Creativity, Science & The 4 Functions of Myth

Happy Valentine's Day! (#45653)

A young man stands naked amongst his peers, facing a raging bonfire. Days of starvation, sleep deprivation, dancing and song have significantly altered his reality. The beating of drums, the heart beat of the strange world he has been inhabiting, is reaching a crescendo… And what comes next? In a word: pain. The boy is … [Read More]

The 4 Chords That Make A Hit Song

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At the 2009 Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Axis Of Awesome illustrated hilariously how a particular four-chord chord progression is the basis for numerous hit songs from the last forty years. The progression is I V vi IV. In the key of E major (the key in which their examples are given), using the E major … [Read More]

Rock ‘n’ Roll Theatre – The case of Ziggy Stardust

Sukita Bowie: Speed of Life

When David Bowie appeared on the UK’s Top of the Pops singing ‘Starman’ as Ziggy Stardust on July 5th 1972 a strange androgynous alien visitation was beamed to 15 million viewers across the nation. He was shocking, bizarre, beautiful and talented and within days Bowie mania swept the country. Too many it seemed that he … [Read More]

The Economy Of Song

The Kinks

One of the fundamental laws of good writing is ‘omit needless words’. The same law, I am beginning to find, applies to structuring a song, only with songs the law is perhaps better expressed as ‘omit needles bits’. Don’t get me wrong good songs come in all varieties. There are many great songs that just … [Read More]

Every Good Songwriter Reads Poetry

John Keats, Portrait by William Hilton, after Joseph Severn (National Portrait Gallery, London).

And we are here as on a darkling plain Swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight Where ignorant armies clash by night                                    Mathew Arnold, ‘Dover Beach’ Poets don’t get a good rap. The idea of going to … [Read More]