A good melody needs three pairs of properties. The first is cohesion and concealment. Without one, it falls apart. Without the other, it loses mystery.
Melodies are not just notes strung together. They are wholes that grow from a single note. But a single note contains a world of tones.
To objectify someone is to reduce a person to a body. But that implies people are more than their bodies. What more? Listen to the episode and explore background material.
A good rhythm gets you moving. So, to understand rhythm, you need to understand dance. Today we explore the origins of dance in walking and talking.
Every note has a world of tone inside it. (It’s something called the harmonic series.) And melodies explore that world.
Rhythm is a debate about time. You start with a pulse, then stretch it, shift it, or add emphasis. The clearest example of this is the good old rock beat.
What are relationships? Why does money (stop) work(ing)? Listen to Episode 20, and explore a wealth of supporting material.
Songs are an exploration of the tonal and rhythmic aspects of talking. So, a song is a way of talking, taken to the next level.
Is contemporary Christian music just as good as mainstream pop? What about production problems? And what makes a song good, anyway?
People think CCM is bad because they don’t like feeling obligated to be fake. But doesn’t the same criticism apply to every love song you hear on the radio?
Songs are an invitation to sing along, and there are some parts we’d rather not play. That’s why people think CCM is “just so bad.”