Believe it or not, I think there's a theme in this week’s lesson that you'll find valuable even if you, like me, have zero interest in Katy Perry.
Among other things, I shoehorned a drum lesson into the center of it. That's how much I care about you guys. My viewer retention will probably tank, because - make no mistake - I brazenly interrupt the main thrust of the lesson to bring you, and you only some nuggets of pure drum joy.
(Drive-by viewers will just have to sit through it. And some won't😉)
But the made-to-order drum-lesson-within-a-lesson is the least compelling reason to give this a watch.
Katy Perry - a little mind-numbing, right? I'll be honest - I liked I Kissed a Girl.
But after that, it was mostly downhill.
The culmination of the badness - the proverbial Tower of Katy Perry Babel - was the coincidentally-ancient-near-east-themed Dark Horse.
So, Darkhorse: even-worse, right?
Ok, but Katy Perry getting sued. More compelling... (I am not, for the record, saying I wish harm or stress on anybody, much-less simply for writing a bad song.)
Darkhorse turns out to...maybe?...be another song. Now I'm listening.
Jury verdict goes against Katy. Getting warmer.
Not to mention the topic's obviously red hot on YouTube this week. And I'm no stranger to "selling out". If I think something will get me eyeballs, and I've got something I think is worthwhile to say, I jump in it.
But, believe-it-or-not, I hate derivative, "me too" YouTube stuff.
It has a certain...odor.
So I wasn't even thinking about making a video about this until I realized: all my favorite musical YouTubers are lining up on the same side of this.
Using the same thought experiments to illustrate the same points about the dangers of overreach when it comes to copyrighted material.
"If we're going to penalize Katy for this, we're gonna have to penalize a lot of other people, because Bach wrote something similar."
"How broadly do we want to restrict use of a minor scale? If Katy's riff is plagiarism...well basically the above: we're gonna have to penalize a lot more people."
Great. Fine. Agreed.
But nobody was making the opposite case. The danger of ring-fencing intellectual property too tightly.
You can't copyright a bassline, so I could rip off Red Clay, or Peter Gunn, or any other memorable bassline, and just write a tune over it. Ok, fine.
You can't copyright a minor scale, but where's the line between the scale and the melodies that are diatonic to that scale? Clearly, Confirmation is a copyrightable melody. And the A-minor scale, ascending and descending, isn't?
But where does it cross over?
And couldn't somebody, by following the letter of the law, copy a bass/melody combination, each element of which was free from copyright protection, to create something that pretty clearly rips off the original idea?
Also, drum lessons.
So I decided to dive in. (I haven't looked at the comments yet, and I'm not planning to.)
Why, besides the drum lessons, is this relevant for a drum channel?
Because clear thinking, and understanding edge cases, is crucial to good teaching.
But, yea, also the drum lessons;)
I've droned on long enough - I invite you to enjoy this lesson.
See you back here soon,