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I’ve got a pocket full of keys at my disposal
I’ve got a pocket full of keys I can use.
And I’ve got a pocket full of secondary dominants
I keep in stock to help unlock whatever key I choose.

I may just stay there for a moment.
Yeah, I may just stay there temporarily.
And I may decide to use a secondary dominant
To demonstrate how chords relate when I’m visiting that key.

A V7 of IV can help me linger for a while in it’s abode
V7 of ii gives me another way to roam.
V7 of vi can start a journey down a long and winding road
Till a ii becomes a V65 of V to take me home!

I keep them with me when I travel
I like their function and the way they sound.
That’s why I like to use a secondary dominant
To make it clear to chords I’m near that I’d like to hang around.

Like V7 of V7 of V7…. Ooooo Yeah.


from The Well Trained Ear: songs to strengthen aural skills, released May 20, 2019
David Newman - Voice, Keys
Jacob Rozmajzl - Drums, Bass, Guitar


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David Newman Harrisonburg, Virginia

Educational Songwriter, Classical Singer, Digital Creator and Innovator, Science Geek and Music Nerd.

Music Theory and Voice Faculty at James Madison University.

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