Blues in Moore flat

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I've previously noted that Donald Trump sometimes introduces semi-chanted passages into his political oratory — see "Trump's prosody"; "Trumpchant in B flat"; "Tunes, political and geographical".

Here's another example, from his 12/8/2017 campaign rally for Roy Moore in Pensacola:

So get out and vote for Roy Moore!

Average f0 values (leaving out the portamento):

Hz ST rel. to A 100 ST rel. to "Moore"
 get out  265.8  15.25  8.4
 vote  247.6  14.04  7.2
 Roy  210.5  11.24  4.4
 Moore  163.5  6.86  0.0

So "get out" to "vote" is roughly a descending semitone, with "vote" falling by a minor third to "Roy", and "Roy" by (a quarter tone more than a) major third to "Moore". "Get out" to "Moore" is overall (a quarter tone more than) a minor sixth, which may help explain the oddly plaintive tone of the whole sequence.

The tone sequence might be an interesting compositional motif: C4 B3 G#3 E3




  1. AntC said,

    December 15, 2017 @ 5:47 pm

    Yes. several of the late night satire shows picked up on this strange intonation. But they couldn't read much significance into it.

    I wonder what intonation was in Trump's robocalls supporting Moore?

  2. Craig said,

    December 15, 2017 @ 6:51 pm

    It's kind of interesting that the melody described above outlines a Cmaj7#5 chord (C E G# B) in first inversion (E G# B C). Not an uncommon chord in jazz, but I have trouble believing that Trump knows anything about jazz.

  3. Cynthia McLemore said,

    December 15, 2017 @ 7:28 pm

    It's evocative of preacher intonation. Similar in form if not precisely in tone, and more dramatic.

  4. Ed M said,

    December 15, 2017 @ 9:49 pm

    A Trump robocall for Roy Moore is reported here:

  5. rosie said,

    December 16, 2017 @ 1:49 am

    The note for "get out" is a bit off, but after that, we have quite a nice broken chord of E major.

  6. Jonathan Gress-Wright said,

    December 16, 2017 @ 1:02 pm

    Googling "trump jazz" turns up interesting results:

  7. Sarah Creel said,

    December 16, 2017 @ 3:27 pm

    On a related note, I noticed that Trump's misarticulated "United States" generated a pretty strong speech-to-song illusion. Like Cynthia McLemore above, I would think Roy Moore (more so than Trump) would be subject to evangelical preacher intonation.

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