“Take On Me”, a-ha |unclassified tempo map of one of the most enthusiastic songs and creative videos ever made

One of the most enthusiastic songs and videos of the late 20th century was a-ha’s “Take On Me.”

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a-ha, Take On Me

It is known as one of the “truly great pop songs” of the era. This video is the great story of the song –

No comment I read in public said it better than this on YouTube® –

“The interesting thing here is that the song was composed before they even met Morten, and still it appears to be written exactly for his vocal range There are very few singers who have volume and expression across more than two octaves. The riff and the refrain were created independently from each other but still it all fits together so nicely and organically.”

Grey Street | Dave Matthews band | live Central Park | median expected tempo map

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The song Grey Street was performed by the Dave Matthews Band in Central Park New York City only ONE time.

The diagram as a median tempo guide is pretty accurate, but you have to listen to the rhythm section groove to “get” the rhythm as a whole.

Eleven years plus since LeRoi died and this song makes me appreciate hime almost more than any other.

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A song of maudlin melancholy that every forgets was on the most popular album in American History – Randy Meisner’s TRY AND LOVE AGAIN, eagle, ‘hotel California’_unclassified tempo map

TRY AND LOVE AGAIN, the eagles

To me this song has a feeling of deep bittersweetness – an America hiraeth.

What do you think the Eagles are trying to express?

The Pretenders – “My City Was Gone” – unclassified tempo diagrams

MY CITY WAS GONE by The Pretenders features the beast groove that has been featured on at least Rush Limbaugh’s broadcast every day for 30 years.

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My City Was Gone – The Pretenders – modern tempo image

Jeff Lynne’s E.L.O. / “SHOWDOWN” / live, Wembley Stadium, median expected tempo chart

Seems to me that songs I don’t fall in love with *right away*, but rather grow on me over a year or two, become my favorites.

“Showdown” Jeff Lynne’s E.L.O. – median expected tempo diagram

I was lucky enough to see and hear the fantastic Jeff Lynne with *his* E.L.O. in Philadelphia last month.

Seems to me that songs I don’t fall in love with *right away*, but rather grow on me over a year or two, become my favorites.

When the band played this in my wife’s home town of Philadelphia last month, SHOWDOWN was unexpectedly the song I enjoyed the most.

Respect to all,

matherton

August 9, 2019

JEREMY – unclassified tempo maps – official video link

 
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Pearl Jam
contemporary tempo maps

 

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Official video
Jeremy

So much has been said about this particular performance of the song JEREMY by Pearl Jam that to add more words toopinion would just be making fewer words.

As far as I know these are the only accurate tempo numbers for the song, but who counts?

 

/mh/

Us and Them – Pink Floyd – modern tempo maps, unclassified

Roger Waters wrote this song as a protest to was and classism

This two a unclassified tempo map of Us & Them by Pink Floyd.

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Us and Them, PInk Floyd