Do you remember theory?

 

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For this post, I decided to choose a song that I discovered just before the school year started. “Do you Remember” by Jarryd James, is not only unique, but very pleasing to the ear.

This song meant a lot to me at the time. Im my words, I felt like the song was written to remind a former lover that the relationship they shared was deep and passionate. I liked the idea that two people can connect in a way that no one else can. I also catch a sense of sadness, he seems as if the situation is slipping through his fingers. Overall the song made me feel the passionate pain that he feels for the person its dedicated to, and left me thinking about my own past relationships and connections with people that I will always remember.

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The song starts pretty serious right off the bat. In the key of C#m, you first here a low bass note (c#) played with the instrumental melody. To me, this already is telling a story.  Then you hear the low bass play D# to E, along with more of the strings but starting two half steps below the original melody. This is very simple, but I couldn’t agree more as Jarryd James himself states “I like the idea of reconnecting people with simple songs, bringing them back to why they liked the music in the first place”

As Jarryd starts singing you can hear the two voice parts; a very raspy high falsetto, and a soothing lower voice. Having these two part over lap each other create a nice filled sound. He does this for most of the song and its probably one of my favorite things about it.

As the song progresses into the chorus you hear a low pounding bass drum. This is another really cool part of the song. It makes me think of a heart bounding as if someone expressing deep feelings. It is cool to hear the instruments playing the low passionate sounds as the singer sings higher heartfelt notes.

Going into the bridge, all instruments drop out besides low bass note. This creates a attention grabbing tone. I think of someone saying “okay, you need to really listen now, because I’m being serious. The way I feel is important!”

Digging up the theory behind this song I discovered that it mostly stays in 4/4 time and follows a   i    VII     III    VII    i   chord progression with the exception of the bridge, which adds a iv chord in it.

All the components of this song play a part to making an over all great sound. Although there is a lot of repetition, it makes it simple enough so you can focus on the story he’s telling and the emotion of the song. I think if more complex parts were added to the song, I wouldn’t have noticed how strong the bass is and how it plays a very important part in the song.

This post has helped me realize how much theory there is to songs we listen to every day. Theory has been around my whole life, I just didn’t know it.

 

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Do you remember theory?

Music IS everywhere!

First off, I would like to say that I am excited that I am able to blog about music this semester! This is a great way to express our love for music and glorify the Lord at the same time.

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Music is in most everything we do. Even if you don’t play musical instruments or study voice; it can be very difficult to avoid music. Thankfully, music is a great way for us to express praise to our heavenly father.

Psalm 150: 1-6 says

Let All Things Praise the Lord

1 Praise the Lord!

Praise God in His sanctuary;

Praise Him in His mighty firmament!

2 Praise Him for His mighty acts;

Praise Him according to His excellent greatness!

3 Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet;

Praise Him with the lute and harp!

4 Praise Him with the timbrel and dance;

Praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes!

5 Praise Him with loud cymbals;

Praise Him with clashing cymbals!

6 Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.

4Praise the Lord!

I enjoy this verse because it lists many ways we can praise the Lord. This verse is also used to show praise through music!

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God has done so much for us, and we love him for it, but we will never be able to love him as much as he loves us. We are not worthy to deserve his love, so praising him to show we are thankful to him, pretty much should be accustomed.

Psalm 92:1-5 is a good example of this

1 It is good to give thanks to the Lord, And to sing praises to Your name, O Most High;

2 To declare Your lovingkindness in the morning,

And Your faithfulness every night,

3 On an instrument of ten strings,

On the lute,

And on the harp,

With harmonious sound.

4 For You, Lord, have made me glad through Your work;

I will triumph in the works of Your hands.

5 O Lord, how great are Your works!

Your thoughts are very deep.

Although music is one of the best ways to express praise to God, it can be played in ways that do not glorify him.

1 Corinthians 10:31

31Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

This verse shows that EVERYTHING you do should glorify the Lord. So playing music with curse words or messages that are evil…do not glorify God. Although this is true, it is very hard to play or listen to music that follows this in today’s time. Most movies and hit music have explicit content in their lyrics, so its hard to avoid it.

James 4:7
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

This is a verse that correlates with temptation. If listening to corrupt music tempts you to do wrong, then you shouldn’t listen to it.

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 I feel as christians we should play and listen to music that is appropriate. With that being said, I feel that it is okay to listen to music that isn’t necessarily christian music.

Romans 14:22-23

“The faith that you have, keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the one who has no reason to pass judgment on himself for what he approves. But whoever has doubts is condemned if he eats, because the eating is not from faith. For whatever does not proceed from faith is sin.”

If you feel the music you listen to is wrong then it probably is.

Music is a gift from God, and I am very thankful that he has given it to us. We should use music to glorify him and praise him to give back, especially if the Lord has given you musical gift to lead others with.

Ephesians 4:11-12

11 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ,

Psalms 59:16 

“But I will sing of your strength; I will sing aloud of your steadfast love in the morning. For you have been to me a fortress and a refuge in the day of my distress.”

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Music IS everywhere!