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Ann Mitchell Jazz / Blog

Lyrics or Melody?

I have never been able to decide what thrills me more about a piece .. the lyrics or the music. Some tunes go straight through me as I am singing/listening, while others overwhelm me with powerful or touching words. When I fall in love with a piece of music, be it instrumental or vocal, it becomes a life long relationship.

My favorite composers for singing jazz are: Johnny Mercer, Cole Porter, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Sammy Cahn, Gershwins, to name a few. I have been singing their music for years. Now that I"ve matured as a vocalist, I realize that the music becomes much more than the performance. I also realize what a gift it is to combine lyrics with a melody. Some songs are more intertwined then others.. for example: “DESAFINADO”

~~~~~~ It is a brilliant work of art! The original text is written by Newton Mendonca, with music by Antonio Carlos Jobim. The song is a medium bossa nova, written in the key of F. The first two verses are filled with metaphors that link a relationship to a beautifully written/played piece of music. The melody is filled with extra accidentals to help give that ‘out of tune’ conveyance [ in music and relationships] ~~~

Love is like a never-ending melody Always have compared it to a symphony A symphony conducted by the lighting of the moon But our song of love is slightly out of tune

Once your kisses raised me to a fever pitch Now the orchestration doesn't seem so rich Seems to me you've changed the tune we used to sing Like the bossa nova, love should swing

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The lyrics in the slight bridge, describe the ‘song’ [ie relationship] with “being different” stating that the words “don’t even rhyme.” The melody, in keeping with the lyrics, has added even more accidentals at this point in the song.

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We used to harmonize, two souls in perfect time Now the song is different and the words don't even rhyme Cause you forgot the melody our hearts would always croon So what's good's a heart that's slightly out of tune

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Now comes the really brilliant part of the song! The final verse of the song suggests that the relationship, like a song needs to be tuned. “Tune your heart to mine” .. “join with me in harmony.” As the lyrics/relationship change .. the melody has now found its way to the key of F major, with no additional accidentals!

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Tune your heart to mine the way it used to be Join with me in harmony and sing a song of loving We've got to get in tune again before too long There'll be no desafinado When your heart belongs to me completely Then you won't be slightly out of tune You'll sing along with me.

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Brilliant! I have goose bumps. That is not just composing..... that is ART![less]

It's about Jazz

Just launched my Reverbnation page. I'm not much of a blogger, but I will try to include ramblings and thoughts on music here.

My influences are Jazz: Ella, Peggy Lee, June Christy 50's pop: Rosemary Clooney, Patti Page, Jo Stafford, Doris Day and I love, love, love Judy Garland.