The Arrangement Presents: Song Vocabulary
Here at The Arrangement, we know a few things about songs. After all, we play over 40 of them at every single gig—and up to 75, if you keep tipping us.
We realize that for many non-musicians, the various and vital parts that make up a song may be entirely elusive to you. To help further your enjoyment of our next performance, we’ve prepared the following musical primer.
Verse – This is the part of the song that everyone sits through to get to the chorus.
Prechorus – Also not quite the chorus. Kind of a waste of everybody’s time.
Chorus – Here we go! This is the part of the song that makes you say, “Actually, I do know this song.” Best choruses of all time include “Let’s Get It On” by Marvin Gaye and “Since U Been Gone” by Kelly Clarkson.
Bridge – Has a purpose, and that purpose is to set up the Mouth Trumpet Solo.
Mouth Trumpet Solo – The part where Phil somehow summons the sound of an entire horn section using only his lips. He can also imitate a jug band, a klezmer band, Al Jolson, or all three, if you ask nicely.
Crowd Participation – Dating back to the Middle Ages, this is the part of the song where everyone goes “Bah Bah Bahhhhh” and “So good, so good” during “Sweet Caroline”.
Scatting – Wordless, melodic vocal improvisation that makes Drew feel like a cool jazz musician, and everyone else feel embarrassed for Drew.
Bass drop – The sudden, tension-releasing climax following a rapidly thumping beat. Stop giggling.
Freestyle dance – This happens immediately after the bass drops. #whitepeople
Instrumental Outro – The time when everyone says to themselves “Hey, now would be a great time to go get another beer.”
Join The Arrangement on Saturday, April 6 as we debut at the White Oak Tavern from 9:00pm to 12:00am!
The Arrangement features Mr. Drew Fontaine on acoustic guitar and vocals, accompanied by Mr. Phil Rosensteel on djembe, backing vocals, cymbals, penny whistle, and quite possibly the…Mouth Trumpet. They play fun and inventive covers of all your favorite songs. Unless all your favorite songs are by Halsey. Sorry, but that’s just not how The Arrangement rolls. Yee-ikes.
Have any questions? Please holla.