Friday, February 04, 2005

Part of Your World- Jessica Simpson

Alright, in case you fans of The Little Mermaid were wondering how much better "Part of Your World" could possibly get, your search is surely over with Jessica Simpson's rendition of this classic Alan Menken song.
The beginning of the song begins with synthesizer and piano ending in an authentic cadence. The ending of the first phrase is marked by a half cadence, which then immediately goes into a brief section of varying material, the lyrics at this point leading into the developement or B section are "I've got gadgets and gizmos of plenty..." the phrase ends with a perfect authentic cadence then continues to the first A theme once again, "I want to be where the people are, I wanna see wanna see them dancin...". New B material returns again with "Up where they walk up where they run, up where they stay all day in the sun", I really love the the diminished 7 chord leading towards the end of this progression it gives this pull towards the lyrics "stay all day in the sun" making it fit the lyrics really well. The C section comes in with the lyrics "what would I give, if I could live out of these waters, what would I pay to spend a day warm on the sand..." this is completely new material, but then shortly returns to the previous ternary pattern, used at the beginning of the song, the exact ABA form.
Its hard to really pinpoint whether or not this is a Rondo, or just a simple ternary form. Since its pretty much pop music, I'd normally go with just ternary. However, the C section changes the mood of the piece, though only for a few seconds, it is significant and creates a more tranquil downtime before the real return of the A theme pushing towards the end of the song.

2 comments:

Scott Spiegelberg said...

We'll talk about typical pop forms in Form and Analysis in a few weeks. Do you think Jessica's performance is better than the original?

Ihearthautbois said...

Thats a tough one indeed, I'd have to say that in context with the movie and the other songs, the original is definately better. However, I have both versions on my computer and listened to them back to back, and they are pretty much both awesome.