A few weeks ago, I talked about strong and weak beats in music in a post called The Beat of Falling Slowly.
As is often the case, rules are made to be broken. And, if someone’s going to break some musical rules*, James Brown is definitely one of the people to do it. Here’s Adam Neely doing a deep dive talking about emphasis, feel, and strong vs. weak beats in music using Brown’s I Feel Good.
*It’s worth noting, the rules I’m talking about are really cultural norms, and those cultural norms are generally white and European. Adam gets into this point about halfway through his video.