Sunday, April 03, 2005

"She Will Be Loved" by Maroon 5

Aparently I just crawled out from under a rock, since I had never heard this song until this past Tuesday (it's popular or something, I had no clue). Anyway in the past couple days I've really gotten into this song. As for the analysis, it's pretty straightforward. We start with a little bass solo with drums (it sounds like guitar and bass, but I could replecate it on a single bass, and guitar comes in later so i think it's only a single bass). Our chord progression for the verses is very simple, just a vi-IV progression over and over. Slowly we layer in instruments (piano, guitar) as the vocal progresses. We have a small drum build before the chorus. I like how each instrument, instead of all doing the same thing, has a different little riff on the basic progression so we have a very textured arrangement. The chorus progression is simply I-V-vi-V-I-V-vi-IV. The first time through the chorus this is all we have. We extend out the final IV chord, not resolving it, as we simply move back to the vi-IV progression of the verse. After the second verse we come to our second chorus, which goes through the progression, then returns to the I-V-vi-IV progression again, as we repeat the vocal line "and she wiiiiiill be loved" once again. On another side note, the melody for this song is rather static, as we have about 40,000 repetitions of do throughout. The only real change is on the tag line, which is do-do-so-------mi-mi(-re-do) which once again isn't incredibly far away from do. Anyway, after the second chorus we have a small bridge which progresses iii-IV-vi-V and repeats twice before returning to a third verse (which is simply the first line of the second verse again) this shortened verse brings us back to the chorus, this one repeating the second half over and over to fade, as we get layered vocals coming in, (the first part of the verse, a descant line) all over our tag line. This is so busy at the end where I counted no fewer than 8 lines running at the same time, between instruments and various vocal lines.

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