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Was there ever a more satisfying resolution?

Discussion in 'Personal' started by grumpydogwoman, Oct 26, 2018.

  1. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    In popular music?
    Than this?
    You know. At the end.
    Where we finally, finally, finally return to the tonic!

    I can't think of one that's better than this. In terms of keeping you waiting and waiting so very long. Almost to the point of getting angry! And then finding resolution. Phew.

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  2. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    Have you been at those dodgy mushrooms again ?
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  3. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    Nice song... I like it.

    My mum use to play it in the car on the drive to school.

    It's only when I got older I registered the line about ''whores on seventh avenue" and seeking comfort there.
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  4. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

    It is good, but resolution to the tonic is only a small part of what makes a piece of music satisfying. The way in which modulations are used in the piece matters too.

    Personally I love the compositions of Tony Banks, the absolute master of modulation. Listen to the way in which the second verse modulates into the middle eight in this number of his (sung by Nik Kershaw.)

    Last edited: Oct 26, 2018
  5. dumpty

    dumpty Star commenter

    There can be no doubt Simon and Garfunkel's music is beautiful and Simon was an incredible writer - but I just find the pitch and overall sound of their music saddens, to the point of depression.

    I get the same feeling (much worse) whenever I hear the Carpenters.
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  6. Motherofchikkins

    Motherofchikkins Star commenter

    Not a song, but tension and release and a bit more.... absolutely brilliant :)

  7. peter12171

    peter12171 Star commenter

    And much less frustrating than the Beethoven style of resolution, perfectly parodied by Dudley Moore:

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  8. lindenlea

    lindenlea Star commenter

    The subject of Desert Island Discs chose S and G's "America" this am - another gorgeous song from the past. He said he was so excited when he first travelled to the US and travelled on the New Jersey turnpike.
    I never went clubbing but Basement Jaxx has a track called Rendez Vous that has a guitar bit in the middle that builds tension and then is resolved fabulously as everyone flings themselves around the dance floor - er - the kitchen. Creators of dance music know all there is to know about building tension and then letting it go.

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