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Why The Game of Thrones Theme Song is So Iconic and Good

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Game of Thrones ‘ theme song rules. 

I didn’t even watch the show, but when I hear this song, even I’m thinking, “Oh yeah time for some epic s***!” Ramin Djawadi is an awesome composer (obligatory Person of Interest shout out), and the Game of Thrones theme song is another excellent piece by him.

It follows a standard “epic music” formula to a T.

This isn’t a criticism. Something normally becomes standard because it works, after all, so there is nothing wrong with using patterns that have historically worked to assist you in crafting the mood you’re trying to set.

If you wanted to write a Christmas song, for example, you could throw in some jingle bells. We identify jingle bells with the season, so that’s an easy way to get the spirit of your music across (We purposely saved this article for after Christmas so you wouldn’t go insane suddenly hearing jingle bells in every single song). When it comes to scoring, a clear depiction of the tone you’re trying to set is key.

So how do you write an epic theme song like Game of Thrones? Let’s write one together!

Step 1: Pick three or four standard chords to use, normally starting on a minor chord and moving to major chords before returning to base.

I picked D minor, Bb Major, F Major, and C Major (or i, VI, III, and VII)

 

Step 2: Create an energetic riff outlining the first chord of whatever key your piece will be in, or just play the root of your chord in an energetic syncopated manner ala “He’s a Pirate” from Pirates of the Caribbean

 

Step 3: Write a melody that also outlines your chords, often with quick steps leading into your next chord to give the melody energy, and simply have your bass line play the root of each of your chords. Have a lowkey drum keeping the beat.

 

Step 4: Repeat your melody either an octave higher or by moving upwards to a new key and emphasize the drums.

 

BOOM you have an epic theme song. 

Of course, you can add other supporting melodies and instruments to make it sound even more epic!

 

On top of this basic formula, however, Game of Thrones’  theme does some excellent work to achieve its primary goal in setting the tone.

The decision to leave out brass instruments contributes to the solemness of the series, as brass instruments in pieces like these are often naturally heroic sounding. The chamber choir lends an air of old school medieval church times, giving the song a Godly presence. The mix up of the major chord in the beginning riff also prepares the viewer for unexpected twists in the upcoming narrative. This is excellent storytelling through music all around.

The way it builds on its initial riff (as the melody is basically just the riff at a slower pace) is also smart writing and a brilliant way to make the tune as memorable as possible.

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These are the decisions that turn a piece from “generic epic” into “actually epic.” Care and thought matter in a score, and it’s what separates Djawadi from other composers while also allowing Game of Thrones’ theme song to stand out even amongst similar pieces.

The beating drums, the shifts up an octave or into a different key, the orchestration; all these facets contribute to the feel that you’re moving forward and into an epic battle, which is why we feel like something big is about to go down when Game of Thrones starts up.

Game of Thrones’ theme does a particularly great job of conveying that epic feeling. Now if only I had enjoyed the show as much as I do the music.

For other examples of epic songs that follow this kind of formula, check out the pieces below!

  • “He’s A Pirate” Pirates of the Caribbean – Klaus Badelt and Hans Zimmer
  • “Arrival to Earth” Transformers – Steve Jablonsky
  • “Iron Man 3” Iron Man 3 – Brian Tyler
  • “The Avengers” Avengers – Alan Silvestri
  • “Titans Spirit” Remember the Titans – Trevor Rabin
  • “Ben” National Treasure – Trevor Rabin
  • “The Orange Man” Unbreakable – James Newton Howard

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The Masked Singer Theory – Who Is The Astronaut?

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The Astronaut on The Masked Singer

Astronaut goes head-to-head with Turtle on tomorrow night’s The Masked Singer.

This puts one of the two strongest male competitors in danger of elimination.

Before this comes into fruition, here’s my theory on who the Astronaut is:

[POTENTIAL SPOILERS AHEAD for those who want to keep the reveal a surprise]

Astronaut has been a popular performer in the show this season, and most fans claim to know his identity based on his singing voice alone.

But that assumption alone amounts very little to convince anyone, so let’s look at the clues and the prevailing theories from the internet that support them.

I will be referencing things from the clue packages the Astronaut has had so far in the show, so here’s a link to his first one:

BREAKDOWN:

In his 1st clue package, some of the objects that stood out were:

  • Hawaiian lei
  • Skeleton foot (or a loose foot)
  • Broom, possibly made of hay
  • Tools / toolbox
  • He also says “Code Blue”

In the 2nd:

  • Constellation of Orion’s belt
  • Hologram of himself
  • He says “in the Wild”
  • French horn
  • He sings a song “from a dear friend” – Stevie Wonder

In the 3rd:

  • Coffee
  • Dice rolled to 10 (two 5’s)
  • Bridge

In the latest clue package:

  • It shows a vinyl record that breaks, which Astronaut says “means the world to me”

THEORY:

Hunter Hayes is the consensus guess over the internet on the identity of the Astronaut. (Notice how both use their right hand when they sing!)

So here’s how the clues line-up to Hayes according to fans:

  • The Hawaiian lei references his time in Hawaii where he performed, and toured on vacation.
  • The loose skeleton foot is a likely nod to his 2011 duet with Victoria Justice “Almost Paradise” which is featured on the Footlose re-make movie soundtrack.
  • The broom could either be a clever hint at Hayes’ publicly admitted crush on Harry Potter star Emma Watson, or a simple clue to his last name since the broom seems to be made of hay (Hayes).
  • Tools or toolbox could refer to his onstage performance with Charlie Worsham’s “Tools of the Trade,” or the fact he knows how to play over 30 musical instruments.
  • “Code BLUE” in the first package, and “Into the WILD” in the second might refer to his upcoming album called “Wild Blue
  • Orion, from the constellation clue, is called in Greek mythology as a “Hunter,” thus, is a clue to his name.
  • He once performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live! with holograms of himself
  • The French horn signifies his ability to sing in French since he was young
  • He performed with his “dear friend”, Stevie Wonder, on Dancing With The Stars
  • He is a well-documented coffee lover
  • He was born in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana
  • And finally, he broke a world record for doing 10 shows in 24 hours (look at the dice clue!)

So there it is!

Hunter Hayes is most definitely the Astronaut.

There are just too many clues to ignore, but if you think otherwise then please let us know!

Who else could he be?

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The Masked Singer Theory – Who Is The Turtle?

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The Turtle in THE MASKED SINGER.

Turtle faces-off with Astronaut on tomorrow night’s The Masked Singer.

As two of the strongest male singers in the show, their showdown will surely be one to watch.

So before either could be eliminated, let’s take a guess at who’s behind their respective masks.

Here’s my theory on who The Turtle is:

[POTENTIAL SPOILERS AHEAD for those who want to keep the reveal a surprise]

Turtle has been a frontrunner to last on the show with each of his performances garnering praise and having great responses from the audience.

This means it could be a while before he is unmasked, and some people, like myself, just don’t have the patience to wait.

His clue packages have been tough to crack, but his most recent “Super Clue” on episode 3 x 10 is what triggered a chain reaction that led to tracing the clues back.

Here is Turtle’s latest hints featuring his “Super Clue” at about the 0:41 second mark of the video:

BREAKDOWN:

He shows a comic book priced at $10.13  with the title “The Amazing Adventures of Shellboy,” and though the name of the comic itself is probably irrelevant, my mind immediately went to superheroes.

Turtle also said “this is not another TEENY clue,” which made me think of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but that would be too easy, right?

Then it clicked in my head, he must be somehow connected to a teenage comic book character.

And the first character that popped in my head was Robin who is, of course, Batman’s sidekick.

So I went back and watched every one of his clue packages in order, and I noticed he always had superhero-themed elements:

  • In his 1st clue package, he was in a starting line and a theme similar to The Dark Knight films was playing, and a starting gun with the phrase “BANG!” was shot.

This is a possible hint toward cartoon versions of The Joker, who has shot many similar guns.

Turtle can also be seen walking like a zombie in the video, which made me think of The Walking Dead. 

And, oh yeah, the very first song he sang was “Kiss From A Rose” by Seal, which is part of the 1995 film Batman Forever’s soundtrack!

  • In the 2nd clue package, there is a soda can that reads “POP!” similar to the way the old Adam West Batman TV shows would show after the Caped Crusaders would hit someone.

Plus a huge clue where the Turtle writes the phrase “Don’t Rave Ever At My School – Turtle” on the chalkboard (more on this later).

  • In the 3rd clue package, it showed a bat encased in glass that looked very similar to the symbol of Nightwing (a grown-up version of Robin), and then Seoul, Korea was also in focus.

 

THEORY:

Turtle is Jesse McCartney, and here’s why:

  • The allusions to the superhero Robin is referencing McCartney’s voice acting on Young Justice where he played the character.
  • The price of the comic book $10.13 is his initials “J” the tenth letter in the alphabet, and of course, “M” the thirteenth.
  • He had a memorable short stint on Fear The Walking Dead, which explains his zombie walk.
  • If you take the first letters of the phrase he wrote on the chalkboard in the 2nd clue package, they spell out “DREAM ST.” (Dream Street), which was the name of McCartney’s old boy band
  • Finally, the clue highlighting Seoul, Korea is most likely a reference to his most popular song as a teen pop singer, “Beautiful Soul“.

Tell me he doesn’t sound exactly like The Turtle?

You’re welcome.

What do you think of this theory?

Am I on point or did I miss the mark completely?

Please feel free to chime in the comments section.

 

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The Masked Singer Theory – Who Is The Night Angel?

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Night Angel will face-off against Kangaroo on tomorrow night’s The Masked Singer.

One of them could be eliminated and unmasked at the end of the night, so why not take a guess at who they are?

Here’s my theory on who the Night Angel is under the mask:

[POTENTIAL SPOILERS AHEAD for those who want to keep the reveal a surprise]

The Night Angel has been hailed by the panelists as someone who can “win it all” this season.

Good news for her, but bad news for us who want to find out who that amazing voice belongs to.

Her clue packages have been some of the trickiest to crack this season, and I figured a lot of them could be red herrings.

That is until I went back to her first clue package, and with some help from the internet, I believe I have cracked the case.

Here it is:

BREAKDOWN

  1. The doors she opened in the video are numbered 4, 5, 6.
  2. The 1st door contained three men with duck bills on their noses.
  3. The 2nd door had “gangster grandmas” as Robin Thicke puts it.
  4. The 3rd door was a dance party where one of the men in black points at his watch.
  5. At the end of the package, she says “and a little bit sweet, just like me.”

The only overt clue that stumped me was the keys with the number 2 on it. (So feel free to enlighten me on this one)

Later clue packages would reference her being in her line of work since she was in high school, and found herself “lost” in a group and wanting more.

THEORY

The Night Angel is Kandi Burruss, and here’s why:

  1. The numbers on the doors she opened stands for the song “4, 5, 6” which she co-wrote and performed with rapper Solé
  2. The 1st door was a nod to her writing credits on the Destiny’s Child song, “Bills, Bills, Bills
  3. The 2nd door is a hint about her Atlanta based restaurant called, “Old Lady Gang
  4. As the man in black pointed out, she was “Tardy for the Party” which is another song she wrote for her co-star on The Real Housewives of AtlantaKim Zolciak
  5. “A little bit sweet” – What else is sweet? Well, CANDY (Kandi) of course!

In her youth, Burruss was also part of Xscape, a girl group during the 90s, which fits with her claim to have been in the business since a teenager.

Still not convinced? Here’s her debut single as a solo artist, “Don’t Think I’m Not.” Where the distinct vibrato in her voice is clearly showcased, and sounds exactly like the Night Angel’s.

And there it is, my theory on the Night Angel’s identity.

Did I guess correctly?

Or did I miss something, and completely went off the wrong clues?

Let me know what you think.

 

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