June 22, 2014
Concert Analysis Paper #1
For my first concert analysis paper, I attended The Mary Lou and Stevie Show ~ “Its always a party,” which was held at the Emerald of Siam Thai Restaurant. The restaurant itself had a rather gloomy feel to it, which definitely helped bring out some more emotion from the singer, Mary Lou.
The stage was setup with a single mic. and stool, which she used to sit upon while singing every song. Off of the stage to the left hand side was an old piano, which was occupied by Stevie, the musician of the two. Other than the piano, there were no instruments to be found or that were used in the concert.
The first song performed by the duo was titled, “A Foggy Day”, which was very easy-going and had a rather atmospheric and beautiful feel to it. It follwed an A-B-A-C form and had a major tonality throughout the whole song.
The song and notes itself were rather simple, while the lyrics are what seemed to really bring life into the song. Both chorus and verse opened with a rather gloomy feel, but then finished on a happy note. Given this information, the tempo of the song is rather slow, yet easy to follow along to and very easy to “feel”. Overall, the songs use of repeated notes and slow tempo make it seem very simplistic, but I would have to say Mary Lou and Stevie opened with their best tune.
The second song played by the duo was titled, “Over The Rainbow,” originally composed by Harold Arlen. The song is rather well known and it was performed masterfully by Mary Lou. The song begins with an introductory verse and has a 32-bar A-A-B-A form that it follows. The tonality is mostly major throughout, with some minor chords added here and there most likely to add a more emotional feel to the song.
The song had many sustained pitches, and went up and down frequently. Each a section starts with “Somewhere over the rainbow, and then describes a different dream or place of wishing. The...