I woke up started flipping through my “Definitive Paul Simon Songbook.” What would be a good song to play around with? I settled on “You Can Call Me Al.” It’s a fun song. A simple riff, given lots of texture in its recording, with a bright chorus. There’s a lot a person could glom onto and focus on. The part I might be cool to play with for this week is that the melody in the verse mostly trends downward. In the chorus, the melody mostly trends upward. It’s a cool way to differentiate the two sections. What if you were to write a song in which the melody mostly arcs downward in the verses, and mostly arcs upward in the chorus? (Or vice versa)?
The Musical Idea: