I’ve been thinking about this for a while now, trying to come up with examples.
Ok. Has anyone else thought about what I call easter eggs in music? I don’t know what else to call them. They are those vocal moments or instrumental moments when the artist does something a tiny bit differently from all the other times he or she has done it…it adds to the joy of listening to the piece because it subconsciously denotes mastery of the material. In effect, the musician playing around.
I’m not talking about huge improvisations. I’m just talking about a phrase that’s different, or even a word that’s sung differently. Usually, the note goes higher than usual, or bends a little. Something different, and cool, that makes you think “Why did the artist do it when he or she did?” Are they deliberately saving the vocal acrobatics till the end? I basically want to know if this is actually a thing or if I’m just making shit up.
Here are my examples:
Frozen-Let It Go. Idina Menzel sings Let It Go always the second time Eb C C Bb.
Until 3:15 when she sings it Eb C C Bb C Bb. Just a small thing, but effective. Why then?
Journey: Separate Ways. Steve Perry sings for the verses G G A G A B…A…G…(confusion and pain…etc.) But at 2:20 he sings G G A G A B…B D C B A G A G. That high D is high in his range. What made him decide to do it differently there?
Aerosmith: Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing. 3:50 he goes nuts and hits a high D.
Aerosmith: Dream On: at 3:30 Tyler hits his high A for the first time in the song.
Kansas: Dust in the Wind: At 2:15 he sings “forever” a little differently, which he never did before. The next fifteen seconds are him going awesomely nuts, compared to what he’s done for the first two minutes.
Adele, Hello: at 5:30, after doing a million normal "Hello from the outside"s she does one with a little more mustard on it. This one in particular got me thinking, because that was when I really got into the piece, when she just “went off on it”.
My questions are: Is this a real phenomenon? And if it is, do artists save their “best” stuff for the end on purpose? Do we as listeners get more excited the higher an artist can sing? I mean, when someone “hits the high notes” and it comes through “perfectly” we love it! Maybe because we feel like they’re taking a risk and we rejoice that it worked out for them during performance.