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Jupiter Melody

I often think about this melody from Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity. Drag over the black stemmed noteheads below. This is the G Suspended Seventh chord in melodic form. It goes up in fourths because that’s what Suspended 7th chords do. It’s what I do too. Jupiter, the Jolly One is part of a seven-planet […]

Final Fantasy Fourths

The “Opening Theme” from Final Fantasy III (USA) is a series of ascending 4ths, a quartal harmonic structure, that eventually kicks in with a loud F Half-Diminshed Seventh chord, followed by an F Minor Diminished Seventh chord. Click on either measure to play/stop from that point. On guitar: 000011. Final Fantasy III is widely known […]

Elec Man, Faithfully

In our last post, we explored the melody of Mega Man’s cooler older brother Proto Man. Today, we’ll look at one of the original Robot Masters: Elec Man. Elec Man was designed to oversee atomic energy power plants. Like Godzilla, he is a Japanese metaphor for The Bomb. Like other ego-magnetic electro-maniacs, he wears a […]

Proto Man Melody

Proto Man is the cowboy-samurai with a whistle of pure gold. A robo-desperado with the byte motif. He’s also Mega Man’s cooler older brother as is evident by his supercool scarf, sunglasses and shield. First appearing in Mega Man 3, Proto Man has been the long-time crush of gamer girls and gaymers. He can jump […]

Zelda’s Lullaby

Link from Legend of Zelda is the original warp whistler. He plays the ocarina in Light World and in Dark. Even his shadow plays the ocarina. It’s a fairy ocarina, and Link carries it with him, somewhere on his person, along with bombs, jugs, and silver arrows. “Zelda’s Lullaby” is a song passed down among […]

Chromatic Melodies

I like chromatic melodies, especially when they descend in tuplets. It can be mystical like a mystic cave, mundane as playground song, or silly and sad like a Catholic carnival. Let’s take a look at Willow Smith’s “Whip My Hair”. This song features a highly-sexualized celebrity daughter whipping shots of paint into the faces of […]

Do The Wart

There is an unnamed melody which everyone knows in their heart of hearts, heard in the mind’s ear, appearing in variations from Pop and Classical to Nintendo. Let’s call this melody the “Wart Melody” after the villainous frog: King Wart. In 1988′s Super Mario Bros. 2, the agile Luigi takes on final boss Wart while […]