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Man in the Mirror by Michael Jackson

"[…] an anthem that would spread some sunshine on the world." – Quincy Jones (producer of Man in the Mirror) This amazing song was the fourth of five US #1 hits from Michael Jackson's Bad. It was written by Glen Ballard and Siedah Garrett and demonstrates some nice...

Back to the Future — Analyzing a fantastic movie soundtrack (Part 1)

You simply have to love this soundtrack from the 80s classic movie Back to the Future! Even if you’re not a child of the 80s, this soundtrack by Alan Silvestri stands out from the rest. In a series of articles I want to analyze parts of the theme music and deduct valuable lessons that you can use in your own songwriting. Let’s start with theme 1 and the opening fanfare in this article…

The first theme is rather short (from 0:00 to 0:28 in the YouTube video above). In this article I will talk about three interesting features:

The fanfare
The „rock move“
The half cadence

Blank Space by Taylor Swift

Today I will analyze the song „Blank Space“ by Tylor Swift in terms of music theory and its harmonic content. The idea is to bring the dry topic of music theory to the real world and help you understand why songs like „Blank Space“ work and sound like they do. So...

Hotline Bling by Drake

“Hotline Bling“ by Drake in terms of music theory and its harmonic content. The idea is to bring the dry topic of music theory to the real world and help you understand why songs like Hotline Bling work and sound like they do. If you’re lazy, watch my video on...