Sunday, December 7, 2014

D# Major/Minor!

Well, after many months and posts, here I am back to finishing this long-delayed series. I never got back to it because of both procrastination as well as other ideas taking priority, both to write here as well as thoughts and actions unrelated to this blog of sorts. Thankfully, I haven't lost sight on which they all mean to me, and when I finish all the notes, I'll be putting together a list of each in brief with a characteristic name and accompanying song I know corresponds to the note/chord/key signature.

If you read what I have below about major/minor differences on the previous posts, go ahead and skip this - it's just for newcomers reading this.

A note on major/minor:
There is an obvious difference between a major and a minor. Wikipedia naturally describes a minor chord has differing "from a major chord in having a minor third above the root instead of a major third." In other words, the third key from the first on a keyboard (not in the chord or scale) would simply be moved a key to the left. In C major, the notes are C-E-G. E is three keys from C; move one key to the left and you're now on E flat or D sharp. Hence C minor. The "minor third" just means the third note in a minor scale.
Ear-wise, the difference is also obvious because minor chords sound darker and moody and tentative while major chords are bright and happy and powerful in contrast. If you've heard any sad songs, they're likely built around a minor scale progression and use minor chords. 'Not Home Today' uses mostly minor chords (E minor and B minor) and is a song about an unfortunate circumstance, with a doom-filled ending. 'Around the Bend' uses largely major chords and is a happy song about friendship and good times. Of course, not all songs operate this way - 'The Sign' by Ace of Base has bright chords yet talks about a potentially negative relationship. 'Alive' by Pearl Jam has what people have referred to as an anthemic sound, with great strong major guitar chords and progressions, yet it's about a man who discovers his father died long ago and his mother is virtually attracted to him thanks to his resemblance to his father.


Inversions

The thing about inversions - where the root note is not the lowest or first note played in the chord - is that it's all the same for every chord major or minor: It's either darker or brighter, in terms of colour as well as personality (though slightly, and it's perhaps more on the main personalities' view or opinion or feeling on something).


Major

Colour: Violet
Light: Like light coming through a violet curtain, or perhaps light shining through violet water, below, moving shades. Coming from northeast.
Spatial Direction: East.
Gender: Feminine

This could be the chord for the fame-seeking, starry-eyed actors out there. Those women who appear in fashion ads or are seen as 'most powerful' in their famous status by celebrity magazines. I'm sure those Kardashian women could be good examples of D# major chords. This major chord best represents a conceited, fame-seeking personality, feminine to me, the kind of character that craves attention and will wink at the paparazzi cameras. The most obvious example in music of D# major I can think of is the song 'Clocks' by Coldplay - yes, a relatively recent song (within the millennium for once). The piano in the song accentuates the chord further by playing it inverted so that the tonic (D# major) is played first but the other two lower down on the keyboard. Therefore the tonic is the brightest at the highest pitch in the chord rather than the lowest, making it even more starry-eyed to me. I mention above that inversions don't really change much expect for the personalities' view or opinion or feeling on something, but this may be an exception in that in Coldplay's case, they make it seem even more fame-seeking or too perfect in photographs, etc. More out there. Furthermore, the piano (and therefore the whole song) is largely violet to me just thanks to that chord.

Minor

Colour: Purple-Brown mix
Light: Muted
Spatial Direction: East, southeast
Gender: Feminine

If you watched Arrested Development, you'll know about the Lucille Bluth character. That's D# minor to me exactly. 
For those who don't know, Lucille is the matriarch of the Bluth family and is, on the show, characteristically self-centred, extremely materialistic, self-gaining, manipulative, highly critical of everyone but herself, and rather only interested in her own possessions and wealth, and highly protective of them. She is the kind of person who has self-defence mechanisms up at all times, and uses them to stir drama and animosity between people via manipulation in order to ensure she's not a target on her own. That is D# minor. A materialistic, wealthy, paranoid, manipulative older woman only in it for personal gain. I don't really know any song in that key or using that chord except for maybe the Genesis song 'Jesus He Knows Me' from 1991, which has a keyboard sound that begins - but only begins - in that chord before moving on to all the others.

Nice to finally get back into doing these again. There's only three others to write, which I'll do shortly. 

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