Some of the best music from the late 1960s and early 1970s came from groups like The Mamas & the Papas, The Association, the Fifth Dimension and Spanky & Our Gang. Their particular style, marked by thick vocal harmonies, clever chord progressions, and elaborate counterpoint, became known as sunshine pop. Light ‘n’ Groovy is one of James L. King III’s best style-pieces that captures the music of that time while keeping everything very patterned and pianistic. The insanely catchy melody paired with classic 60s chord progressions make you think you’re living during the Summer of Love; the counterpoint and rhythms make you feel like you’re standing on the front row at the Monterrey Pop festival. It is impossible to not smile after hearing this piece.
Key: C Major
Mood: upbeat, cheerful, happy, optimistic, carefree
pedagogy: counterpoint, syncopation, rhythmic octave hits, dynamic contrasts