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The four chords Axis of Awesome played were E, B, C# minor and A – from E major.
With lots of other chords available, why are dozens of hit songs created using the same four chords?
· They are easy on the ear.
· Great songs, like great fiction, are often about overcoming adversity. These chords are positive but also reflective so they suit the character of each song.
· All of these songs are kitchen-sink, karaoke key – even if the original artist was male, women can sing them too.
To tell you the truth, Axis of Awesome has transposed some songs into E major even though it was not the original key. I don’t mind that, because it was a lot of fun.
And so to writing:
All writers take a few key elements and craft a million different stories with the same basic chords:
E EXTRORDINARY CHARACTERS
B BROAD THEMES
C# CONFLICTS - SHARP AND MINOR
That is an Axis of Awesome ;)
DO YOU HAVE A CURRENT FAVOURITE SONG?
I love Adele’s – Set Fire To The Rain
(But I have no idea what I’m singing about :D)