I will be comparing “Let it Be”- The Beatles and “Heart and Soul”- The Cleftones. (The Cleftones being the 50’s example and The Beatles being the 60’s example. They both use the 1, 4 and 5 key progression which was very popular and still is popular nowadays.
The Cleftones (50’s example)
“Heart and Soul” is a moderately fast song (staccato). Meaning that the notes were very short and gave the feeling that it was a happy song. The 50’s was a year were people were talking about the good things about life and how good everything was.
In the lyrics, it tells us how happy they were and how well things were going. So it was completely different to the 60’s music although they were still some 50’s songs in the 60’s.
The Beatles (60’s example)
* George Harrison – lead guitar, backing vocals
* John Lennon – Fender Bass VI, backing vocals
* Paul McCartney – lead and backing vocals, piano, maracas
* Ringo Starr – drums
* Billy Preston – keyboards
* Linda McCartney – backing vocals (on single release only)
* Uncredited performers – two trumpets, two trombones, tenor saxophone, cellos
“Let it Be” is a moderately slow song (legato). Legato meaning very smooth and attached notes. It is one of the slow songs compared to when The Beatles first came out. When The Beatles came out in the 50’s it was a lot different to The Beatles in the 60’s. When it first came out, The Beatles had a moderately fast beat (staccato). Staccato meaning that the beats in the song were very short and detached. But then as time progressed, The Beatles became a slower song and had more of a meaning behind it. Such as one song was made for the Vietnam war and it was all to do with peace and how we should think about the others that are more unfortunate than us.
If we look more carefully at the words in this song we find out that it is one of the songs that really have a meaning behind it. For example the title of the song, Let it Be. We can tell that it means straight away that is is going to be a slow song. Let it Be meaning that we have to sometimes take in what happened to us and we just have to forget about the past. And that if we don’t forget about what happened, we won’t go far in life.
From this we now know that music has changed over time and that in the 50’s it wasn’t really focused on the bad things but it was all focused on the good things. While in the 60’s, it was really focused more on somewhere else in the world and on how lucky we are.