Lately, my writing has taken a backseat to music notation. Jeremy is creating complete scores of three of his songs for college and scholarship applications. I help decipher Jeremy’s fiendishly difficult rhythms and occasionally enter lyrics in the music notation program.
To check for mistakes, we can use the notation program's playback function. The guitar track has a typical electronic tone, but the vocal line
sounds like a heavenly choir of tenors, an interesting effect in heavy metal
music. The virtual tenors sing all notes, “Aaaaah” as if they’re going to segue
to “alleluia” or “amen”, but so far they haven’t.
The title of this post was taken from a 1921 Ladies’ Home Journal
article in which Anne Shaw Faulkner suggested, “the
demoralizing influence of the persistent use of syncopation, combined with
inharmonic partial tones” was responsible for the corruption of America’s
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