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Tuesday, May 11   >>


You know that Leonard Cohen lyric about David playing a secret chord that pleased the lord?



And then when it goes to a Bbm9 it's like sonic splooging. Then fall to Am9. Fall to Abm9. Fall to Db9/G. FALL TO GbM7+5 AND THEN CLEAN UP ON AISLE 5 K THNX.

Whenever I find a new device/chord/progression, I stick on it for weeks until I find some use for it. 99% of the time I do and it results in an awesome song no one will likely ever hear (THAT'S FUNNY BECAUSE IT'S TRAGIC), but there's one device I've played with for years that I can't figure out. Maybe you guys can help (I'M LOOKING AT YOU, HOMETOWN JAZZ NERDS -- YOU KNOW WHO YOU IS).

BTW, if you totes feel alienated by the amount of nerdery going on, I'm sorry. Not for you, but for me.

Anyway, the device is this (it's pretty basic, but completing this idea is actually really hard that'swhatshesaid):

Bb | D7#9/Ab | Gm7 | Gbm7 | Fm7 | Bb7 | Eb

...then what?

Option 1: Turn the Eb to an Ebm. But then it sounds super fucking tacky. I'm not big on minor 4s because they're so manipulative.

Option 2: Turn the Eb to an Ebm7/Ab as a secondary dominant to Db for altered tonality.

Option 3: Go to Bb/D to Db dim. to Cm7

And that's all I've got. It's been a 3 years+ long puzzle.

The key of Bb and I have never gotten along.

Fact: I've never written anything in B. There's something about the positioning of all the chords in that key that makes everything really awkward and unnatural.

Fact: My only incentive on going to grad school is joining the USC marching band. Marching band is the shit. Can't join DCI. Apparently, anyone over 21 is TOO OLD FOR DRUM CORPS. Lame.


Never. Gets. Old.