There’s a song on my new album with THREE key changes.


That sounds like something you should only do in cheesy barbershop quartets or something, but I did it.

It’s on the song “When I Survey” towards the end of the album. The song starts in E, then modulates to F at the last verse, then modulates to G# halfway through that verse, then back to E for the outro.

It doesn’t seem like it would work, but it does. When you get back to the original key at the end, your brain kinda explodes a little bit…in a good way.

You can listen to it here:

Anyway, a songwriter friend of mine was texting me the other day that she loved the key changes.

And I remembered where I got the original idea.

When I was a kid and all through junior high and high school, I sang in the choir at my parents church. We did a version of “When I Survey” once that had those same modulations in it. (Up a half-step, then up a minor third.)

That idea stuck in my head, and some 15 years later it spit itself back out on this album.

I stole the idea.

Am I violating copyright laws? Am I being immoral? Should I be locked up forever.

Of course not.

Whoever wrote that version gave me a cool idea, and I applied that cool idea to my version, which sounds wildly different from the choir version, I promise. 🙂

I didn’t copy his work note for note. I just took a general idea and “stole” it to use in my music.

Isn’t that what we all do?

If you’re a guitar player, you probably have a collection of guitar riffs that you play, and I bet you stole each of them from a guitarist you admire and incorporated it into a style that’s uniquely you.

It’s what makes you unique.

There are very few completely original ideas in the world.

But there are people who take original ideas and combine them in new, creative ways.

But guess what? If you never expose yourself to ideas from other people, you’re limiting your creativity.

That’s why we should always be buying new music, reading new books, watching new videos. You’re never done learning.

And that’s why Dueling Mixes exists, to give you TWO unique perspectives on a brand new song to mix, month after month.

It’s a lot of fun and a lot of hard work.

But we think you’ll love it.

Bite the bullet here:

Joe Gilder
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