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Song Analysis – "Chosen Generation" from the Passion Albumn Awakening

OVERVIEW

  • Take note of the form; it has a few unexpected twists:
    • opening chorus
    • drums only PC following C2
    • instrumental following the bridge
  • Pre Chorus chord deserves attention (not a minor ii)
  • The chord progression change at the bridge can be easily missed
  • The band plays eight bars of the IV chord in turning back to V2
Transient

Details

This is a popular song at our church. We've done it many times, and I'm always surprised at the silly ways we mess it up.

Let's start by looking at the album form: 

Intro | Chorus    
Verse 1 | Pre Chorus | Chorus 1 | ~ |  V2 | PC | C2 | PC2 | C3 | Bridge | Inst. | C4 ...

You always need to be cautious when playing songs that start with a chorus. Why? Because songs that start with a chorus can play tricks on your brain! Especially when going to verse 2. This song is no exception.

Secondly, be aware of the relatively early and unconventional drums-only moment coming out of C2. The song goes back to the pre chorus, vamping twice before another chorus. 

Last, the instrumental comes after the bridge. Not a big deal, but worth noting.

The Turn Back To V2

Not only might you be prone to miss this because of the form, but the chords also mess with your head. Although the guitar solo/turn is only four bars, you will play eight bars of the IV chord. How can this be? The last two bars of the chorus and the first two bars of the verse are also the IV chord. All instruments need to offset this by strong style distinctions between sections and other tricks like utilizing octave leaps in the bass. Notice how the drummer sets up the turn and then V2.

Chord Progression Notes

Couple of quick things:

  • The pre chorus goes to a major II chord. In the key of B this is a C# (major), not C#m (minor). Interestingly, one guitar is also playing a IIsus chord, or C#sus in B. How this works is for another post. Just don't play a ii minor chord. It is a bummer. 
  • The bridge and instrumental changes are very similar to the chorus. The chorus walks up to I/iii and then goes to IV; the bridge/instrumental goes directly to the IV chord and then walks down to I/iii. Check this out and don't let it trip you up.