Tuesday 3 November 2020

Ed Sheeran: that’s exactly what I wanted

You could say that Perfect is a perfect pop song, it has everything. There’s the lilting, swaying rhythm that gives it a relaxing, almost lullaby effect, the arch shaped melody, in small phrases and over the phrase I’m dancing in the dark with you between my arms, and the lyric which talks of long term commitment, making a home and having children together

Technically you could explain these points by talking about the 12/8 time signature and the octave   octave leap upwards followed by a return to the starting note, and so on. Probably better just to listen and enjoy

Of course the solo version is great, but I love the clip of  Perfect Symphony with Andrea Bocelli. There’s a look of admiration from the singer as he watches maestro Bocelli following his Braille score and another as he checks out the photos with personalities on the wall. At the end Sheeran thanks the team and says That’s exactly what I wanted  

This ambition to get what he wants is clearly part of Ed Sheeran’s success. You can see this tremendous desire to achieve the best result in the clip of Thinking Out Loud. When you see him with dancer  Brittany Cherry   you can see that there is real dancing going on here and the match of movements between the two of them is fantastic. In theory, Ed Sheeran is not a trained dancer but when you watch Thinking out loud  Behind the scenes  you can see his determination to get what he wants shine through

The choreography is not baby steps, it’s a real routine by two of the the world’s leading choreographers, as their representatives  say  

Married director/choreographer duo Tabitha and Napoleon, commonly referred to as Nappytabs, are two time Emmy winners (2011 and 2014) for Outstanding Choreography on So You Think You Can Dance

Watching the behind the scenes video you see Ed Sheehan take on a massive challenge and work away at it until he succeeds, brilliantly supported by dancer Brittany Cherry

So there you are, if you want to be Perfect, take a leaf out of Ed Sheeran’s book and work at it until you can say That’s exactly what I wanted

I play music by Adele, Elton John, Robbie Williams and many more at my regular Cocktail & Piano sessions at the Urso Hotel & Spa, Madrid @hotelurso 

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