Beauty Plus Unrequited Infatuation= Lonely: MELISSA, The Allman Brothers Band, meanemotion=Lonely, meanspeed=83.1 bpm


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contemporary tempo map – meanspeeed music public education 2

Melissa is a song written by the Allman Brothers band based on a beautiful little girl that they used to see in the supermarket between rehearsals & recording sessions.  From the many sources I have read, there is no one “official story” as to who the girl was and who exactly was so emotional about her.  You have to deduce it was as a Monet painting of beautiful young ballet dancers. The children are adorable, yet the expression of the artist is not pedophilia (except the Bay City Rollers drummer, and he did not write their songs, anyway), the effect us bringing one back to a scene of innocence at the most carefree time in life.  Perhaps this girl in Melissa, the song, looked like someone a Bother wished was 10 years older – the teacher falls for student thing.  The 10 year gap between you and your 10th grade English teacher might have made it criminal for the two of you to hold hands.  10 years later, you’re 25 and she’s 35, well, not such a big deal anymore.  I think this song is that type of lament. This YouTube comment says it all, – “I had not seen this version, yet ….Whatever version I see confirms to me that this is one of the saddest most beutiful songs written this century. Yet it makes me soooo happy to hear it!!!!” attributed to morjohnny540, on or about 6/9/09. (

 

contemporary tempo map - meanspeeed music public education
contemporary tempo map – meanspeeed music public education

The Neumann-Carlton Summary  performer=The Allman Brothers Band album=Eat A Peach mean speed/average expected tempo=83.1 beats per minute. meanemotion=lonesome solitude mean beat=1.385 beats per second. average beat length=722 milliseconds per beat, a quarter note mean slow phase=1.385 cycles per second. mean pitch=354.560 Hertz, 27 cents above F4=349.228 Hertz, 63 cents below F#4/Gb4=369.994 Hertz.  So about an F.  Very sad, that tone of F.

Paul McCartney created a 50 year movement from understanding this. Ian Schneider NYC   this article is a revised and crisper version of that which was published on September 14, 2006.  As you can see, I also got very fancy learning that the color blue was subject to iPhoto® manipulation.  That one graph on the top looks way better than it used to – plus, WordPress gets the credit for holding it, not the disgraceful blogging service who’s names end in a word which rhymes with Fog’s Hot.  And diffident means- outrageously milquetoast weak when among others.  

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contemporary tempo map – meanspeeed music public education 3