Saturday Songwriting: The Middle of a Lake

I love checking out what has worked for other songwriters, and seeing what I might learn from them, so I found myself looking at Rolling Stone Magazine’s 500 Greatest Songs of all time.  

500 is a lot of songs and a lot of chord changes to investigate. (Not to mention a lot of lyrics, rhythms, melodies, harmonies and arrangements).  I’d love to look at them all, which, at one song a week would take a mere 10 years. Maybe I’ll skip around in the list a little bit. . . 

Anyway, No. 500 is Smokey Robinson’s “Shop Around.” 

Rolling Stone doesn’t seem to say much about why they consider it a great song, but I’m willing to take it on faith. One thing that caught me as I looked at it was the simplicity of the chord progression

Check it out below!

The Prompt:

Here’s a link to Lisa Erickson’s Art. Find out more about Lisa’s work here.

The Musical Idea:

Here’s a downloadable pdf of the worksheet above:

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