Saturday Songwriting: The Supremes, Where Did Our Love Go

This week we get to #475 on Rolling Stones list of Greatest Songs Ever, “Where Did Our Love Go.”  The story goes that this was another song the artists weren’t keen on. Supposedly, it was originally recorded for the Marvelettes—the tracks were laid down already when the Supremes got it, and in a key that’s low for Diana Ross besides. Still, it ended up being The Supremes first #1 hit. That foot stomping laying down the groove reminds me of nothing so much as metronomes coming into sync with each other. (Check out this video if you haven’t seen it before, it’s really cool).

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Saturday Songwriting: Chords that Play Well Together

It was about a year ago that I started this blog. I didn’t really know what I was doing then, but over the last year, it’s gained some focus. I’ve started to look at what makes different songs tick. The first sheet I posted looked like this. It outlined the first couple of principles of BEAD Guides Chord Flow. A lots changed about how I present these idea since I first put that sheet together. I figured it was time I gave it a little make over, which is exactly what I did this week. 

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Saturday Songwriting: Aretha Franklin: Do Right Woman – Do Right Man

After a little break, We’re rolling into number 476 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 greatest songs of all time.  Do Right Woman – Do right Man is a classic blending soul and gospel. There’s so many cool things to look at in this song if you really want to dig in. Enjoy!

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Saturday Songwriting: The Smiths: How Soon Is Now?

“How Soon Is Now” by The Smiths is one of those songs I’d heard dozens of times, but I never knew who wrote it or what its title is. It’s a haunting, tremolo grumble of a song, with airplane like air raid sirens played on slide guitar. To me, it’s one of those songs that sounds like it’s always been out there, lurking.  It also happens to come in at number 477 on Rolling Stones list of all time greatest songs. Enjoy!

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Here’s a link to Rustam QBic’s Art. Find out more about RHADS’s work here.

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Saturday Songwriting: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers’ “American Girl”

Last Night by the Strokes is probably one of the great songs of the aughts. It also pretty famously poaches its intro from Tom Petty’s “American Girl.” I happen to like “American Girl” better. It doesn’t seem to appear on Rolling Stones’ list of 500 Greatest Songs, (Really!?), so this week I called an audible and looked at “American Girl” instead.   

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