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Islands in the Stream time shift

GUEST,JohnMc 05 Aug 14 - 09:27 AM
G-Force 05 Aug 14 - 11:01 AM
Jeri 05 Aug 14 - 04:44 PM
Jeri 05 Aug 14 - 04:58 PM
GUEST,# 05 Aug 14 - 05:52 PM
GUEST,JohnMc 05 Aug 14 - 07:04 PM
Jeri 05 Aug 14 - 07:58 PM
GUEST 06 Aug 14 - 05:22 AM
G-Force 06 Aug 14 - 05:41 AM
GUEST,# 07 Aug 14 - 05:52 AM
GUEST,JohnMc 07 Aug 14 - 09:01 AM
GUEST,Desi C 08 Aug 14 - 11:01 AM
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Subject: Islands in the Stream time shift
From: GUEST,JohnMc
Date: 05 Aug 14 - 09:27 AM

Was watching Dolly Parton at Glastonbury and, when this song came up, it reminded me that I can never count in to the chorus. Anyone know what is happening to the time signature ?


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Subject: RE: Islands in the Stream time shift
From: G-Force
Date: 05 Aug 14 - 11:01 AM

Nothing. It's just that the tune of the chorus is across the beat.


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Subject: RE: Islands in the Stream time shift
From: Jeri
Date: 05 Aug 14 - 04:44 PM

I can sing along and get the timing right, but I don't know that I can explain it better than G-Force did. The chorus/refrain begins before the end of the last line of the stanza, or (in other words) it starts on the last line.


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Subject: RE: Islands in the Stream time shift
From: Jeri
Date: 05 Aug 14 - 04:58 PM

Last line of stanza:


Makin' love with each other, uh-huh       Islands in the stream
         1   2       3      4 1    2 3    4       1      2

(Just a start)


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Subject: RE: Islands in the Stream time shift
From: GUEST,#
Date: 05 Aug 14 - 05:52 PM

Count it out. The math is there.


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Subject: RE: Islands in the Stream time shift
From: GUEST,JohnMc
Date: 05 Aug 14 - 07:04 PM

I made the count out to be as Jeri says. It is a relief to know I wasn't inventing the difficulty, but even with the count I usually get it wrong. And yet Dolly makes it look effortless. Another question is whether the whole thing adds anything to the song; would it be as good with a conventional count.
   I assume the other folks who commented don't find it hard, whether through a natural ear or a mathematical brain, but I suspect most do.


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Subject: RE: Islands in the Stream time shift
From: Jeri
Date: 05 Aug 14 - 07:58 PM

I like it because it IS different. It's how the BeeGees wrote it, anyhow, and I'm not sure it would work without the crooked bits.

Quirky songs like this, I count out the beats for and figure out what beat the lyrics land on. It can take me a few times.


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Subject: RE: Islands in the Stream time shift
From: GUEST
Date: 06 Aug 14 - 05:22 AM

Mystery solved.


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Subject: RE: Islands in the Stream time shift
From: G-Force
Date: 06 Aug 14 - 05:41 AM

Another well known song with a similar difficulty is the Beatles 'Ob La Di, Ob La Da', where after a straightforward verse the chorus comes in so far ahead of the bar line that the first main beat is actually silent. Some people can get it right naturally, other don't seem to be able to.


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Subject: RE: Islands in the Stream time shift
From: GUEST,#
Date: 07 Aug 14 - 05:52 AM

G-Force: I just encountered the following site. It's worth a gander.

http://www.hamienet.com/midi473_ObLaDi-ObLaDa.html


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Subject: RE: Islands in the Stream time shift
From: GUEST,JohnMc
Date: 07 Aug 14 - 09:01 AM

There's also the odd count for " sun sun sun" in "Here comes the Sun"; and in a slightly different vein, hitting the chorus of "Penny Lane" in the right key.


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Subject: RE: Islands in the Stream time shift
From: GUEST,Desi C
Date: 08 Aug 14 - 11:01 AM

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