“6 Inch” transcription

All aboard the Lemonade train! 🍋 🚂

I tweeted a few days ago that two tracks on Beyoncé’s Lemonade remind me of Sufjan, and that 3:22–3:44 of the track “6 Inch” is classic Sufjan. I say that because of the harmonies and the background vocals, which are actually sampled from an Isaac Hayes song, “Walk On By.” I’m still working up a full analysis, and digging up Sufjan tracks to compare it to, but as a teaser, here’s my transcription of the section in question. I left out Beyoncé’s lead vocals—she’s singing another iteration of “six inch heels, she walked in the club…”

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Should Have Known Better

In my pop music analysis seminar last Wednesday, four of my students presented on harmony and form in four songs that I had chosen. Being a huge Sufjan Stevens fan, I couldn’t help but toss in one of his newest songs along with the more standard Beach Boys and Beatles tracks: “Should Have Known Better,” from the 2015 album Carrie & Lowell.

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJJT00wqlOo

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