The more perspicacious (is that even a word, and if so, doesn’t it just mean “sweaty”?) will have noticed that TOG has left the land of surprisingly poor internet access (China) and has finally, thanks to Japanese technical ingenuity, had the chance to upload my latest TTOTDOWOHOHCBATCI - “Warmth of the Sun” by the Beach Boys.
Why this particular tune? Because a) it’s an early sign of Brian Wilson’s songwriting genius and b) it’s a good illustration of the Beach Boys’ mighty gift of harmony. If you understand harmony, you understand music. EVERYONE understands rhythm and melody at some level, because rhythm surrounds us in everyday life and everyone can hum a basic tune; but if you can get your head round chords - starting with the simplest tonic-mediant-dominant (notes 1,3 and 5 in the scale) - and their endless variations and applications within a tune, you can consider yourself “proper” musical. (Oh, and c) because every single song I’ve uploaded up to this point, apart from the ill-fated Van Morrison one, seems to have been taken from a 45-day period in 1983 and my musical taste is looking shockingly narrow as a result.)
I have a theory, which I hope to be able to test out one day; if you expose children at an early age to lots of harmony-heavy music (like this song, any good barbershop, or something more modern like the Puppini Sisters), you’ll end up with an individual who can’t help but instinctively understand chord formation. OK, that may not mean that they’ll automatically win The X Factor in later life (which, as I understand it, is judged solely on whether a contestant can make their voice do a ridiculous Mariah Carey-esque vibrato on EVERY SINGLE NOTE), but at least it’s some kind of parental gift with meaning.
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