“What Defines the Music of Frank Zappa?”


“What Defines the Music of Frank Zappa?”

Vlog #1  Type: Connect the Dots

In this “Connect the Dots” episode, we go over several commonalities that occur in the works of Frank Zappa. This covers the ways in which he wrote and performed his music on a technical and literal level, and how his themes and mannerisms could be interpreted on a more basic level. The uniqueness of Zappa, in all aspects, is what drew me to doing this project.

Segment 1: 

  • Zappa’s themes (weirdness and comedy)
  • Zappa’s time signatures

Segment 2: 

  • Zappa’s difficulty and work ethic
  • Zappa’s rhythm-melody relationship

Segment 3:

  • Zappa’s employment
  • Zappa’s sus2 trick

Music Credits:

WARNING: Some of these songs contain lyrics/content inappropriate for a school environment. Those such songs will be listed with an asterisk.

Montana: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DmcYTShN4Fk 

St. Alfonzo’s Pancake Breakfast: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zXdckI9ZtMs 

You are What you is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKz2YK7DTX8*

Why Does it Hurt When I Pee?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZmbxinvLONE*

Pygmy Tylyte/Idiot B*st*rd Son/Dickey’s Such an *ssh*l*: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7fyyhhuE7c&t*

King Kong: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ToQWHNFZ2RE&t 

Don’t Eat the Yellow Snow: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shq0PoqGp84 

Watermelon in Easter Hay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3UjWhV1ejs 

Outside Now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPGSrM2g9o0*

Zomby Woof: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-lkJ3hxRsUg 

Inca Roads: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ze6vxcsdKGs 

Peaches En Regalia: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HFQKP3Ehucg 

Eat that Question: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXolg6ywzPY 

The Black Page: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x088c6wsaXA 

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