No real reason why, but here’s something trippy to dwell on. I was oblivious to the fact that it was Thriller’s 28th Anniversary on the day I started listening again. Collective conscious anyone??? That’s something for another blog entirely.
So I’m listening and looking for patterns, song-writing devices, and other things that make up the MJ sound and helped him to reach insane super star status.
Two things that stand out for me so far:
1. The consistent use of short/staccato notes.
There’s something about short notes that make you want to bounce. Think “Wanna be Startin Somethin'” or “Smooth Criminal”.
2. The Key Change
There’s something about a key change that can take a song to another level or climax. MJ used this well when you think about songs like “Man in the Mirror” and “Will You Be There”.
You might not care about MJ at all but there are reasons why his songs are loved by millions. Dissection can lead to understanding.[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ck1nWeOwtDQ&NR=1]