Wednesday, 4 November 2009
60 second lecture on Tone
Melopoeia is not just the art of forming a melodic passage but it is also how it puts weight on to what is said or sung. A moan from Gregory Isaac in a high falsetto singing the word "baby" carries far more heft than saying the actual word baby. When Vincent Gallo sings the words "Honey Bunny" he takes a cliche and subverts it and wrings out the emotional resonance that was there before the words became a cliche. Melopiea also brings to the songwriting equation the space between the words. The combination of words and melody cant' be effective to the listener if there's no time to absorb it. When we were making "Waiting for You" we tried to simplify the lyric and its space as much as we could and instead concentrated on what tone and melody would add to it.