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Jul. 1st, 2009 @ 12:01 pm perfect pitch curiosity
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Date:July 1st, 2009 10:22 pm (UTC)
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This probably doesn't answer your Q, but every song I know well enough to sing, I have a pitch memory of what key it's in. For example, just thinking of a song off the top of my head, "We Can Work It Out" by the Beatles, I remember that as being in D and could start singing it in that key now (NB I have not checked this). Or "Hold me Thrill Me Kiss Me Kill Me" by U2 is in E flat (I actually use that as one of my indicators for finding E flat in my head) The song and the key info are "saved" in the brain together. God knows how much of my brain is occupied by this interesting if useless stuff.

OK I just looked up "We can Work It Out" to verify this and I was probably off by maximum an eighth of a tone. So it's defo in D.

(ETA: this can be irritating if something is being played on the radio in a different key than it is on the version you know.)

Edited at 2009-07-01 10:24 pm (UTC)