People often ask me what arranging is.
So here’s an example. The first video below is the original BeeGees version of I Started a Joke, the second an arrangement Aileen Concannon and I put together for Theme Night #25.
So we have changed the key, the chords, the instrumentation, the interpretation, but not the melody (bar a little bit of improvisation on Aileen’s behalf) or lyrics.
It’s a new arrangement of an existing song – and a song is defined by it’s melody and lyrics. But there are many ways to put across that melody and those lyrics, and that’s what makes live performances so special.
If you haven’t already, have a look at Aileen’s above – it IS special.
And for anyone interested in reading more about this song, here is an interesting interpretation of its meaning.