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  •  Most famous chord of 'em all... (8+ / 0-)

    The Tristan Chord...

    Probably off topic, but when you're talking about famous chords, that's the big mama.  I did a search on Amazon right now, and 320 hits came up just for books with or about Wagner's Tristan Chord.  And it sounds pretty, too.

    •  If a Chord Can Be Just 1 Note Other Than th Melody (4+ / 0-)

      line, then the drone is certainly the best known chord across human history. It's found in traditional music practically everywhere in the world, and it is used to create tension or sorrow in every kind of contemporary music.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 06:28:37 PM PST

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      •  There's a song by Country Joe and the Fish (2+ / 0-)
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        It's been thirty years or so since I heard it and a Google search didn't turn up what I could remember of the lyrics, but I remember the song for its message (about the atrocities in Vietnam and how we at home turned a blind eye) and its setting against a single droning organ note. Very striking.

        And of course there's the various bagpipes where the sound is based around a drone. Even the five-string banjo uses the fifth string as something of a drone, since it usually gets sounded one or two times a measure and since it's never fingered, it always sounds the same note.

        If you can't say anything nice about the GOP, please post here more often.

        by Omir the Storyteller on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 08:55:50 AM PST

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      •  OK, I found the song (2+ / 0-)
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        The lyrics are a little different from what I remember. Now that I listen to it thirty years later it sounds very traditional, like something that could have come out of the 15th century.

        Country Joe and the FIsh: "An Untitled Protest"

        If you can't say anything nice about the GOP, please post here more often.

        by Omir the Storyteller on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 09:05:27 AM PST

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