On That Note

"If You Leave" single artwork
I'm proud of myself:  I've finally come to the point where I can honestly say I don't mind a song that just hit heavy circulation on the radio waves.  This has never happened before.  It is ironic to find that, of all artists, it happens to be Beyonce.  I don't dislike her - she is very talented.  I do question her knowledge of the art of music, however.  Regardless, "Love on Top" will forever hold a place in my musical... heart, mostly just for the reason that it was the song to assume this role.  Other highlights from this week include the reintroduction to this.  Listen to the whole thing and read my post from two weeks ago.  It supports my major points from that post.

A song that really holds a place in my heart, as a local radio station reminded me this past Tuesday, is Orchestra Manoeuvres in the Dark's "If You Leave."  If you don't think you know this song, you're probably wrong.  It is the staple track off of Pretty in Pink's soundtrack.  Email me if you don't actually know it, just to prove me wrong, if for nothing else.

I've always made mention of a resemblance between Molly Ringwald and my mom. 
Released 18 April, 1986, the track peaked at 4 on US Billboard Hot 100.  This song features so many of the characteristics of a great song from the 80s.  I prefer the ending most, largely because of its eventual (and climatic) modulation into G/e.  G's color, texture, and brightness is among my favorites (favorite major key, third favorite of major/minor keys).  This portion of "If You Leave" is a great example of why I feel the way I do.  The tempo is a great walking pace, so if you're anything like me, it makes for an easy song to listen to on your iPod while walking around - I do not like walking off beat whatsoever so often times adjust my pace accordingly.

Until next time


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