A 7/8 Measure
And it’s time, time, time that you love / And it’s time, time, time. – Tom Waits
The time has arrived for us to talk about meter. Do you like to dance the waltz? Are any of your favorite songs in odd meters like 7/8 or 5/4? Are you down with the doo-wop feel of 12/8? Come listen to this week’s show and talk with us about it.
Drumming once again is Jeff Anthony, and playing guitar and keyboards and chatting us up is Adam Blum. Both Adam and Jeff analyze songs for the Music Genome Project, and they have some great insights into both the “common time” of 4/4 that dominates most Western music, and the odd time signatures that spice up the stew.
That episode page has audio clips from waltzes and odd-metered songs by Nine Inch Nails, Radiohead, Jerry Garcia, Elvis Costello, R.E.M., David Bowie and Nick Drake, as well as ones by newer artists like the Helio Sequence, Air, Incubus and Broken Social Scene. Or, you can scan the rest of the free shows over at the main podcast page.
Tick tock and you don’t stop,


  1. Roland
    September 14, 2007 at 4:11pm
    two words very educational
  2. elmer barrett
    September 23, 2007 at 3:44am
    very cool, i was dancing with my dog, she dances pretty well. but the music was far out, dig it and solid..thanks
  3. just Alaska
    September 24, 2007 at 11:19pm
    This was my first listen... some problems with skip, but I like the variety and some songs that I would not have chosen...expands listeners understanding of the artist...I have a broad intrest but fall back on rythem and lyric honisty.
  4. Audrey
    September 30, 2007 at 10:31am
    I just wanted to put SOMEWHERE how much I LOVE Pandora radio, you guys are awesome and I listen all the time! I always get the most perfect songs, I don't know how you do it, but its AMAZING!

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