Measure the Music: Third Eyed Blind’s “Semi-Charmed Life”

By Jake Padilla

Let’s ring in Boxing Day with Measure 116 – THE TRIPLET PART!!
In music, triplets are three beats compacted into two!

Imagine two car lanes with three cars riding abreast down those lanes. Dangerous in driving. Dangerous in MUSIC. Dangerously AWESOME!!!
I have always held an affinity towards phrases with triplets. I can feel them, disrupting my heartbeat, making me inhale when it comes time to exhale. They send me spinning out of control!
Three is a simple yet powerful and unique number. Triangles, the foundation of personal assessment (mental, physical, emotional/spiritual) The Holy Trinity, Rock-Paper-Scissors… and let’s not forget it makes a great climax for any song!
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