Welcome to Krazy Monkey Music.
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The two songs referenced here are The Crunge (Led Zeppelin) and Sex Machine (James Brown)
Some of you might catch the Zeppelin reference in the subject line. (Where’s the bridge?) I’m sure some big money guy said something like: “You know Bob, it’s a really great song and all but where’s the bridge?” At which point Jimmy and the guys, having full creative control over their material, had a great time making Mr. Money feel like the irrelevant fool he was. Then instead of inserting a bridge decided to further mock the poor guy by pretending to search for the bridge at the end of the song.
I just made all that up but I think it’s the most likely scenario…
Guess not, I just looked it up. It’s a reference to Sex Machine by James Brown. In it James says “Take it to the bridge” but Sex Machine doesn’t have a bridge. So there you go. I still like my version.
Anyway, If you want to make music it’s a good idea to break it up into parts. Not only do different parts serve different purposes but they also help to organize things. Like when James said “Take it to the bridge” everyone knew exactly where to go next… or not.
In making music don’t forget, there are guidelines but not real rules. The parts of a song are defined by function not content so don’t let labels stifle your creativity. A bridge might be the part that leads from a verse to a chorus or a lead break back to a verse but what’s in it, well that’s entirely up to you. Form usually follows function but not always.
Well that’s enough drivel for today, let’s get to it. What is Song Structure?