1. The Music Theory Behind Why Rihanna's
"Sex with Me" Is So Sexy
Emily Bootle // 2017
"Most pop music appeals harmonically to humanity's consistent desire for familiarity by using the same four chords—a fact that literally any self-respecting Music Snob will repeat very loudly at a party whose playlist is deemed disappointing for its lack of Justin Vernon (spoiler alert: he uses them too). Most conventional pop songs written on the "Western" seven-note scale make frequent use of the chords IV, V and I (with "I" referring to chord number one, built upon the first note of the scale, "II" to number two, built upon the second note, and so on. Chord I is the root chord or tonic, synonymous with the overall 'key' of the song, and, in Western music, usually serves as something to work towards harmonically)."
2. Cadillac Ranch
Bruce Springsteen // 1980
Route 66 stretches from Chicago, Illinois to Santa Monica, California. It was one of the first highways in America and is frequently referred to as the "Mother Road." Along this route, is Cadillac Ranch, an art installation in Texas that inspired Bruce Springsteen's song. The installation displays ten rusted and graffiti tagged Cadillac automobiles with their hoods rooted in the ground, their tires reaching to the sky -- underscoring how these once elite cars became expendable. Springsteen uses Cadillac Ranch as a metaphor to describe the transitiveness of existence. We grow, we change, and, inevitably, we age.
"Eldorado fins, whitewalls and skirts / Rides just like a little bit of heaven here on earth / Well, buddy, when I die throw my body in the back / And drive me to the junkyard in my Cadillac."
3. It Is Enough
Anne Alexander Bingham // 2014
"It is enough to know that / as long as there is a universe / I am a part of it."