podcast_mic.jpgPicture this: you’re sitting on a plane, and a melody pops into your head. You want to remember this melody, but you have no instrument on which to pluck out the pitches. Your piano, unfortunately, exceeded the size limitations for carry-on luggage.
What do you do? How do you keep from forgetting the melody? If you know your intervals, then you can write melodies anywhere, spilling those lovely songs directly from your brain to the cocktail napkin. Pandora music analyst and songwriter Melody Parker joins me to sing intervals for you, and we give you a cheat sheet of well-known songs that use those intervals.
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  1. Kym
    October 18, 2007 at 6:31am
    Wow, that happens to me alllll the time. Unless I can remember a snippet of lyrics and do a search on them, no chance to find the tune until it finally comes to me. If this actually works, It will ROCK. Can't wait to try it the next time it happens to me :)
  2. Kevin Seal
    October 19, 2007 at 12:11am
    Thanks, Kym!
    October 25, 2007 at 1:18pm
    Hi there...I love Pandora soooo much....this station is so classy...hope you and your friends can help...I've been looking for a song by Freddie Hubbard called Windjammer...if anyone has a clue...please reach out at young00ad@yahoo.com...Peace and Blessings to you and yours....Ciao....
  4. Daniel E. Friedman
    October 28, 2007 at 6:28am
    Interval recognition is certainly a must for realizing a melody, when no instrument is around... unless you have absolute (perfect) pitch. Of course, the skill of writing music is also important, unless you have someone who can rewrite "letter" names into notes on a staff. The bottom line-music dictation requires ear and theory training. Unfortunately, there are no shortcuts. Thanks for your posting.
  5. Chris Finn
    November 09, 2007 at 10:30pm
    Fascination Alleyway Introduction: Fascination Alleyway is a work that contains thoughts from the radical 60�s, the unsettled 70�s, and the apathetic 80�s and 90�s. Music from these eras was the inspiration for these writings. I would like to thank, Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Cat Stevens, Bob Seger, Pete Seger, The Doors, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, The Trogs, Led Zeplen, The Eagles, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Jackson Brown, The Byrds, Dion, Elvis Presley, Natalie Merchant and the Ten Thousand Maniacs, Richie Havens, AC/DC, The Electric Prunes, Donovan, The Tokens, Black Sabbath, The Band, Warren Zevon, Peter Gabriel, Dire Straits, Pink Floyd, Cream, Simon and Garfunkle, The Animals, David Gray, Tool, Van Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Janis Joplin/Big Brother And The Holding Company, , The Dave Cark Five, The Kinks, The Spencer Davis Group, Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Jethro Tull, The Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly and the Crickets, The Platters, The Who, Roy Orbison, Creedence Clearwater Survival, The Animals, The Ventures, The Band, Small Faces, James Taylor, Jefferson Airplane, The Yardbirds, Eric Clapton, Del Shannon, Rick Nelson, John Mayall�s Bluesbreakers, The Moody Blues, The Wallflowers, Procol Harum, Ten Years After, Elton John, Black Sabbath, Bob Marley, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Neil Young, Rush, and for their song, �Limelight�, which is the anthem for my book, and all the groups whom I have failed to mention, for giving me the inspiration and motivation to put down in words my feelings toward our world at large. As for the future of this planet, let the grace of God lead us to earthly peace without war. I can not thank my wife Roxanne, and my children, Kristine, Andrew, and Daniel enough for their love and understanding in these time where appreciation of the simple life is overlooked and overshadowed by the so called technological gains mankind has achieved. This book is dedicated to Joe and Dorothy Finocchiaro, my parents, who raised me with love, faith, and the belief in an afterlife without end. Natale (Chris) Finocchiaro Check out fascinationalleyway.com The book is about ready to be put into print, it was written under the influence of music.
  6. Mike
    November 10, 2007 at 10:45pm
    Wow. These podcasts teach me something new and interesting every day, especially in areas of musicianship that I am not so familiar. They are really nicely edited (they are, right?) to fit in all the info that you want to hear. They inspire me to go home and try out some new stuff on my instruments (viola, guitar, beatbox).

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