“I mean, I’ve got a great memory for for songs and chord changes, incredibly good memory,” Beato says in the clip. “But this is like this is an impossible task just on listening to it for 20 minutes and rehearsing it or 30 minutes.”
The thing that’s really amazing about seeing Beato work his way through this song is that it exposes something about a tune that the average person doesn’t even regard as a good pop song. It’s seen as something of a throwaway in modern pop culture.
But working through the numerous chord changes, the shifts in melody and modulation, and the fact that seemingly no two parts of the song ever repeat, you realize that this song has been completely underestimated by mainstream pop audiences.
And despite the fact that assuredly most of the people watching Beato are probably not professional musicians, the result is incredibly compelling to watch, because it forces a new context on something nobody ever thinks about.
This, to me, is something that a lot of people who create content on the internet are trying to do in their own ways. I mean, this is my personal goal with a lot of my writing—though my parameters are usually, “If someone spent the time researching history beyond what they find on the first page of Google, what would they find?”
Rick does a lot of great stuff on his channel
that encourages people to think about the musical theory of songs they listen to all the time, but this particular clip feels like a rare thing: An analysis of a song that seemingly doesn’t deserve in-depth analysis, but gets it anyway, and singlehandedly proves the analysis is deserved.
When telling stories on the internet, we struggle to reveal new things with words sometimes. Rick managed to do it by struggling to keep up with a cheesy pop song from 1983.