One favorite moment of musical songs are the moments when they explode. But exactly do I mean by those moments? For me, I know the answer, but is very hard to describe. The explosion are moments in songs where they become even better.
In the exciting numbers, they tend to start out slow. The explosion of those songs happens when those songs suddenly speed up. In those moments, the dance and spectacle truly kicks off. Those are the moments I refer to as show-tunes. Songs that explode like that include “Seize the Day”, “Dancing Through Life”, “Magic to Do”, and “One Short Day” among many others.
The other moments of explosion are a bit more difficult to describe. One instance of exploding in a duet are when someone else joins in on the song. Most duets just happen to be love songs between two people who have fallen in love. The duets tend to have two exploding moments. The first time is when a second person starts singing, but they not be necessarily singing in harmony with the other person. The second time of explosion is when both actors are singing the song on top of each other. Those love songs include “As Long Your’e Mine”, “Something to Believe In”, “Younger Than Springtime”, “Tonight”, and “I Should Tell You” among many others.
There are other musical duets that are not dealing with two characters falling in love. Some of those duets are death songs and friendship songs. They also explode when the songs actually becomes a duet, which always happens when a second person joins the picture. Those type of songs include “A Little Fall of Rain”, “Come To Me”, “Santa Fe (Prologue)”, and “For Good” among others. Just like the other duets, these songs have two moments of explosion. The first happens when a second person actually sings, but the other person may not be necessarily singing at the same time. The second time tends to happen when both people are singing at once.
Even unrequited love songs have moments of explosion. In “On My Own” for instance, it has a wonderful moment of explosion. The song does have an introduction and the song actually begins after the introduction ends. But the exploding moment of that song happens at the beginning of that incredible crescendo.
There are other songs that have exploding moments, but a bit difficult to describe. These songs tends to explode when the song decides to have a different melody. In “Once and For All” for instance, there is a moment in the song where they are singing a different melody towards the end. Even “Brooklyn’s Here” has that type of moment and it occurs once everyone in that song sings with even more passion and makes the songs even better. So overall, the exploding moments happen when there is either a sudden melody change, when a song speeds up, whenever there is a crescendo, and those two moments in a duet.
In your opinion, what does it mean for a song to explode?