Tempo of the ‘Occupy Portland’ Protest Chant | How real is this ‘city’?

On soundcloud.com, there is a powerful clip where the “Occupy Portland” group sang a song in chant and drum circle form: “We are the Ninety-nine, that One percent has got to go!”


Here is the clip:


I listened to it a few times, and like many of you got the song stuck in my head.  I gave myself a miniature earworm – a tape loop that won’t leave the memory.  Using Meanspeed Therapy, I measured the song for speed, and as can be seen in the charts, the average speed of the protest chant is 109.8 beats per minute.


Next I consulted my tempo catalog of songs.  Within 1% of 109.8 bpm, I found PURPLE HAZE by Hendrix, MISS YOU by the Stones, POWDERFINGER, live on Live Rust by Neil Young and Crazy Horse and STAND by R.E.M.  I sang on top of the sound as played, and then as just played in my head, et, voilà!  Earworm gone, I changed my groove from about 110 beats per minute to one that I felt today, 65 beats per minute.

No big deal?  Huge deal.  Had I not knocked that right out, I’d still be bothered by it now.  IN fact, I heard it so many hours ago when I just replayed it to check it for this post, I could barely remember it and it did not bother me at all.  Very easy, very cool, right at your desk.  And no, please no more emails about “registering for the site.”  Everyone gets to see the same things unless I work with them privately.


updated and declassified 5/5/17 by matherton


You had a BAD DAY, you had a BAD DAY! “bad day” CREATIVITY, SELLING OUT AND SURVIVAL AS THE STARVING ARTIST – Tempo maps and Video of Dan “I sold my best song to the National Football League” Powter

We Are The Champions |meanspeed music tempo chart | Queen | -We Are The Champions | Sandy Silverman School_1


IN 2006, Danny Powter had the most famous one-hit wonder song ever to become property of the National Football League called BAD DAY.

Bad Day - Tempo Mapping - New Jersey Free School - no lyrics - no mp3
Bad Day – Tempo Mapping – New Jersey Free School – no lyrics – no mp3
Mr. Tony Dungy's favorite songL One Hit Wondre Extraordinaire BAD DAY
Even for Ricci and Theron, a very "BAD DAY" - NEW JERSEY FEE SCHOOL TEMPO MAP - © 2010 - ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
THERON/RICCI show what a BAD DAY is in the fantastic film – MONSTER

“Bad Day” is a pop song written by Canadian singer Daniel Powter. It was released as the first single from his second album Daniel Powter (2005) and achieved a huge success throughout the world, reaching the #1 spot in the U.S. and Ireland. In the U.S. it was a massive smash hit, and became the most successful single of 2006 as ranked by Billboard Magazine. It was also used in the opening sequence of the movie Alvin and the Chipmunks, where the chipmunks were singing the song as they stored the nuts for the winter.
“Bad Day” was used as the 2005 ‘Goodbye Song’ in the fifth installment of the hit show American Idol.
Despite the song’s massive worldwide success, Powter failed to release any more pop hits, proving to be a very successful one-hit wonder.
Music video
The boy and girl in split screen from the music video.

The music video is directed by Marc Webb and features two single people, a male (Jason Adelman) and a female (Samaire Armstrong), waking and going about their daily schedule. The video shows this happening over a three-day period, but makes no distinction between the days apart from the different clothing worn for each day. The main event is the two adding graffiti to the same wall, separately, on each day, culminating in the completion of a heart. At the end of the video, life mirrors the image created on the wall, with the boy offering the soaking wet girl a red umbrella in the pouring rain, as a cab stops for them. Parts of it are shot in a split-screen. Throughout the video, Powter is shown with his tuque, playing his piano. The Metro Red Line subway in Los Angeles was used during the shooting of this video and prominently featured throughout. The area where the two meet and add the graffiti on the wall is on the mezzanine level of Pershing Square Station in Downtown Los Angeles.
Critical reception
Billboard called the song “one of the great discoveries of the year”[2] and the top One Hit Wonder of the 2000s.
Release history
Country     Release Date
Europe     January 2005 (2005-01)
Australia     June 27, 2005 (2005-06-27)
United Kingdom     July 25, 2005 (2005-07-25)
United States     January 17, 2006 (2006-01-17)

“Bad Day” reached number seven on the Canadian Singles Chart; it was also successful in the United Kingdom, where it reached number two on the UK Singles Chart after it was used in an advertising campaign for Coca-Cola.[4] In the United States, it reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100. The song grew in popularity in the United States when it was used in the fifth season of American Idol in the farewell video packages for eliminated contestants. It was also featured in the compilation album Voices from the FIFA World Cup during the 2006 FIFA World Cup. It is also currently a popular song to play in sporting events, usually whenever the home team loses. It was even played after the 2008 U.S. Presidential election after John McCain’s concession speech.
“Bad Day” has been certified 2x platinum by the RIAA in the U.S. for digital sales of over 2 million. The song was featured as a free download on the iTunes Store from August 2–9, 2005. It was nominated for a 2007 Grammy Award for “Best Male Pop Vocal Performance”.
Billboard named “Bad Day” the No. 1 Hot 100 song of 2006. It is one of three “one hit wonders” to become Billboard’s single of the year, following 1958’s “Volare (Nel Blu Di Pinto Di Blu)” by Domenico Modugno and 1962’s “Stranger On The Shore” by Mr. Acker Bilk.[citation needed]
On the 16th July 2008, it was revealed by BBC News that “Bad Day” was the most played song in the UK during the period 2003-2008.
[edit] Cover versions
“Bad Day” was covered by the fictional music group Alvin and the Chipmunks for their 2007 film Alvin and the Chipmunks. Their version made the charts in January 2008, debuting (and so far, to date) peaking at #86 on the Billboard Hot 100.
“Bad Day” was also covered by Kidz Bop, also the first Kidz Bop song to be a single.
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“Bad Day”
Single by Daniel Powter
from the album Daniel Powter
Released     January 2005 (2005-01)
Format     CD single, digital download
Recorded     2004
Genre     Pop rock
Length     3:53
Label     Warner Music Group (USA)
Sony BMG (Europe/Korea/Latin America)
Writer(s)     Daniel Powter
Certification     3× Platinum (RIAA)
Daniel Powter singles chronology


/Ian Andrew Schneider/

The NJ Free School

a division of the MEANSPEED® MUSIC COMPANY

January 30. 2010

Bad Day by Dan Powter - tempo graphic by the NJ Free School
BAD DAY – DANIEL ONE HIT WONDER POWTER’S TEMPO – sold to the National Football League


The Grace of Frank Sinatra – “It Was A Very Good Year” – meanspeed=71.8 bpm – Does Tempo Indicate That Which We Emote?

It Was A very Good Year FRANCIS SINATRA
It Was A very Good Year FRANCIS SINATRA 7-74 tempo map
FRANK SINATRA SMOOTH: “When I was seventeen, it was a very good year!” – IT WAS A VERY GOOD YEAR – speed=71.8 bpm, the speed of grace.  Full Obama-Tempo Analysis, meanspeed charts, classic YouTube performances
It Was A very Good YearFRANCIS SINATRA7-74 tempo map-1012
Mean Speed Music Theory Frank Sinatra It Was A Very Good Year 2007
It Was A very Good YearFRANCIS SINATRA7-74 tempo map – 0409
It Was A Very Good Year Frank Sinatra Speed of Grace Graph 4
bpm graph – complete, consecutive, socntiguous – meanspeed music school.

Frank Sinatra’s ultra-classic It Was A Very Good Year was written in the hard, gloomy, haunted key of D minor, and juxtaposed with the most graceful of all speeds. The result is a masterpiece, spanning the generational divide between when my grandfather jack was born in Hoboken, almost 108 years ago, and this morning, where an excellent CNN video montage featured the “Best of 2007” with Frank’s song in the background.

Although the average and the mean speed of this song lies in the speed territory range of Grace, we see each emotion. categories of emotion within a speed territory have been called “mean emotions.” We have found that on a consistently excellent basis the song found with an average tempo between 70-76 beats per minute emote grace. What could be more graceful than that of a Chairman, going through nearly every speed (no drum machine for Frank, baby!): sublime, melodramatic, sincere, ceremonial, graceful, bittersweet, lonely and renewal.

Then again, what would one expect from that of a late Frank Sinatra, singing about the entirety of his life? The emotion is all over the place, but sum it up or find the mean, and here: Pure Grace of Frank.

The charts are mean speed of 13 takes—and because of the orchestra, the syncopations, Frank’s unique rapport with his orchestra: no doubt the most difficult song I’ve ever calibrated.

Take a look at the graph featuring the photograph of Frank Sinatra as Major Marco in the Manchurian Candidate. Seems that The Chairman cannot escape grace.

Speed Summary
song title=It Was A Very Good Year

key D minor (the saddest of all keys, according to Nigel Tufnel)
average tempo/mean speed/median velocity=71.8 beats per minute
mean emotion according to meanspeed music theory=grace
beat frequency=1.197 beats per second
average beat=836 milliseconds
corresponding frequency= 306 Hertz.
Ian Andrew Schneider


declassified 4/17/17