Music In Billie Jean

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There are countless songs in the world that people listen to, but do not understand. Even if they hear the song on the radio every morning, or it is the number one song on their playlist, they may not truly comprehend the song unless they carefully listen to the lyrics. “Billie Jean” is an example; thousands of people around the world dance to the song in parties and listen to it in the car, but don’t know what the performer is singing about. “Billie Jean” is a song about a man who is accused of having a child with a woman. Based on many factors the singers incorporate into the song, listeners can make assumptions on whet “Billie Jean” is about; whether it is right or wrong.The original was written and performed by Michael Jackson in 1983,…show more content…
When Michael Jackson sings, his voice is soprano and makes the notes staccato. These two elements combined make Jackson sound as if he had not one care in the world, which is the opposite of what the song is supposed to sound like. The differences Cornell 's voice makes to “Billie Jean” changes the theme into a sad, mourning song. Cornell performs the song with a deep, raspy voice, along with stretching the notes out so they are legato. Everytime Cornelle sang, “She said I am the one,”most of the emphasis was on the word, “I”. The point of doing this was to stress that Billie Jean was accusing him of being the father. Making the word, “I” legato makes listeners understand that Cornelle is not happy about being in this situation, whereas in the original, Jackson carelessly glides over the words as if he does not truly mean to say them. When Cornell sings, “Then showed a photo my baby cried his eyes were like mine,” he elongates the word, “cried” and “mine”. The emphasis he puts into the two words brings out the meaning if the song; he is regretful for getting into this situation, and there is no turning back because the evidence is in his and his baby 's eyes. The way Jackson performed this line with a soprano voice altered the tone of the song to sound as if he was joking, and was tranquil about the situation. Cornell’s deep, raspy voice and legato notes contributed to the accurate denotation of the
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