A couple of friends on Facebook just posted a performance by Carrie Manolakos of Radiohead’s “Creep” (see below) that may be even more emotionally manipulative than Thom Yorke’s original recording.
The chills I got at the crescendo reminded me of an article I read in the WSJ about a musical term called appoggiatura, and how it supposedly makes you cry. But then NPR–who also covered this story–ended up doing a follow up based on a listener’s comments, which leaves the sure-footed science behind this in question. (link to NPR segment)
Technically, Appoggiatura is “a grace note performed before a note of the melody and falling on the beat” (source), and whether or not it is scientifically proven to make you cry (or whether or not there are appoggiaturas in Radiohead’s “Creep”), I was defenseless against Ms. Manolakos’ wailing, even after several listens.
This would lead me to believe that the science is sound, but I’m not even competent enough in musical theory to identify an appoggiatura.
In any event, after some furious googling for “Radiohead” “Creep” and “Appoggiatura,” I did find a rather amusing arrangement of the song by Frank Bennett, which made me more likely to want to gamble, drink and cruise for skirts. (see below)
Does that then prove the science behind Swing?
Either way, it’s okay you wake up with yourself.