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Pachelbel is Everywhere: Pop Culture Meets Classical Music

May 25th, 2007 · No Comments

The above video, recorded live at Penn State, is by comedian/musician Rob Paravonian, who has been a favorite on the Dr. Demento Show. He shares his frustration at having Pachelbel’s Canon in D major follow him everywhere. Everywhere.

Everyone including U2, Greenday and other pop music icons recycle the same chords and progression – don’t believe me – watch the video. It is amazing to think that it never struck me – I love the Canon as much as any ordinary classical music geek, but failed to see it all around me, all the time. Since I saw the video, I have picked up the annoying habit of trying to find chordal similarities between pop/rock songs and classical pieces. Annoying habit, I must say.