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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000746.txt from 2002/05

From: "Gary Smith" <>
Subj: [kl] key changes a la Manilow
Date: Wed, 29 May 2002 18:51:35 -0400

>Okay, I believe you! The reason I asked about modulations is I wanted
>to know the degree of uneasiness you experience. (I personally feel
>sick whenever a terribly cheesy pop song modulates up a tone for
>dramatic effect, but i think that's something different!)

This brings back an old memory -- my theory training was non-existent in
high school (but I did learn a lot about marching). A friend of mine in band
who knew a lot more theory than I did at the time was trying to explain key
changes to me, and she cited Barry Manilow. There was a lot of it playing on
the radio in those days, and I very quickly caught on to what she was
talking about. As opposed to a key change in Elgar, it's kind of obvious.
Especially when you do it in every single song you record.

I think to a non-musician, however, this seems pretty profound for some
reason, because the trick hasn't been explained to them.

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