Last Friday we shot the video of our live performance of “An Easy A” – our second song. It was a great shoot with the wonderful Mads Hoppe, who truly is a joy to work with! You can so much look forward to the result! “An Easy A” is a song mainly written by Joe employing the nice little concept of reverse poetry and the rather more unconventional concept of letting a text change meaning by edging in consonant sounds, syllables and words here and there.
So the song is structured as follows:
It starts out with a chorus sung by Joe alone conveying a mood of hopelessness, loneliness and a lack of confidence followed by a verse sung by the two of us which continues this pessimistic line of thought somehow admitting defeat. Then during a quiet middle section the song is reversed and the verse in reverse changes its meaning to the opposite – expressing optimism, companionship and confidence. When we reach the chorus we sing it in the same order as before, so it’s not reversed, but my part is added consisting as mentioned of a blend of consonant sounds, syllables and words interspersing Joe’s original chorus. It is a somewhat ingenious play with words composed entirely by Joe.
The original chorus (Joe alone):
An easy A, a hard B,
I am singing tonight
To sum it up, I fail to see
I lose as I fight
The manipulated chorus (Joe and Phil):
easy[ici]pAte a hard[heart]B[ea]t
I know it’s ama
sing[zing] grow-ing into a knight
To reach the sum[m]it, I must go up, and
I can’t fail to see
I won’t lose as long as I fight
So Joe sings the exact same lyric (and plays the exact same piano accompaniment) in both choruses – and still it’s a completely different story when my part is added.
The piano part is for four hands with Joe playing the chords in the mid range while I play a combination of treble and bass parts just adding some flavour to the verses and actually reinterpreting the chords in the chorus by adding different bass notes to the chords Joe is playing. There is a fun back-and-forth between us in the piano part as well. Thus Joe’s eighth note run in the first chorus
changes into a run going from sixteenth notes to sixteenth note triplets due to the notes I add in during the last chorus.
Hope you will enjoy our small piece and that it will spark some creative ideas in you! 😀