Posted 17 May 2012 - 07:15 PM
There are literally thousands of radio stations across the country that play Top 40 music. Therefore, there are millions of people that listen to these radio stations, and many people listen so much that they know the songs by heart.
Corps are always trying to play music that is recognizable, and also catchy enough that it stays in your head for an annoyingly long amount of time.
Why don't corps incorporate some Top 40 songs into their scores? People know the songs, and they are always singing these songs, so that proves that the music is catchy (And if you're like me, thanks to some "fangirls," these songs are stuck in your head for weeks).
In my mind, this is the perfect idea for a show by any corps. Does anyone else feel the same?
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Posted 17 May 2012 - 07:50 PM
You sure about that?? Have you seen any rep lists from the last, oh, 10-15 years or so??
Corps are always trying to play music that is recognizable
Posted 17 May 2012 - 07:55 PM
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Posted 17 May 2012 - 08:09 PM
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Posted 17 May 2012 - 09:17 PM
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Posted 17 May 2012 - 11:09 PM
Two words: sync rights.
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Posted 18 May 2012 - 02:37 AM
Just my thoughts of course.
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Posted 18 May 2012 - 06:40 AM
A decent arranger could make the necessary tweaks.
Because that's what high school and college marching band are for. If you really tried to break down Top 40 music, you would be appalled at a.) the simplicity, and b.) how repetitive it is. It would not translate at all to the drum corps field.
Posted 18 May 2012 - 07:07 AM
Posted 18 May 2012 - 08:58 AM
The cool police already have charged us with being uncool. Why would we play less cool versions of their favorites and give them more cause to convict us on the geek count?
I don't ordinarily think we should make our decisions based on our worst critics' sensibilities. In this case, however, I think we'd be condeming ourselves to high school purgatory.
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