Patsy Cline: Music Analysis

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I choose the songs “Walkin’ After Midnight” by Patsy Cline (1957), “Darkest Valley” by Group 1 Crew (2012), and “Who I Am Hates Who I’ve Been” by Relient K (2004). I choose these three pieces because they are all something that I listen to regularly and they demonstrate a variety of styles in music.
Patsy Cline was an iconic female country singer that won awards at the Deejay Convention, won Billboard’s “Most Promising Country & Western Female Artist,” and Music Vendor’s “Greatest Achievement in Records” all just for “Walking After Midnight” (Jones, 1994, p. 159). “Walkin’ After Midnight” music was written by Alan Block and the lyrics were written by Don Hecht ("Walkin' After Midnight." Second Hand Songs - A Cover Songs Database.). It was
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Its rhythm is explicit, as it is something that gets your foot tapping. The piece seems to be mainly monophonic as it is Cline singing being backgrounded with an acoustic guitar, basic drums, a piano steel guitar, electric guitar, and acoustic bass (Walkin' After Midnight, n.d.). They all preformed together with a consonance sound. “Walkin’ After Midnight” is written in an ABCACA form as the chorus is sung before the verse and the bridge is sung after the verse (Patsy Cline Lyrics, …show more content…
Like “Walkin’ After Midnight” and “Darkest Valley,” the beat is explicit and easy to discern. I believe that Relient K’s song is homophonic similar to Group 1 Crew’s piece and also seems to not be as much of a background music all the time but also just as loud as the vocals. This is most likely because of the driving pulse of the bass and the drums. I think there were some spots of dissonance in the piece, but for the most part, it seemed to all flow together. This piece seems to have a form of ABCABBCDA (Relient K Lyrics, 200). Unlike the previous two songs, “Who I Am Hates Who I’ve Been” starts off with a verse and not the course, but does sing the chorus a couple of times throughout the

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