One of the undergrads in music class felt it necessary to tell me after my presentation that The Sisters of Mercy are his “least favorite of the canonical Goth bands” because he doesn’t like Andrew Eldritch’s vocal delivery. I swear if this kid is ever in a class that I’m teaching…
I made an overlay mash-up of Dolly Parton and Andrew Eldritch’s versions of “Jolene” for music class and didn’t realize that they’re not in the same key. Apparently, I caused some of the more finely musically-trained students in class to experience pain, oops.
I’m going to see if I can tweak the tuning before I post the piece here, but I think I’ll continue to foist off-key post-punk pastiches on my classmates for the remainder of the semester. LBR Andrew Eldritch would be happy that I’m forcing a bunch of unwilling Harvard music students to listen to his singing.
I’ve determined (not with total certainty) that the Sisters’ cover of “Jolene” is just about a half step off from the original (in Ab minor instead of A minor) and now I’m forced to decide between making Dolly Parton’s voice slightly lower or Andrew Eldritch’s voice slightly higher to make this mash-up work. This is a bad spot to be in. Part of the reason I selected this song for my mash-up was the opposite extremity of Parton and Eldritch’s voices.
I’m listening to Shostakovich’s King Lear soundtrack and one of the musical queues is for a choir and I’m pretty sure it starts off in the same key as This Corrosion because it set off the part of my brain that is ever-primed to thrown down when that song comes on at the club.
I almost didn’t recognize [Annabeth]. She was wearing a sleeveless silk dress like C.C.’s, only white. Her blond hair was newly washed and combed and braided with gold. Worst of all, she was wearing makeup, which I never thought Annabeth would be caught dead in. I mean, she looked good. Really good. I probably would’ve been tongue-tied if I could’ve said anything except reet, reet, reet. But there was also something totally wrong about it. It just wasn’t Annabeth.