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A Bandcamp exclusive, this song arose from trying to teach modulations in the fall of 2020. With the pandemic help of scattered friends, this little gem offers you a a music theory love story and hope for an epic future, with a hint of ELO and a heaping plate of musical puns and modulations!

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THE MODULATION SONG

She:
I was sad
So I chose a minor key
And I felt bad
Until I made a move to modulate to III
Then things felt better
If only relatively,
And I stayed there for a while until I sunk back to my starting minor key.

He:
I felt low
So I started out like you
and tried to go
to a relatively major point of view.
Then I’d be happy… or that was the plan
but another modulation sent me spiraling to where it all began.

So I lifted up to iv - still minor (“minor key - check for ti”)
But it opened up the door to something higher, ("or other altered scale degrees")
Like another modulation - a celebration
And for a moment I was not so broken-hearted
In the major VI compared to where I started
And I almost felt
I had been set free
but the pain was sharp
And returned me to my starting minor key.

Both:
But I found lucky VII
When I finally met you
Now I’m in heaven
since i became ii
And when minor thoughts take over
and sometimes make me blue
I have memories of the major
that help to pull me through.
And it’s alright.
I have finally seen the light.
I can choose a modulation easily
Even think back to that starting minor key.
I’ll face anything as long as you’re with me.
Two together:
We can sing in harmony
Even in a distant key
Modulate sequentially
Epicly!

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from The Well Trained Ear: songs to strengthen aural skills, track released March 22, 2021
David Newman - Voice, Piano, Synths, Production Engineer
Christine Boone - Voice
Nick Branson - Bass
Glenn Welman - Drums
Kathryn Ambrose - Recording Engineer
Nicholas Davenport - Recording Engineer

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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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