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Old 03-07-2012, 05:21 PM
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Default Songs that were Named After their Sound or Composition or Arrangement or Time Signature

That may not be the right wording, but there are a lot of tunes, (more instrumental ones) that are named after what the song sounds like or a description of and imaginary "setting" for the tune. Lots of jazz and fusion artists do this.

Unfortunately, I don't quite know too many, and I'd like to get better at identifying song meanings by their name or meaning of their name by the sound of the song.

A few examples of this could be like "Take Five" or "7even" by Nerve or "Schizophrenic" by Oz Noy.
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Old 03-07-2012, 06:28 PM
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That may not be the right wording, but there are a lot of tunes, (more instrumental ones) that are named after what the song sounds like or a description of and imaginary "setting" for the tune. Lots of jazz and fusion artists do this.

Unfortunately, I don't quite know too many, and I'd like to get better at identifying song meanings by their name or meaning of their name by the sound of the song.

A few examples of this could be like "Take Five" or "7even" by Nerve or "Schizophrenic" by Oz Noy.
John Petrucci & Jordon Rudess: Hang 11

Its sort of an homage to Take 5, but they tag on a six to it every other five - to make it 11.

Its neat.

Its on their "An evening with John Petrucci and Jordan Rudess" record.

Love that tune.

Niacin has one called 4's 3. I think King Crimson's "three of a perfect pair" is a reference to song structure, as well.

Dream Theater's Octavarium is loaded with it... 8's within 8's within some other fun stuff.

You could also add in nearly any classic movement you care to mention into this category. Which, when you think about it, is what Prog is. Its classical with modern instruments.

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Old 03-07-2012, 07:21 PM
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Led Zeppelin - Four Sticks

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Old 03-07-2012, 11:41 PM
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While on Zeppelin, there's Rock and Roll.

There's a host of tunes ending in "rag" (eg. Tiger Rag), "swing" ("Mambo Swing), "blues" (a million of 'em), "soul" (a million of em) "rock" (eg. Eagle Rock, Brighton Rock and a million more), "jazz" (eg. This Is Jazz) etc.

Or "disco" ... Disco Boy, Slipped My Disco.

Tower of Power's You've Got to Funkifize.

Beck's Bolero. King Crimson's Bolero.

I had an album by a fusion guitarist where the first track was called something like Punk Funk.

I thought King Crimson's ThraK described the content well. The same band's B'Boom was mostly drum solo. Their song Trio was played by three of the band's members.

There was a Style Council instrumental called Dropping Bombs on the White House, where the teenage jazz drummer did lots of bombs later in the tune http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOwsSnfGoVo

There are thousands of these out there.
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Old 03-08-2012, 12:23 AM
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ABACAB?

Genesis did, I think it is song structure, not chords or notes.
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Old 03-08-2012, 12:55 AM
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Chris Squire's Lucky Seven is in 7/8.

Adrian Belew Things You Hit With A Stick

Mike Oldfield Tubular Bells

Ashley MacIssac Spoonboy

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Old 03-08-2012, 01:10 AM
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Dave Brubeck- Three To Get Ready
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Spastic Ink - See, and it's Sharp!
This only uses the pitch classes C and C#! I love it, haha.
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Old 03-08-2012, 02:00 AM
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Peter Muller For Funk's Sake

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Old 03-08-2012, 03:16 AM
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Spastic Ink - See, and it's Sharp!
This only uses the pitch classes C and C#! I love it, haha.
Almost all their songs fit here. I love To Counter and Groove in E Minor.
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Almost all their songs fit here. I love To Counter and Groove in E Minor.
Yup! See and its Sharp is my favorite though, the Jarzombeks are awesome!
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Old 03-10-2012, 05:01 AM
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25 or 6 to 4, by Chicago:

This was written by Robert Lamm, who is a keyboard player and singer for Chicago. It's about trying to write a song, with the title referring to the time of day: either 3:35AM (25 to 4) or 3:34AM (26 to 4).

Lamm explained on The Chris Isaak Hour: "I was living with a bunch of hippies up above Sunset Strip. One of the advantages of this particular house was that it was in the Hollywood Hills and I could look out over the city late at night. I wanted to try to describe the process of writing the song that I was writing. So, 'waiting for the break of day, searching for something to say, flashing lights against the sky' - there was a neon sign across the city. That song came from the fact that it was 25 or 6 to 4am in the morning when I looked at my watch - I was looking for a line to finish the chorus."
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ABACAB?

Genesis did, I think it is song structure, not chords or notes.
I was going to say this. Recently, my band was playing Cream's "Badge". I wondered out loud if they were the chords to the song. No, but the guitarist immediately played a little thing using B, A,D,G, and E. It had...possibility.

Which got me to thinking...if I were a songwriter, I would think of every word that uses only the first 7 letters of the alphabet, and play the word basically. See what happens. You never know what may come out! And you have a title. Laziness at it's finest lol.
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Old 03-10-2012, 08:06 AM
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Reel Big Fish - 241

Its a ska band. I believe 241 has something to do with what the horns in the song are doing.
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I was going to say this. Recently, my band was playing Cream's "Badge". I wondered out loud if they were the chords to the song. No, but the guitarist immediately played a little thing using B, A,D,G, and E. It had...possibility.
ah yes, but who actually named the song ?

our pal Ringo - who walked in as Clapton and Harrison were working at it...saw the chords scribbled on the sheet of paper that they were writing on and said Oh, so that's the title then ? Badge ?"

Ringo strikes again.
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Old 03-10-2012, 09:16 PM
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Dizzy Gillespie - One Note Samba.
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Gorillaz - 5/4

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Epistrophy by Thelonious Monk.

An epistrophe is repetition of the same word(s) at the end of successive phrases, clauses or sentences.

The tune was named so because is uses an "epistrophe" of notes in the melody.
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Old 03-11-2012, 06:49 AM
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Old 03-11-2012, 09:05 AM
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Epistrophy by Thelonious Monk.

An epistrophe is repetition of the same word(s) at the end of successive phrases, clauses or sentences.

The tune was named so because is uses an "epistrophe" of notes in the melody.
That's a point - song forms in general are common - Introduction, Coda, Allegro, Bolero, etc
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6/4 Jam - Jaco Pastorius: does pretty much what it says on the tin.
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Primus - Eleven.

You guessed it, 11/8 count.

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26 Is Dancier Than 4 by This Town Needs Guns. Find a song named after a larger time sig, I dare you!
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When The Water Breaks by LTE. Think about it. It starts with a nice baby cry and cute lulaby music then its like GAHHH!!!!! Its a baby....then all hell breaks lose.....lol. It could work like that......???
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Take Five - Dave Brubeck Quartet
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I know it's only a part of a song, but Apocalypse in 9/8! Come on guys!
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