Presented my music presentation today! The song I picked was Friends Forever by Vitamin C.
The name of this song is called Friends Forever. It is a single by an American pop singer named Vitamin C. The singer’s real name is Colleen Ann Fitzpatrick. Vitamin C is her stage name. She was born on the 20th July 1972 in New Jersey and was the youngest of 3 children.
She is very talented. She started learning dancing at the age of 7 to correct her feet problem. By the age of 13, she was dancing professionally. At the age of 16, she began writing songs and poetry. She began her music career as the lead singer of a band named Eve’s Plum. TMoving on, she became an international sensation when she launched a solo career calling herself Vitamin C. She rocked the music world with the release of her first album which produced hits such as Smile, Me, Myself and I and this Friends Forever song. Apart from her music career, she was also an actress in the musical Hair Spray. You can also catch her in Sabrina the teenage witch, Dracula 2000 and Scary Movie 2.
This song was released in the year 2000 and is well known for being played at high school commencements. The song made a huge impact on the radio, peaking at #12 on the Top 40 Mainstream Chart and #38 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Musical Elements in this song
After listening to this song several times, I could identify certain musical elements in it which makes this song so memorable and nostalgic. This song brings back a lot of memories of the people I met in life.
This piece is heavily based on Johann Pachelbel, a famous German composer, Pachelbel's Canon in D but it is transposed to the key of C major. The piece of Pachelbel’s Canon in D alone is very soothing, peaceful and nostalgic. All these elements are portrayed in this Friends Forever song. I believe one of her reasons for writing this song is about friendship and farewells so she incorporated Pachelbel’s Canon in D in her song.
The starting part of the song which is the instrumental part clearly shows how Pachelbel’s Canon in D transposed to C major is being used and varied in this song. When the singer sang the first verse, the drum comes in as the instrumental part plays on. There is a defined beat and rhythm in this piece. The beat and tempo of this piece is regular. The tempo could be said to be at a moderate pace throughout the piece. Besides that, the piece is also sung in a smooth and connected style, legato. As for the pitch range in this piece, it can be considered narrow with steps.
There is harmony in this song. The melody and harmony somehow blended in a smooth and connected way. I would say that the chords are stable, restful and with consonance. The texture of the piece is polyphonic as there are a few different melodies being played at once. The dynamics of this piece is constant throughout. It can be considered moderately loud (mezzo forte).
There are three main verses in this song and the chorus part is repeated several times. As for the timbre part, strings, woodwinds and percussions are used as the background music. There is one main female vocal throughout the whole song and another female as an accompaniment for the chorus part near the ending. The instrumental background music is repetitive. This creates a unity in the piece. The melodies are repeatedly played throughout the song. The piece is in the ternary form where there are three parts to it. These three parts are all different in melody.
As this song is normally played during occasions like high school graduations or farewells, the emotions that are produced after listening to this piece are nostalgic, sad and peaceful. Since emotions towards any songs are subjective, some might even feel the happiness and joyfulness when listening to this piece as there is a line that goes "As we go on we remember all the good times we had together as our lives change come whatever, we will still be friends forever." Even though we and our friends parted, the memories and friendships stay forever. In short, whatever happens, friendships will last. This is the most meaningful part of the song.