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.
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.
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