Understanding All Along The Watchtower 0 (0)

From “12tone”. ( YouTube / Nebula ) What makes a great cover song? It’s a hard question to answer, so let’s take a look at the greatest cover song ever made and work back from there. All Along The Watchtower was already a good song when Bob Dylan recorded it, but it wouldn’t become truly…

Understanding That “Rat In A Cage” Song 0 (0)

From “12tone”. ( YouTube / Nebula ) There’s a lot of songs about anger out there, but few of them feel quite like Bullet With Butterfly Wings. Oh yeah, that’s the actual name of the song. You might know it as "The World Is A Vampire" or "Rat In A Cage" but the official name…

What Key Is Hallelujah In? 0 (0)

From “12tone”. ( YouTube / Nebula ) Let’s talk about the real secret chord. The first 1000 people to use this link will get 30% off an annual Skillshare Premium Membership: https://skl.sh/12tone04211 Hallelujah is one of the most important songs in folk rock history. It’s a perfect demonstration of the genre’s ability to tell a…

Understanding Dream On 0 (0)

From “12tone”. ( YouTube / Nebula ) Dream On is a startlingly mature piece of music in both theme and composition. It was one of the earliest power ballads, and to my mind, it remains one of the best. It avoids a lot of the cornier elements that plagued many of its successors and shows…

Understanding You’re So Vain 0 (0)

From “12tone”. ( YouTube / Nebula ) It’s one of rock’s greatest mysteries: Who is You’re So Vain actually about? And now, for the first time ever, I can finally, definitively, beyond a shadow of a doubt… not answer it. I’m sorry! I don’t actually know! In fact, according to Carly Simon it’s not even…

I Guess I’m Not Done With Four Chord Loops (A Response To Patricia Taxxon) 0 (0)

From “12tone”. ( YouTube / Nebula ) Ah shoot, here we go again. Soundcore Liberty Air 2 Pro True Wireless Headphones: US Link: https://soundcore.club/38nnLwm UK Link: https://soundcore.club/2MGZV6t DE Link: https://soundcore.club/2XilBrv EU Link: https://soundcore.club/397HCiq I’m obsessed with four-chord loops. It’s a problem, I know, but they’re really interesting and more people should be talking about them!…

Understanding Jolene 0 (0)

From “12tone”. ( YouTube / Nebula ) I love this song. I mean, I love all the songs I analyze, but there’s something special about Jolene. I’m not sure I’ve ever heard a piece of music quite like it. Everyone talks about the story of Jolene, the way the lyrics paint a compelling picture of…

We Need To Talk About This Chord Progression 0 (0)

From “12tone”. ( YouTube / Nebula ) So there’s this chord progression that’s been used for decades in hundreds of hit songs. It’s a four-chord loop and… No, not that one. The *other* one. The one we never talk about even though it’s quietly taken over the airwaves, establishing itself as one of the most…

Understanding Toxic 0 (0)

From “12tone”. ( YouTube / Nebula ) In The Zone, the fourth album by Britney Spears, changed the landscape of pop music forever, and perhaps no song is more emblematic of its lasting legacy than its second single, Toxic. It’s hard to overstate the extent to which Toxic was everywhere back in 2003, and as…

Understanding Iron Man 0 (0)

From “12tone”. ( YouTube / Nebula ) Black Sabbath were among the first pioneers of heavy metal, and their work has had a profound influence on generations of metal artists. Choices they made on their early albums have had ripple effects through the decades, helping shape the genre into what it is today, so in…

Understanding Psycho Killer 0 (0)

From “12tone”. ( YouTube / Nebula ) Surrealism has been on my mind a lot lately, and that got me thinking about Talking Heads. They’re one of those bands that was always doing something weird just to see if they could, and few songs capture that ethos as well as Psycho Killer. From the driving…

Understanding Uptown Funk 0 (0)

From “12tone”. ( YouTube / Nebula ) Uptown Funk was an instant classic, one of those songs that’s not just a huge hit on release, but that you know is gonna stick around. It has this timeless sense of fun to it, a carefree work of art that celebrates life, joy, and music, and 6…

Understanding Just A Girl 0 (0)

From “12tone”. ( YouTube / Nebula ) No Doubt’s seen a bit of a revival recently, so it seems like a perfect time to revisit one of the most interesting bands of the ’90s, and what better song to look at than their breakout single? Just A Girl wraps a powerful feminist message in sarcasm…

Beethoven Sucks At Music 0 (0)

From “12tone”. ( YouTube / Nebula ) There are no Great Composers. The first 1000 people who click the link will get 2 free months of Skillshare Premium: https://skl.sh/12tone0820 For centuries, we’ve been told that some composers are just special. Their work is divinely inspired, and their gift for music is unrivaled. Together, these composers…

Understanding Uptown Girl 0 (0)

From “12tone”. ( YouTube / Nebula ) There’s been a lot of words written about "simple" pop, and Billy Joel has long been a posterboy for that debate, but honestly, it takes a lot of skill to make good music that still sounds good, and Joel is a perfect example of that. While the end…

Understanding Superstition 0 (0)

From “12tone”. ( YouTube / Nebula ) Groove is one of the most underrated aspects of modern music, at least from a music theory perspective. The way a good funk groove layers lots of different rhythms with different lengths and different layers of complexity in order to form one towering, cohesive whole is amazing, and…