Songs in no particular key
February 18, 2005 3:23 PM Subscribe
Is there a technical name for a song in no particular key?
posted by StephenE to media & arts (21 answers total)
Here are two examples:
1. Glen Campbell's "Wichita Lineman". It sounds like it begins in the key of F, but it almost resolves to D, then B flat, then C. It doesn't really resolve to any key.
2. Chicago's "Colour My World". This one is more definite. F is its home key. It starts and finishes in the key of F, but it wanders all over the circle of keys in the meantime.
If there is no technical name for such songs, I'll give them one: Meandering songs.
They're still good songs.