Take the Beatles' song "A Day in the Life", in which, Professor Mellers states, "the verse section is without modulation, except in so far as its pentatonic-tending E minor acquires tight, Phrygian F naturals". This is not a piece of information that will interest all Beatle enthusiasts, but it is a fact which, when checked against the recording and totted up with all the many similar observations on other songs, quickly points up a revealing, perhaps even central, aspect of the Beatles' music as a whole: its ambiguous tonality.
Monday, February 23, 2009
The Beatles ...
... as you never knew them: Then and Now.