play on the slider bar below to hear "Balloons"
ending with a G chord and a "D"
note in the melody line.
Sounds like it needs to play on to get to
an ending doesn't it? The song feels incomplete.
the melody line on your keyboard. Do your
fingers and brain tell you to play the line
again and again because it is not over with?
This is why chord progressions and root notes
are so important. They are used to bring a
sense of "closure" in a song. Sometimes,
the composer will purposely leave the song
open with no closure. The audience is left
feeling incomplete after the song. It can
be a very uncomfortable feeling. This is similar
to a movie that dose not clean up all the
loose ends in the plot at the end. When I
watch a movie like that I find myself saying
something like, "Well what happened to
those characters X and Y? Where did they go?
What a lousy film!" We all feel at ease
with closure. It is a part of life and, music
reflects to us a lot about life.