My favorite composition is The Reason by Hoobastank, a rock band based in America. The band is made up of four songwriters, Douglas Robb, Chris Hesse, Dan Estrin, and Markku Lappalainen. It is a Pop song that was recorded in 2003 and released on 9 December 2003. Howard Benson produced it in America. The song is about a man asking for forgiveness because of the pain he caused his lover before. He is regretting his past life decisions that led him to hurt his lover and is ready to change and start a new life together.
The song is made up of vocals and instrumental accompaniments. It begins with a keyboard playing a tonic note repeatedly, then followed by drum sets. The guitar comes in, and then the singing follows. There are four instruments played in the song, a drum set that helps set and maintain the tempo throughout the piece of music. The tempo of the piece of music is moderato (at a moderate speed). It also helps mark transition from the verse to the chorus by use of a drum roll. A keyboard plays the root of the chords repeatedly throughout the song. Further, a lead guitar plays a short melodic motif and employs the use of sequence as the same melodic motif is repeated but at different pitch levels. A bass guitar supplies the bass part to the piece of music to enrich the overall harmonic effect. In addition, a rhythm guitar plays the chords using the over-drive distortion effect especially during the chorus, bridge, and the outro to bring out the “rock” effect.
The song begins with a solo, a man singing the verse in tenor; then in the chorus, there are more than one tenor voices singing in harmony. This occurs in the bridge too where the singers are singing different pitch levels to bring out the harmony. This song is in strophic form since there are new lyrics set to the same melody in the verse and the chorus. The first and second verses are repeated after the bridge, with the second verse acting as the outro.
There is a contrast in the piece of music. This has been achieved by a change in dynamics. The song begins moderately loud, but towards the end in the outro, it is loud as all the instruments are played loud as they are about to end the piece of music. Contrast has also been achieved by the use of the bridge which brings in different melodic motives and also different chord progression before going back to verse one.
The song is based on a major tonality that is maintained throughout the piece of music. However, the constant use of chord ii and chord vi tends to bring in the feeling of a minor tonality that perfectly brings out the mood as portrayed by the lyrics of the song (Hoobastank). The song evokes a poignant mood because it arouses a sense of regret whereby the singer is sad as he remembers his past deeds and how he offended his lover
song is there to teach us the importance of seeking forgiveness and having a
positive change in life to sustain a fruitful relationship. The music can be
played to anyone especially the youth because it captures what affects most of them
as far as making the right choices in life is concerned. The song’s composition
also helps make it memorable and lovable to anyone who hears it.
Hoobastank. The Reason. 2003. YouTube, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fV4DiAyExN0.