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Sensitive Female Chord Progression?
Yikes, this guy's looking for trouble...
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I ran across an interesting article in today’s (Dec 31, 2008) online edition of the Boston Globe.

Correspondent Marc Hirsh points out “four chords that underpin a song’s verse, circling from yearning to triumph and back again, four chords that were inescapable in 2008.”

Hirsh has decided to call this phenomenon the “Sensitive Female Chord Progression”. Yikes, this guy’s looking for trouble… :>)

He explains that this four-chard progression comes up a lot in the songs of well-known female pop artists, citing Joan Osborne’s “One of Us” as the primary example, and offers a way to see if a song uses the chord progression: “Just sing Osborne’s lyrics, ‘What if God was one of us? Just a slob like one of us?’ over the suspect four chords.”

It’s kind of a fun game. And an clever observation.

Read the whole article here, and also check out the accompanying audio clip.

By the way, if these chords get stuck in your head, go here to cleanse them away


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Posted by mrktlr  on  08/31/09  at  12:22 AM
It turns out I'm not the only one intrigued by this phenomenon. Hooters guitarist Eric Bazilian, the songwriter behind "One Of Us," has a particular interest in it. "I think it's a comforting chord progression," he says. "It was iconic with Heart. It became more iconic with Joan [Osborne]. It became even more iconic with Sarah McLachlan. There's not a lot of testosterone in it, even though ['One of Us'] was written by a man. But it was written by a man to impress a girl. Think about that."

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