Songwriting: The Drama of Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Dani California”

Red Hot Chili Peppers’ songs are usually harmonically fairly straight forward, but they inject ample character into their performance to make the songs distinct.  That being said, after such a long and fruitful career, they know how to write RHCP songs.  Here are the three techniques discussed in this lesson, …

Song Reflections: Red Hot Chili Peppers “Californication”

“Californication” is an astute observation on the false hope that is offered by reducing and caricaturizing reality to a tiny and shiny sliver of it.  And while it’s easy to blame the media for that manipulation, we have to admit that we the consumer is empowering them to do so, …