Mar 18 2013
-Elvis, Jail House Rock
-Beatles, Let It Be
I have chosen two completely different songs from the 50s and 60s. For the 50′s I chose Elvis Presley’s song the Jail house Rock. From the 60s I chose the Beatles song Let it be. I decided to compare these two songs because at the time these two songs were very famous and I felt that these two song had a very different feeling to it. I also chose these song because they were sang by the famous artist at the time. Elvis Presley was the king of rock in 1950s, and the Beatles ruled the music world back in the 1960s when they were formed as a group in Liverpool.
Looking at these very different two songs I can already tell that songs have very a different mood and type of feeling to it as mentioned before. The Jail House Rock by Elvis has a very quick tempo and its very up beat. It is fast and exciting and is a good song for dancing. If I was in the 50′s listening to it, I would have had the feeling of ready to go to a party with my friends. The lyrics to this song is very different each time. The instruments used in this songs are guitar, drums and keyboard and many more. I believe all these instruments are electric. The structure of this songs is very simple. I really like Jailhouse Rock because it has a fun beat and and the lyrics are really fun to read and is over a fun song.
The song by the beatles I chose was Let it be. Compared to the song Jailhouse Rock this song has a much more gentle feeling. This is very slow and smooth. To me this song makes me feel calm and relaxed because of its tempo is very smooth and slow. When the songs start the instrument used is piano, but when it gets the chorus part the drum joins in. As the song goes in further the rest of the instrument joins in, like guitar, keyboards, bass and such. By all these instruments there were a solo. In this song, “Let it be” is repeated the most. The parts were let it be is said is where the chorus would usually be. The structure of the song is very like the songs in our days right now. It would have an intro, bridge then chorus and such.
By looking at these comparison I can tell that they were differences and similarity between the two songs written in different time periods. Similarity between the two songs will be that it sometimes uses the same instruments. Both guitar were electric and keyboard, drums were used,vocal obviously was used. Both songs had an solo part by all the instruments used in the song. The main difference between these songs are that the lyrics are of course different and the mood and feeling to it is very different. Jailhouse Rock has many different lyrics throughout the whole song to make a whole song. However, let it be only repeats the ‘Let It Be’ part and never the whole line. I think this comparison taught me a lot about how music was back in the 1950s and 1960s. By comparing the two songs I was able to show how different some things were in the other time period, even though it was only couple of years apart from each other.