What Happened to Musical Harmony?

Those who love harmonious voices in popular music know it is missing in today. It was extremely popular in the sixties. 

I invite you to find great harmony and meaningful lyrics on the current top forty list. https://www.at40.com/charts/top-40-238/latest/       You cannot!

Why did harmony leave the music scene? Those of us who have ever sung in close harmony can tell you that it is not easy. Members of the group must be able to read the musical scale and then sing those notes.  Harmony requires singing voices that complement each other. Vocal discipline is demanded; the voice of the lead singer cannot run away from the voices of supporting singers.

If you miss hearing great harmony, try these.

The Bachelors  “Diane” 1968   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RIwPiakObEE

The Seekers   “I’ll Never Find Another You” 1968 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZf41UudAbI

The Four Coins   “Shangri La”  1962  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07e8jm2CNGc

Mammas and Pappas   “California Dreamin“  1966 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGoq_rVMucQ  

Additional Note: Perhaps we could borrow the principle of musical harmony and apply it in life to slow the rampant division that has overtaken society.  

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During his forty-year professional career, Bill Ramsey wrote magazine articles and business newsletters. Now retired in the mountains of western North Carolina, he writes a blog and has published four books. Bill's 2015 collection of concise, real-life essays is titled "What Do YOU Think?" He has also written "Me Now - Who Next? (The Inspiring Story of a Traumatic Brain Injury Recovery)" and "Now That I Think About It. Bill's books and are available from Amazon.com and on all e-readers. See www.authorbillramsey.com. Follow Bill on Facebook at www.facebook.com/billramseyauthor/
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3 Responses to What Happened to Musical Harmony?

  1. I especially liked the harmony of Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young. But you are right, harmony is largely missing from popular music these days.


  2. Try Voces8 or Pentatonix. Eric Whitacres virtual choirs are great, too.


  3. Eric Whitacre’s virtual choirs. English teacher on vacation


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