Today I would like to spotlight Chase Holfelder and his
Major-to-Minor musical transpositions of popular and traditional songs.
I find this to be a wonderful musical experiment that in my opinion can expose the true nature of lyrics that may sometimes be couched or hidden underneath a happy melody (major key).
If you visit Chase's YouTube channel you'll find songs such as:
- Girls Just Want to Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper
- I Dreamed a Dream - from Les Misérables
- Every Breath You Take - The Police
- All I Want for Christmas is You
- The Star-Spangled Banner
- Blackbird - Beatles
- Amazing Grace, and more...
Here are a few songs that I've found particularly striking:
A Traditional/Folk Example
A Pop Music Example
A Christmas Music Example
A Disney Song Example
In listening, I have found for myself that in the case of spirituals or folk music, many of these songs, when turned minor become songs quite worthy of the "Spirit Sorrow" macro-genre of music. What is Spirit Sorrow?
Spirit Sorrow: A macrogenre of music encompassing authentic expressions of sorrow throughout a variety of sub-genres including but not limited to: folk music, spirituals, flamenco, yoiking, throat singing, folk-metal, and bossa nova.
See my other musing titled "The Mother of All Musical Genres" if you're interested in more on that topic.
Ok, that's all for now. I hope this has been a moving experience for you. Until next time!