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Archive of posts tagged Picardy

Black Unstemmed Noteheads

The second song off our new album is a bright up-tempo tune with a whole-tone hook. Drag over the black stemmed noteheads. “Black Unstemmed Noteheads” is a song about songs—a kind of metasong if you will, and I know you will. If this blog could write songs, it would sound like this. A kind of […]

Star-Spangled Beyoncé

Much ado has been made in the media about Beyoncé’s lip-synched performance of the Star-Spangled Banner at the 2013 POTUS Inauguration, but in today’s perfectly pitched world, lip-synching is fairly common for these high profile events, and especially so for National Special Security Events. The fan fallout today is not nearly as bad as say, […]


Spring has sung, and the birds are back. And not just the songbirds either, but naughty little fuckbirds1 too. Black-Capped-Fuckadees that go fuck-a-dee-dee-dee2. Songless Woodfuckers3 who can only drum out their love. Bluefucks and yellow-tailed whippoorfucks. Perhaps they are speaking the divine dirty ‘language of the birds’. Or just letting their harmonic throats do the […]

Cock-a-doodle Doo

Since chickens find the same faces attractive as we do, it’s possible we share other aesthetic tastes as well. Take the rooster’s crow for instance: Such pacing and portamento! Drag over the noteheads below to hear the rooster played on a rhodes. I hear it in 3/4 time, like the heartbeat. Afterall, cocks are known […]

Latest Picardies and Bug Songs

The new Weezer album “Hurley” has a picardy on it — the band’s first and only picardy. If you recall from our last post, a picardy is when music changes key from Minor to Major on the very same root note. A reverse picardy occurs when a song turns from Major to Minor. In a […]

Picardy Party

A picardy is a minor-major switcheroo. When music is sad, and suddenly turns triumphant, this is the picardy at work. And it is all thanks to one little note — the Third or Mediant. In the example above, the Mediant is the note in the middle — the Third. In C Minor the mediant E […]