Monday, October 13, 2014

Day 651: Chord Progressions

Tests are hard, especially when there's two of them because it's midterms and there's so much information to try and remember that you don't even know where to start. Yeah, it's an absolutely fun game, right? Regardless, that's the life of a college student, so you have to come up with ways to remember the information at all costs.

My music theory and history midterms were the recent cause of stress, although I don't think I've ever felt more calm going into a couple of tests. I mean, I spent a lot of time studying and reviewing for the both of them, but I learned that when people tell you to start studying earlier and not cram they were actually right. You're way less stressed out if you space things out. It's not always an option for everyone but for me, I'm lucky enough to have the time to do such things.

Anyway, in particular, there was one bit of music theory that I just couldn't remember however hard I tried, and that particular musical figure happened to be a suspension. There's a bunch of rules about how these things work and how they sound and how you write one, but aside from everything else, for some reason I just couldn't keep the information in my brain.

Until I related it to CaptainSwan that is.

You see, in 4x03, at the end of the episode when they're outside Granny's (in the street no less), and they have their little argument and kiss, the musical backing is what really stood out to me. In fact, I loved the chord progression so much that I would routinely rewatch the scene and stop it before they even kissed simply so I could go back and hear the chords again. It's a music major thing I guess.

What occurs in that progression isn't actually a suspension, at least, I don't think it is. I mean, maybe it is, but it's not necessarily the sort of suspension we're working with (and I'm just going to stop talking now in fear of Dr. Henson someday reading this and looking at me in shame). However, it's similar enough to the rules we deal with that I was able to remember how a suspension works in the way we were to use it on our test. Therefore, I'll probably now forever relate a suspension with CaptainSwan.

I guess there are worse things that can happen in life.

Have a magical day!

(Note: This blog post was written on October 20).