Measure the Music: The Pretty Song

By Jake Padilla

This month I am sharing with you a song I wrote 10 years ago.
It has no title, but was always referred to as “The Pretty Song.” I wrote it as a study in operating and elaborating harmonies within a key (E major). It was my catalyst for breaking apart and distorting harmonies in the music that I later came to write as not “pretty.”

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Measure 102:
Even the simplest harmonies can be deeply complex,
analogically connected to the octopus.
They’re squishy and can stretch out,
they swiftly turn the tide or crawl below the business.
Harmonies can mold to become a complimentary part to their environment,
or live in solitude.
What a fascinating and mysterious structure!