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GUEST,highlandman at work Songs in minor key that aren't sad? (122* d) RE: Songs in minor key that aren't sad? 02 Oct 14


Guest, if you don't want music theory don't ask questions like that! We'll never stop!

Misirlou is neither major nor minor in the Western sense -- it's not even Western after all. As best I can tell you it's in something like "double harmonic minor" but it should more properly be referred to as one of the Arabic modes -- but there I've gone off the reservation and will say no more, as I don't know anything really about Mideastern music.

Betsy, I say "no" on "The First Time." I hear that as a major key that happens to start on the second degree chord (dm if the key is C). Most of my theory sources say that it's where a progression ends rather than where it begins that defines its key, and TFTIESYF definitely ends each repeat on the major.

I think Phil Cunningham's "Eilidh" one of the saddest songs ever sung in a major key.

Cheers
-Glenn


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