Concerning the UFO Sighting Near Highland, Illinois sheet music composed by Sufjan Stevens – 1. Concerning the UFO Sighting Near. Concerning the UFO Sighting Near Highland, Illinois – Sufjan Stevens – free sheet music and tabs for violin, contrabass and cello. Learn this song on Jellynote. Concerning the UFO Sighting Near Highland, Illinois sheet music, tabs and chords.

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Music can be bought on the Asthmatic Kitty site, here. He also tells a fun story about aliens visiting his father. Posted by Jharms at 1: Then to Lebanon, Oh God. Most live performances of this song reveal him to be a passionate, but technically lacking pianist; he forgoes the complex rhythms in live settings to play the chords out of time.

Pros for Team-G include: The odd lengths of bars throws off the ear, creating a feeling of uneasiness. There are arguments on both sides. It’s a pleasant piano line, but I posit that this sample was pulled with a plan in mind.

On the surface, it has something to do with UFO sightings. One possibility is G major.

Wednesday, March 26, Below is a chart of how long in eighth notes each chord is sustained through the piece. A skylark is a bird among other things but it turns out that the rest is redundant.

The only hitch is that it’s several years old in fact, it was released the day before I started this blog. This song is an old favorite of mine, partly because of the unique artist name.

Anonymous September 20, at eighting Now whether he literally thinks that Jesus will come to Earth in a flying saucer is up for debate, but it certainly opens the imagination about what the second coming might look like.

Concerningg know now that the drops in this track don’t exactly qualify as face melting, but they were and are an unexpectedly pleasing twist. As an introduction to what is thus far one of his most significant works, he 1 uses odd instrumentation for rock, pop, and folk idioms, 2 sings about aliens, zombies and Jesus at the same time, 3 Defies normal progressions and avoids anything that sounds like a cadence through the entire piece, and 4 creates a confusing sense of rhythm that inspires both pop sensibilities and minimalistic drones, and leaves yighland guessing at his original intent.


And this first track was what set into motion a series hhighland unalterable events that has brought me to writing this blog post, right now. Thank you for this beautiful analysis. I ownyou a big favour!

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Newer Post Older Post Home. Sarah Chao September 30, at 8: I originally put out the full transcription on this, but have since decided it’s probably not fair to Sufjan to give it out freely without his permission. One question that might come to mind is, did Stevens purposefully plan out how long each chord was to be held?

Riccardo March 25, at 2: I started by making a transcription of the recording, which was rathe awkward to do in western notation. Anonymous September 24, at 8: At measure 7, we get a rather complicated Gmaj7 chord. Perhaps I was too enthralled with the instrumental, but I never gave a thought as to what the title meant. The song holds some meaning for me because that was a time when I was still fresh to the world of music blogs, and I was still trying to figure out what ‘dubstep’ was.

Special thanks to atownes at tabnabber. It would make the A major chord a little touch of Dorian to the mix and would make the ending a half plagal cadence, which seems to work for me; as you said it doesn’t feel very much like a picardy third. My two cents I would throw into the ring would be to suggest that the prevailing key is E minor.

Allow me for a moment to wipe a digital tear away from the screen as I reminisce on the first time I heard this album, and how it changed my life forever. The only other interesting thing to mention is the closing. This post will be covering a song near and dear to my heart. While this blog nrar it’s best to lay highlamd out in layman’s terms, it still requires a small amount of prior music theory knowledge.


Delivering signs and dusting from their eyes. Stevens is making an allusion to the second coming of Christ. Harmonic Analysis Special thanks to atownes hoghland tabnabber.

I found it mmusic difficult to figure out the rhythm, and I am really grateful for your transcription. When I open my media player, those colons in the name place it near the top of the list alphabetically, so it naturally gets more attention. In addition, it fits all the criteria I have for sharing: The alien thing that took its form.

“Concerning the UFO Sighting Near Highland, Illinois” Sheet Music

Send me an email at jharms. Thank you, beautiful analisys of an immortal piece that is never leaving me In that particular chapter, Sufjan recou nts a real incident ” where several persons reported seeing a large triangular object with three lights flying at night “.

Not to mention, for me personally I like to give my ear a shot in the dark, so when I paused the music to hum the most homely sounding note, I found it was E. In a live concertStevens talks about finding quite a few police reports about UFO sightings around Highland when he was doing research for Illinois.

In the end, I used a combination of accented bass notes and textual accents to determine the bar lengths. The upper note of the repeating chord cycle spells out a second inversion E enar chord. Lllinois the spirit of three stars.

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