Under the Bridge Analysis

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  • Topic: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Melody, Blood Sugar Sex Magik
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The song that chose for my solo performance is Under the Bridge by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The composers were John Frusciante, Anthony Kiedis, Flea and Chad Smith. John Frusciante did the guitar parts. This piece was composed in America at a studio session in preparation for their second album with John, "Blood Sugar Sex Magik." The characteristics that define this piece of work was the speed, which it was quite slow, intensity, which it wasn't too intense, the type of singing, which it was done with soft vocals, not yelling or screaming. The influences behind this work were the Red Hot Chili Peppers, John recalls in an interview with Total Guitar magazine. He joined the band after their original guitarist died from a drug overdose; his other main influence was Jimi Hendrix, which can be heard with the fiddly bits John plays with the chords. There wasn't really and socio-cultural influences, it was more of a story about a man in Los Angeles where he did his dealings under a bridge downtown. The intended audience for this music is really anyone because it's not heavy at all, while the metal heads, such as myself, can really enjoy it. It's got a nice soft melody. The lyrics would more suit this song be used in private use, an is suited to CD/ record release, pub's/club's, and it could even be used in film settings. The song at the start is very slow and downbeat, and it's almost gloomy, but it's all building up to the end verse, where the tempo is picked up and it becomes a lot more dramatic. Some ways that you might use to convey the emotional meaning of this song is through the movements you might make while playing certain chords, for example; during chorus the chords sound more dynamic and more emphasised then during the earlier verses which are more melodic. The atmosphere that is created by the music is gloomy, like a rainy day, and like a rainy day there isn't much energy about. It leaves an image of a bridge in a busy town, where a deal takes place....
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