How does the melody of a song (pitch, rhythm, intervals, tonal quality) help to enhance the lyrics of a song?  MELODY http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melody

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Lorraine Caplan | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Melody can be crucial to the lyrics of a song for a number of reasons. Rising pitch literally provide a more "upbeat" feel, while notes heading downward tend to quiet and calm us.  When the lyrics match the interval direction, we have a consistency that pleases our minds and our ears.  If we think of lyrics as telling a story, which so many do, a good melody is like the rising and falling action in a story.

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np5747 | eNotes Newbie

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Much of this is mostly intuitive to us as human beings. Thinking about this, discussing the effects of pitch and rhythm is enlightening.