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Tom Pile - Running Dog Music

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What Lights Your Fire?

Jim Hughes from Independent Media Pros asked a really good question today that got me thinking about it for an hour:

What are some chord progressions that "give you the goosebumps"?

• The first eight bars of Erik Satie's Trois Gymnopedies - no 1 can change my mood anytime, anywhere.
• How about the the first eight of the Beatles' Come Together? Gets me in a groove every time. 
• The intro to Mister Magic: tightest studio band ever. Possibly the coolest rhythm guitar riff ever played. Automatic finger snap.
• For sheer guitar bravado, there's no topping Black Dog by Led Zeppelin. Shivers up the spine, indeed.
• Strauss' Also Sprach Zarathustra, even before Kubrick immortalized it for the masses.
• If the Brahms Requiem does not turn you to a shivering hunk of jelly just grateful to be alive in the presence of such mastery, it's possible you are not human.
• Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man. Yeah. 
• Da Da Da Dum...Da Da Da Dum... You know what I'm talking about. It's an icon for a reason.
• Ray Manzarek's opening chord progression for Light My Fire - out of left field, but somehow perfect.
• McCoy Tyner's re-harmonization of Rodgers and Hammerstein on My Favorite Things. Revolutionary - still.

I have to stop now. I could go on all night, and I haven't even gotten to the 21st century yet.


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