The first time you listen to it, it’ll sound flat and jarring, which is understandable: Your mental template of how this song goes, burned in after a thousand radio listens over the last 20 years, will resist. So listen to it twice if you can spare the time, and maybe a few times more than that. I started off “meh” and, after maybe the fourth play, decided it was fantastic. The change in emotional tone from the shift in scale is subtle but unmistakable. And the mandolin, which always sounded tinny and too precious in the original, really pops in this one. I never much liked “Losing My Religion” but I like this. A lot.

The comments at Boing Boing are fascinating too. A few people dig it, most hate it — mental templates are stubborn things — and a few seem to have had a physical reaction to it. I’m expecting the same here. Don’t let me down.

Major Scaled #2 : REM – “Recovering My Religion” from major scaled on Vimeo.

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Hmmmmmmmm Not that impressed but maybe after 10 more listens, I may change my mind!!

Scrumpy on January 24, 2013 at 9:04 PM

Do that to a Hendrix tune and I will hunt you down and dispatch you with extreme prejudice, some things just shouldn’t be messed with.

Bishop on January 24, 2013 at 9:06 PM

Nah still not liking it…gave it one more…

Scrumpy on January 24, 2013 at 9:06 PM

Does it matter? Inevitably, someone will come on here and proclaim “Hated it, but I never liked REM to begin with. Blah blah grumpy pants grumpy pants”

dernst2 on January 24, 2013 at 9:06 PM

Just don’t mess with any Zep or Floyd tunes eh?

Scrumpy on January 24, 2013 at 9:07 PM

Were they lip syncing?

Electrongod on January 24, 2013 at 9:07 PM

It’s 10 ‘o’ clock somewhere!

Scrumpy on January 24, 2013 at 9:08 PM

Sorry AP. Have a natural hate-on for any remix, re-do, sample. I listened briefly and see where it is a more “uplifting” sound, but that may not be the intent of REM’s original.

Interesting, though.

kim roy on January 24, 2013 at 9:08 PM

I liked it right away, I’m going get my son to listen.

Cindy Munford on January 24, 2013 at 9:08 PM

Smells Like Teen Spirit is just More Than A Feeling.

John the Libertarian on January 24, 2013 at 9:10 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=if-UzXIQ5vw

Now compare…

Scrumpy on January 24, 2013 at 9:11 PM

Hard to be emo angsty in major chords.

John the Libertarian on January 24, 2013 at 9:11 PM

Interesting. Sound quality isn’t great, but I think I like it better.
Any music geeks care to explain what functional difference between minor and major key is to someone barely literate in music?

Count to 10 on January 24, 2013 at 9:12 PM

It’s the new “Solsbury Hill.” In 2 years this version will show up in some awful rom-com where the heroine overcomes adversity and redefines her persona.

Jack M. on January 24, 2013 at 9:14 PM

I don’t much like it. I don’t hate it, but the original is better.

sharrukin on January 24, 2013 at 9:15 PM

You can have this Ice Pick back… You left it in my ear. Where would you like me to put it? Nevermind, I’ll find an appropriate place.

Kaptain Amerika on January 24, 2013 at 9:16 PM

It’s easier to listen to than the original. Softer on the ears.

gophergirl on January 24, 2013 at 9:20 PM

Listened twice. Second time sounded better to me.

KCB on January 24, 2013 at 9:21 PM

I liked it right away, I’m going get my son to listen.

Cindy Munford on January 24, 2013 at 9:08 PM

Allah loves you too missy. :)

I don’t much like it. I don’t hate it, but the original is better.

sharrukin on January 24, 2013 at 9:15 PM

agree, not bad just doesn’t work like the original.

arnold ziffel on January 24, 2013 at 9:22 PM

Does it matter? Inevitably, someone will come on here and proclaim “Hated it, but I never liked REM to begin with. Blah blah grumpy pants grumpy pants”

dernst2 on January 24, 2013 at 9:06 PM

I never liked REM to begin with, but probably because of that I liked the remix much better than the original.

Metallica’s ‘Nothing Else Matters’ at the link sounded like a hippy folk song, though…I didn’t like that one.

James on January 24, 2013 at 9:23 PM

Scrumpy on January 24, 2013 at 9:07 PM

Bishop on January 24, 2013 at 9:06 PM

Get out of my head, both of you!…LMAO

My $0.02? Not bad, or great. At first blush, it sounds like a really great live cover of the song.

Do i prefer it over the original? Hmmmm, I could take it or leave, honestly.

BTW, I am NOT a fanboy of R.E.M, probably couldn’t think of more than 6 songs in their entire collection i would like OR own on my MP3 player. ..and even 6 is stretching it.

BlaxPac on January 24, 2013 at 9:23 PM

Scrumpy on January 24, 2013 at 9:11 PM

You are correct. The original is better. Oh, and hello Darlin’!

KCB on January 24, 2013 at 9:25 PM

I really dug the novelty of it, at first. There are only a handful of REM songs I listen to, and this isn’t one of them, so I didn’t have so much ear-memory to undo. However, after about halfway through, I just thought it started sounding a bit bland and “the same”.

It was almost like a poorly conceived comeback attempt where REM released some album no one cared about, except for that one song that sounded like that other song they did. You know. Back when they were still making songs that didn’t sound like their other songs.

Now, I WOULD like to see/hear someone do this to BOC’s Vengeance (The Pact). Lot’s of minor-y stuff there.

Aggie91 on January 24, 2013 at 9:26 PM

no, No, and NO!, and BTW

REM wish they were the Tindersticks

Have a listen, masters of the minor key:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFfOgtTEji4

can_con on January 24, 2013 at 9:29 PM

I’m an REM fan and I liked this. It’s nice to hear something familiar yet different. I want to hear some saccharin sweet pop songs messed with like this, just see if they might have some unseen depth.

Fallon on January 24, 2013 at 9:29 PM

Michael Stipe is still a pretentious douche, but now he’s a pretentious douche that fills me with sunny optimism. Actually, they do the opposite in the cemetery scene in The Sound of Music when the von Trapps are hiding from the Nazis. The song is ‘My Favorite Things’, but it’s in a minor scale. Very ominous.

3flynns.com on January 24, 2013 at 9:30 PM

BlaxPac on January 24, 2013 at 9:23 PM
Me either!! Lol…
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Hiya Ken hon!! Not yet, working on it, got meds!! :-)

Scrumpy on January 24, 2013 at 9:31 PM

For the first few seconds it sounded like the guy in the chair was firing off a bong…

hungrymongo on January 24, 2013 at 9:32 PM

Hell no. Only an Obama loving progressive hipster, who hates the second amendment yet wants Women in combat would like that. Now get off my weeds (my lawnmower broke down).

Love the original though.

weathermen on January 24, 2013 at 9:32 PM

I want to hear some saccharin sweet pop songs messed with like this, just see if they might have some unseen depth.

Fallon on January 24, 2013 at 9:29 PM

Actually, in high school band we used to play normally major-key pop songs in minor key for fun. Chicago’s ‘You’re the Inspiration’ sounded particularly meloncholy in minor key.

James on January 24, 2013 at 9:33 PM

I can’t wait to play it backwards.

TXUS on January 24, 2013 at 9:33 PM

I think the only REM songs I care for are Stand and It’s the end of the world…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKKqLl_ZEEY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0GFRcFm-aY

There could be more that I’m just not thinking of at the moment. I don’t think I’ve ever actually bought any of their music.

Count to 10 on January 24, 2013 at 9:35 PM

Actually, in high school band we used to play normally major-key pop songs in minor key for fun. Chicago’s ‘You’re the Inspiration’ sounded particularly meloncholy in minor key.

James on January 24, 2013 at 9:33 PM

For those of us who no nothing of scales or keys or majors or minors, what happens, in lay terms, when you do this to a song? Thanks.

TXUS on January 24, 2013 at 9:36 PM

Yeah, I’m with Allah here. The original was plodding and depressing. This version contains the same sentiment but, instead of melancholia, it feels “profound.”

EarthToZoey on January 24, 2013 at 9:37 PM

Actually, in high school band we used to play normally major-key pop songs in minor key for fun. Chicago’s ‘You’re the Inspiration’ sounded particularly meloncholy in minor key.

James on January 24, 2013 at 9:33 PM

Former band geeks unite. We did this also. We also found it amusing to drop lyrics into other songs, such as singing ‘Amazing Grace’ to the tune of Gilligan’s Island. It works.

hungrymongo on January 24, 2013 at 9:37 PM

Have a listen, masters of the minor key:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFfOgtTEji4

can_con on January 24, 2013 at 9:29 PM

Very good. HA makes my music library grow.

arnold ziffel on January 24, 2013 at 9:38 PM

I never much liked “Losing My Religion” but I like ["Recovering My Religion"]. A lot.

Sounds like one of those dog whistles to me. It’s never too late to come back, AP! :)

sadarj on January 24, 2013 at 9:41 PM

For those of us who no nothing of scales or keys or majors or minors, what happens, in lay terms, when you do this to a song? Thanks.

TXUS on January 24, 2013 at 9:36 PM

lol. You get a song that didn’t get improved and 100 comments on HA.

arnold ziffel on January 24, 2013 at 9:41 PM

arnold ziffel on January 24, 2013 at 9:41 PM

Ha! True.

KCB on January 24, 2013 at 9:45 PM

arnold ziffel on January 24, 2013 at 9:38 PM

Glad you liked it. If you care to hear a great Canadian Singer (sadly passed away recently), take listen to this:

Lhasa De Sela

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHttnLXRP0g

She dueted with Tindersticks on a few occasions.

can_con on January 24, 2013 at 9:45 PM

For those of us who no nothing of scales or keys or majors or minors, what happens, in lay terms, when you do this to a song? Thanks.

TXUS on January 24, 2013 at 9:36 PM

Minor chords have a flatted third. It gives a sadness to the melody. A lot of great music stresses minor keys and then resolves at the end on a major key which gives a feeling of triumph and relief.

John the Libertarian on January 24, 2013 at 9:47 PM

For those of us who no nothing of scales or keys or majors or minors, what happens, in lay terms, when you do this to a song? Thanks.

TXUS on January 24, 2013 at 9:36 PM

It’s really hard to explain without scales and keys, but songs in minor keys have an either sad or menacing (or in REM terms, petulant) quality to them, while songs in major keys are generally bright or happy.

James on January 24, 2013 at 9:48 PM

Riders on the Storm done the same way here:

http://vimeo.com/24939393#at=0

factsonlypls on January 24, 2013 at 9:49 PM

Sounds a little bit Country and a little bit Rock N Roll.

bagoh20 on January 24, 2013 at 9:50 PM

She dueted with Tindersticks on a few occasions.

can_con on January 24, 2013 at 9:45 PM

Thanks. Liked it as well.

arnold ziffel on January 24, 2013 at 9:50 PM

(or in REM terms, petulant) quality to them, while songs in major keys are generally bright or happy.

James on January 24, 2013 at 9:48 PM

Or in Depeche Mode terms, practically suicidal…

hungrymongo on January 24, 2013 at 9:50 PM

i actually liked the original song but do not think that much of this- it’s gutted, flat sounding and shows up what a not exceptional singer stipe is. trudging under molasses and not just subsumed by their signature twee pretentiousness. i recall when ‘losing my religion’ came out, stipe declared they were done with being a traditional band and were going to concentrate on videos…whatever. maybe he was being sarcastic… found it hard to care.

i did raced out to buy that first ep-’chronic town’ at the time and saw them open for … i want to say the english beat. after that REM had a habit of making the same song over and over again.

(oh, my-just looked it up- 1983 and it was the english beat…yikes…i do recall dancing like mad through the show …)

mittens on January 24, 2013 at 9:51 PM

It’s really hard to explain without scales and keys, but songs in minor keys have an either sad or menacing (or in REM terms, petulant) quality to them, while songs in major keys are generally bright or happy.

James on January 24, 2013 at 9:48 PM

Thanks for the try. Now right below your post was Riders on the Storm done in major but I couldn’t tell much difference. Maybe that is why I only got a C in music appreciation—-as well as trying to stay awake in college mornings after working until 3am.

arnold ziffel on January 24, 2013 at 9:54 PM

It sounds nice, but doesn’t really fit the lyrics anymore. Losing My Religion is such a classic mopey song, this makes it sound like something by the Polyphonic Spree that plays over a movie trailer about a father and his son who re-connect over the biggest tether-ball tournament on the planet or something equally sappy.

Good Solid B-Plus on January 24, 2013 at 9:56 PM

What’s the frequency, Kenneth?

John the Libertarian on January 24, 2013 at 9:56 PM

mittens on January 24, 2013 at 9:51 PM

The English Beat. You are taking me back in time. Saw them with the Bangles opening for them.

And of course The English Beat morphed into Fine Young Cannibals giving us the classic “Suspicious Minds”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DRyAD9dMQ64

can_con on January 24, 2013 at 9:58 PM

James on January 24, 2013 at 9:48 PM

John the Libertarian on January 24, 2013 at 9:47 PM

I think I get it. A song in minor is like an ex-wife right before you made her one and a song in major is like she was in the early years. Interesting. Thanks.

TXUS on January 24, 2013 at 9:58 PM

It’s the new “Solsbury Hill.” In 2 years this version will show up in some awful rom-com where the heroine overcomes adversity and redefines her persona.

Jack M. on January 24, 2013 at 9:14 PM

You mean, like this?

LoganSix on January 24, 2013 at 10:02 PM

Michael Stipe is still a pretentious douche, but now he’s a pretentious douche that fills me with sunny optimism. Actually, they do the opposite in the cemetery scene in The Sound of Music when the von Trapps are hiding from the Nazis. The song is ‘My Favorite Things’, but it’s in a minor scale. Very ominous.

3flynns.com on January 24, 2013 at 9:30 PM

I like when that happens and vice versa: in “A Boy Named Charlie Brown”, when Linus is without his blanket, the famous Linus and Lucy theme is turned minor to show Linus’s disorientation. Things like that.

thebrokenrattle on January 24, 2013 at 10:03 PM

I can neither hear it or see it. What key is it in again?

Bmore on January 24, 2013 at 10:10 PM

I can neither hear it or see it. What key is it in again?

Bmore on January 24, 2013 at 10:10 PM

That might be the skeleton key :)

uncommon sense on January 24, 2013 at 10:18 PM

Don’t like the song, the piece, and the use of garbage language like “meh”. Appreciated Allah didn’t use that infantile inane “lol” crap, though.

Sherman1864 on January 24, 2013 at 10:19 PM

Lol! Hellfire, I think I have gone blind and deaf all at once! Crap!

Bmore on January 24, 2013 at 10:20 PM

You mean, like this?

LoganSix on January 24, 2013 at 10:02 PM

OMG…Effin Genius!

Hit all the major points…even got the “Movie Guy Voice” down cold. Too bad Hollywood would never give the guy a job.

BlaxPac on January 24, 2013 at 10:20 PM

REM still blows, I would rather perform a self-appendectomy than listen to that mournful garbage. They’re basically a more upbeat Morrisey (the singer not the blogger).

Bishop on January 24, 2013 at 10:21 PM

Sherman1864 on January 24, 2013 at 10:19 PM

Lol!

Bmore on January 24, 2013 at 10:21 PM

That’s been one of my favorite songs for YEARS! But I have to say I LOVE THIS VERSION! It did not sound “flat” to me at all—and it hooked me from the very beginning! Wow–it was awesome!

DixT on January 24, 2013 at 10:21 PM

The English Beat. You are taking me back in time.-can_con

‘i just can’t stop it’ is about my favorite dance to every song on it record of the early 80s- they tended to do great covers even then( “tears of a clown”, for instance).

twist and crawl
http://youtu.be/Bch9DuV0Y8o

mirror in the bathroom (the NPD anthem for king barry to sing- they should have played it at his coronation/inauguration)
http://youtu.be/-cbUW2EY4KE

mittens on January 24, 2013 at 10:22 PM

Lol! Hellfire, I think I have gone blind and deaf all at once! Crap!

Bmore on January 24, 2013 at 10:20 PM

So now that you have become Tommy, and at your ripe old age, are you going to be around for QOTD? :)

uncommon sense on January 24, 2013 at 10:23 PM

mirror in the bathroom (the NPD anthem for king barry to sing- they should have played it at his coronation/inauguration)
http://youtu.be/-cbUW2EY4KE

mittens on January 24, 2013 at 10:22 PM

But even the beat wouldn’t have lip sync’d it… so there is that :)

uncommon sense on January 24, 2013 at 10:25 PM

How about that. It sucks in major AND minor.

fitzfong on January 24, 2013 at 10:31 PM

And what if you don’t think there is much difference? Meh

Socmodfiscon on January 24, 2013 at 10:33 PM

mittens on January 24, 2013 at 10:22 PM

Mirror in the Bathroom…man now I feel OLD!

OK, I will leave you will one good last one hear, that you may have never heard. Takes a song in Minor key to new heights.

My Bloody Valentine “Swallow”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NxoI9bIdi7A

Warning: Song known to cause epileptic fits and nausea

can_con on January 24, 2013 at 10:34 PM

What difference does it make??

Midas on January 24, 2013 at 10:35 PM

It’s better in a minor key. Goes with the theme.

Cleombrotus on January 24, 2013 at 10:43 PM

Okay, for what it’s worth, this is from someone who could honestly say I’ve never heard this REM song before. I just don’t listen to music much, but when I do it’s nothing near this style and to tell the truth at first I was thinking there’s something missing here ’cause I don’t even recognize the name of the band.

Anyway, I listened to this new one first and thought it was pretty good. I then listened to it two more times. Then I dug out the original REM version from Youtube and listened to that.

I like the original REM version better.

Dusty on January 24, 2013 at 10:46 PM

mental templates are stubborn things

BWAHAHAHAHAH…….. Former professional musician here… Ex-Rock Star… B.F.A in Music… this is a typical exercise given music majors in their third year.

SWalker on January 24, 2013 at 10:53 PM

Fallon on January 24, 2013 at 9:29 PM

Actually, in high school band we used to play normally major-key pop songs in minor key for fun. Chicago’s ‘You’re the Inspiration’ sounded particularly meloncholy in minor key.

James on January 24, 2013 at 9:33 PM

Meh… amateurs… It counts as NOTHING until you have transposed into Dorian or Locrian mode…

SWalker on January 24, 2013 at 10:59 PM

Hmm. Would have been better with female vocals.

aryeung on January 24, 2013 at 11:07 PM

…can he sing DAISY?

KOOLAID2 on January 24, 2013 at 11:20 PM

I would probably help if I’d heard the original song. :oP

I haven’t listened to pop music on the radio since about 1982 (I only wish I could say “since 1977″).

RegularJoe on January 24, 2013 at 11:43 PM

Any music geeks care to explain what functional difference between minor and major key is to someone barely literate in music?

Count to 10 on January 24, 2013 at 9:12 PM

Generally speaking, minor keys sound sadder, and major keys sound happier.

Other than being annoyed by the obvious autotune, I think I prefer the original as it was intended to be something other than happy.

stvnscott on January 24, 2013 at 11:57 PM

What difference does it make??

Midas on January 24, 2013 at 10:35 PM

Very good point. Honey Boo Boo had her first cigarette tonight.

arnold ziffel on January 24, 2013 at 11:57 PM

sorry. maybe my mental template was getting in the way but i thought i was hearing the same song. It sounded a bit different, but i’m not that musically inclined….or i’m just dumb.

ted c on January 25, 2013 at 12:02 AM

quick question Allah….would this lil’ trick have helped Russell Brand’s “I Am the Walrus?”……..

yah…me neither./

ted c on January 25, 2013 at 12:05 AM

Considering this was the only REM song I ever liked , it’s a hard sell. Maybe they need to try with something that sucked worse (like pretty much any other REM song…).

Blacklake on January 25, 2013 at 12:28 AM

That was interesting. I’ve always thought minor keys sound catchier than major keys, so I’ll bet it would work much better in reverse with some other songs.

Michael Stipe always said that “losing my religion” is a Southern phrase meaning “losing my temper.” The video belies that though.

JS on January 25, 2013 at 12:29 AM

If you look up their “Riders on the Storm” major-scale it’s a much more interesting study. Not only does it work better as a song, it’s downright mellow-cheery…

Blacklake on January 25, 2013 at 12:32 AM

Ah yes, the irresistible bubblegum sound of the major chord structure. I was never a real fan of the song, just neutral on it, didn’t dislike it. One thing I noticed that seemed to stick out more in this version is the repetitive chording and monotone lifeless melody that the grunge movement of the early 90s gave us. While that is unfortunately still influencing song writing to this day, there seems to be some fresh sounds indicating it is fading. Witness the chorus in “Your Surrender” by Neon Trees.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JcEuRT7rrP4

That could have flowed out of a Pop-Shop jukebox in the late 50s/early 60s.

starman on January 25, 2013 at 12:41 AM

Any music geeks care to explain what functional difference between minor and major key is to someone barely literate in music?
Count to 10 on January 24, 2013 at 9:12 PM

Natural minor scale:
whole, half, whole, whole, half, whole, whole
Major scale:
“Whole:Whole:Half:Whole:Whole:Whole:Half”

There are many minor scales but the natural is the basic one. The post above stating that you lower the third note by one half-step is true for building a chord but doesn’t describe the entire scale.

TexasDan on January 25, 2013 at 12:43 AM

You can hear the major-key version of Nothing Else Matters by Metallica here.

JS on January 25, 2013 at 12:50 AM

God save me, I think I actually prefer this one. (They better not try this heresy with “One” or “Blackened,” though…)

http://vimeo.com/24938649

Blacklake on January 25, 2013 at 12:52 AM

I love minor key music.

Toccata and Fugue for example, is my favorite classical piece.
Beethoven’s fifth and ninth, both minor
Night on Bald Mountain. D minor.

(Apocalypse Now) Flight of the Valkyries? B minor.

Christmas Carols/Hymns

God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman (brings tears to my eyes the first time I hear it every holiday season)
Hark! the Herald Angel Sings
Silent Night

Modern music:
Original Black Sabbath:
Iron Man
War Pigs
Paraniod

Danny Elfman’s original Batman score is mostly C Minor

Siouxsie and the Banshees
Cities in Dust
Wheels on Fire (a Bob Dylan cover)
(Bring me the Head of) The Preacher Man
etc.

So this sounds vastly improved in my opinion. Minor music sounds more complex, carries deeper emotion emotions and leaves me feeling electrified.

Snowblind on January 25, 2013 at 1:10 AM

If only they had “tweaked” Michael Stipe’s voice out of the song, then they might (?) have had something worthwhile. Stipe’s voice is just as grating today as it was a million years ago.

Pork-Chop on January 25, 2013 at 1:22 AM

I think I heard something like this down at karaoke at the bar last weekend.

cptacek on January 25, 2013 at 1:57 AM

I like this better. Sounds a bit like Psychedelic Furs.

OxyCon on January 25, 2013 at 2:13 AM

I liked it. It did sound uplifting, more joyous. As opposed to the the original which after all is about a man losing his faith. Nice that they kept the original video to.

wolfva on January 25, 2013 at 4:02 AM

Riders on the Storm done the same way here:

http://vimeo.com/24939393#at=0

factsonlypls on January 24, 2013 at 9:49 PM

That’s the first one of these I’d heard. Kinda turns the Doors into Spyro Gyra or something like that.

Mr. D on January 25, 2013 at 6:13 AM

Since REM was an un-original band that wrote and performed weird, non-sensical songs … and made even “queerer” videos …

This is a vast improvement over the original!!

HondaV65 on January 25, 2013 at 7:17 AM

Screw you Michael Stipe. So glad that I found my religon and lost my appreciation for your leftist propaganda. I sold my guitars and bought guns with the cash. I want to see the entertainment industrial complex implode upon itself, starting with pop music.

Buck Turgidson on January 25, 2013 at 7:30 AM

We used to do things like this in a band I used to be in. It’s fun to try it with Beatles songs (the F-minor Hey Jude = lolz).

For a tune like this, in which the minor key gave it a hue of melancholy that characterizes it, I feel like the song becomes pointless in a major key.

But whatevs. If you really want to impress/piss people off, start tampering with classical music (make Beethoven’s 5th in C major, for example).

Good Lt on January 25, 2013 at 7:52 AM

Hey you gotta love getting four videos in one!

There’s the Soviet-like theme.

There’s some sort of mythological theme.

There’s a Renaissance theme.

And to top it all off you have Forrest Gump dancing.

Happy Nomad on January 25, 2013 at 8:11 AM

Yeah, no.

There’s a reason for minor chords. And there’s a reason why you don’t mess around with originals, regardless of whether some feel it’s a classic or not.

Imagine Elvis Presley’s “Suspicious Minds” in a minor chord. That would make the song downright stalkerish and creepy, and you imagine the writer’s probably gonna kill his girlfriend at the end.

Or Heart’s “Never” (the chorus is minor, the verses are major). Reverse them and it almost sounds like the celebration of a breakup.

falcon on January 25, 2013 at 8:50 AM

I like it. I’ve never been a fan of REM (not a hater, just not a fan) or any of the whiny, emo stuff in general. I think it was pretty clever to switch it to a major key. I’ve been playing guitar for almost forty years and the thought never crossed my mind. I’ve transposed keys to get to my vocal range but never considered changing from minor to major or vice versa. It only took a second to adjust to it and I found I like the way the lines end in the upward feel of the major scale than the way the downer minor scale resolves. Mind you, I do like minor key songs and most are songs that I would never, ever like switched to major but this one works for me.

Big John on January 25, 2013 at 8:54 AM

No.

Robin888 on January 25, 2013 at 8:56 AM

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