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Bruno Mars – “Liqour Store Blues”

Bruno Mars – “Liquor Store Blues”


This song is a duple meter with a moderate tempo.  The main instrument is a guitar with syncopation by drums which gives it a reggae feel. The speed of the beats remain constant throughout the song.

The music is clear, and lively. The guitar and drums are very clear. There are other percussion instruments like the cymbal which accentuates the downbeat with the drums. The music is in the major scale, which makes it feel bright and lively. The vocal is the main melody, performed by Bruno Mars who has a higher pitched voice than the Damion Marley who has a lower pitch. While the music has a major scale, which normally helps to create the feeling of joy. The words of the song speaks of drug use normally a very dark subject.

The music is harmonious with Bruno Mars and Damion Marley voice. As with traditional reggae music there the harmony is very simple using only two chords throughout the song.The music is generally laying in mp, but during the climax points the dynamic changes to f. Since there is just one melody with several accompaniments, then the texture of the music is homophonic. The song is in a binary form repeating each section.

Sister Nancy – “Bam Bam”


This song has a duple meter with an andante to moderato tempo. There is syncopation used with a quick saxophone note played between beats.

When it comes to the melody and dynamics of this song, Sister Nancy starts at a low pitch with a soft dynamic. She sings at a high pitch at 0:50 with a loud dynamic and then sings the rest of the song at different pitches with a louder dynamic.

The harmony seems to have consonance. The key is minor.

The instruments used in this song sound like a saxophone, a guitar or two, and drums. Sister Nancy voice is also echoed.

The texture is homophonic and the form is ternary. The second statement which starts at 0:50 is contrasting and then repetition brings us back at the third section at 1:04.

Sister Nancy she a one in a three million.