Musical Theming

One very cool way GoodDayDJ revitalizes listener interest is by making subtle changes in some of the more mundane aspects of playlists in order to bring out musical themes. For instance, where possible GoodDayDJ changes the playing order of playlist tunes in order to set up, then comment on interesting groupings such as “twin spins” (2 songs by same artist played back-to-back, or two versions of same tune played back-to-back), genre-specific grouping, or group together songs that share a similar theme, title or other quality. Thus, for example, the resulting GoodDayDJ commentary in this case might include something like,

Hello Lee, upcoming are two different versions of “Crazy”: the first by Patsy Cline, the second by LeeAnn Rimes. Country singer LeeAnn Rimes recorded “Crazy” for her self-titled cover album, released in 1999. It was released as the second and final single from the album. She also performed this song at the White House for President George W. Bush and particularly for Laura Bush, who said it was one of her favorite songs.

Enjoy; g’day!”

OR…

Hello Lee; I noticed you have 3 different songs with the word “rain” in the title. In “Let It Rain” by Eric Clapton, Clapton wrote this with the help of Bonnie and Delaney Bramlett. They put most of it together while they were touring together in 1969; Clapton with Blind Faith, and The Bramletts supporting them with their group Delaney And Bonnie. Blind Faith broke up after their first tour, and Clapton formed Derek and the Dominos with Delaney And Bonnie’s backup group, who Clapton became friends with on the tour.

In “Rain” by the Beatles, this was the first song to use a tape played backwards, which created the strange audio effect. John Lennon discovered the technique when he put the tape for “Tomorrow Never Knows” on the wrong way. (Check out “Tomorrow Never Knows”?) He was stoned at the time, and producer George Martin had to convince him that using a backward recording for the entire song was a bad idea.

In “Rain Fall Down” by the Rolling Stones, this song has a Funk sound in the style of “Miss You.” (Check out “Miss You”?) Mick Jagger said of it: “Rain Fall Down is a song about London. It has a line, ‘Feel like we’re living in a battleground, everyone’s jazzed.’ That was in my head already. There were so many armed police in the streets. Walking around, seeing machine guns, is not how you imagine London to be. If we keep going down this track, we’re not going to get back.”

Enjoy these songs about rain; g’day.