Although born to be mild, this month Martin Cooper heads out on the highway, lookin’for adventure and runs into 60s American psychedelic rockers Steppenwolf!
project with the legendary producer Phil spector, but various disagreements put an end to any meaningful musical relationship between the band members.
John kay still retains the rights to tour as John kay and steppenwolf, and there is definitely a market these days for the band’s brand of classic rock – fans will always want to hear Born To be Wild!
This month’s piece is in the key of a major (a-B-C#-d-e-F#-G#) as written in the notation, but actually has a lot of notes and chords outside of that key. For example the gospel-blues type of chords in the first part of the song have an a in the bass, but play an a major chord, d major chord and G major chord over the top of it (suggesting a mixolydian: a B C# d e F# G). The chord symbols keep the bass note in mind throughout, so the inversions on the notation are made complete by the bass guitar notes.
You’ll find three-note triad shapes, such as the d and C major chords in the middle and end sections of the track, and also some chromaticism on the rhythm and lead part.
The solo follows the harmony of these chromatic chords, and then in the final eight bars has a bluesy melody line that uses predominantly a dorian (a-B-C-d-e-F#-G), thus highlighting the G and C chords, which actually imply the G major scale.