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For as long as I can remember I have loved pop music. There are a few moments in my life that have proved this. One of those moments was when I lived in Seattle as a kid. One winter evening I plugged in our dial up modem, logged onto AOL, and streamed NSYNC’s Christmas album the night before it released.
But other embarrassing stories aside, I have noticed a gradual change in the way pop songs are written. Besides the diminishing use of chord extensions in pop music writing (forgive the pun), I’ve noticed that Bridges in songs are disappearing. The bridge used to be one of the most climactic parts of a song and it is now being used as a way to space out a song so that we don’t wind up singing the chorus 4 times in a row.
For those of you who are not familiar with song form, this may be a weird post to read, but I think it’s applicable to anyone who follows music. The reason I think it is relevant is because we live in a completely new time of the music industry’s life. We are seeing the decline of full album’s and the rise of singles. With the ability to buy our favorite songs off of iTunes without having to purchase an entire CD we’ve changed the way writers write songs to sell.
Choruses have become the main bread and butter of the modern songwriter. Choruses have always been one of (if not THE) biggest parts of a song. However, since choruses sell a song these days, songwriters have been pumping out hits with catchy hooks and almost meaningless verses and bridges.
An example of a modern bridge is found in Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble”. It’s only 4 and a half measures long. It basically doesn’t exist. It’s sole purpose is to have a break between choruses. Just one album ago (Speak Now – 2010), she had 20 measures in the bridge of “The Story of Us.” Similarly, Katy Perry shortened the length of her bridges from 12 measures on Teenage Dream to 6 in Roar. The bridge of Roar isn’t even really a bridge since there are no lyrics and the music pretty much dies down completely.
I have other examples of bridges that were longer in the 90’s (i.e. Mariah Carey – Emotion), but I’m sure there are a ton of songs with short bridges in that time period too. It’s not a rule to write by, but I do think we can see a definite shift in pop hits in which bridges are a dying thing. I don’t think the bridge will completely die away, but it is an interesting thing to look at.
And this is what I think about at 2 in the morning… I’m gonna go now. Haha. Good night.
There’s something about a Lynchburg sunset that makes me feel good. It might have something to do with the nostalgic feeling I have after spending almost 4 years on a dorm that overlooked the Blue Ridge Mountains. Or it might be the overwhelming sensory rush of the bursting shades of orange and purple that wash the sky. Whatever the source of the feeling is, it’s tremendous.
Tonight I was reminded of how many incredible people are in my life. I am grateful for the present friendships that shine brightly, and illuminate my life right now. But I am especially thankful for past friendships that are like tonight’s sunset: wonderfully setting up a peaceful night before a fresh day.
Something that most people don’t know about me is that I love writing characters and TV shows. I’m going to try and do some videos introducing the weird characters that I’ve written up for various projects. I’ve even written a couple of TV pilots for shows I want to start up, so maybe I’ll post some of that up here too.
But here is my first entry: Chad Trumpetbottom
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