Learning How to Change Keys from Sting’s “If I Ever Lose My Faith in You”

Sting’s “If I Ever Lose My Faith in You” features some advanced songwriting techniques in the area of transpositions — changing keys within a song.  Now, it’s not a requirement for a song to go through more than one keys for it to be good or impactful, but a key, …

Songwriting Analysis: Bon Jovi “Wanted Dead or Alive”

You may love or hate really big guys, but they don’t become big for nothing — and this song is a fine example of the songwriting power house that is Bon Jovi.  Looking closely at this identity-defining anthem reveals these deft touches: Mixing of major and minor harmonies to make …

Poignant but Energizing: the Killers “Be Still”

My Twitter friend @niickcauilan’s second request was this song — man, I dig your taste!  This was not a song I was familiar with, but one listen and I fell in love with it.  And songwriting-wise, there are some standard moves and twists here, very worthy of analyzing and learning from. …

How Toad the Wet Sprocket Creates Poignance in “Fly from Heaven”

This is an analysis by request for my Twitter friend @niickcauilan.  And I was happy to have a good look at this song, as it is one of my favorites and if I really channel into the feelings contained within, I can’t listen without tearing up.  The sorrow, anger, confusion, …