Gotta Catch ‘Em All

 

 I hope you brought your trainer hats cause this week we’ll be exploring the world of:

                                  Pokemon

 

We’ll be taking a look at the history behind the famous theme song: Gotta Catch ‘Em All

As always, plug in your headphones(or speakers) and get ready to be the very best, that no one ever was!

 

     Of course, we can’t go without a partner it’s time to select our starter Pokemon!

                               What Key is it in?

Alright trainers, let’s start off by using what we learned in the past to pass solve this:

 

                                         a. B flat Major

                                         b. D flat minor

                                         c. g minor

 

If you said a then your Pokemon gained 300XP! Now you’re technically not wrong if you answered c since the relative Major is B-Flat Major. In fact, the first chord is g minor, the songs chord progression isn’t too difficult since it can be played with these chords:

 

  G minor – F Major – C minor – B-flat Major – D Major – C Major – D# Major

 

Now the chords aren’t exactly in this order the entire song, but for a little help, I can tell you that the first 2 chords(G minor – F Major) are played 2x in the beginning. The next 4 chords( C minor – B-Flat Major – D Major – C Major) are played in this order with you ending on D Major. 

 

                                       So instead of:

 

      C minor – B-Flat Major – D Major – C Major

 

 

 

                                         It would be:

 

       C minor – B-Flat Major – D Major – C Major – D Major

 

 

 

If you’re having some difficulty understanding chords, take a look back at this previous Music Monday that could help:

Jump Up Super Star!

 

Now that we got these chords out of the way, let’s continue discovering with our Pokemon!

 

 

 

 

 

                                    History

The song was used for the first season of the animated Pokemon TV series. Written by John Siegler and John Loeffler and performed by Jason Paige. The phrase ” Gotta Catch ‘Em All” was a marketing phrase to sell their product and also included in the theme song. John Seiger was a bit skeptical when approached with the writing of the song and animated show as a whole. It wasn’t until he found out what the series was about and took his son to the opening premiere that he saw hope for it.

 

In addition, this song was covered several times within the Pokemon franchise. Pokemon XY version was covered by Ben Dixon and The Sad Truth, Gilly Crawford covered it for Pokemon: The First Movie.

 

 

 

 

 

                                  Conclusion

The theme of Pokemon has continued to appear in the Pokemon animated shows in one way or another and has been a fan favorite theme. It’s worth mentioning this song has appeared in the Top10’s of Music Charts from Kid Digital Sounds and Hot Dance Single Sales. It’s no wonder everyone has been pushing their limits to be the very best haha. I’d say the theme is welcome anytime in the Pokemon animated TV series, wouldn’t you?

 

 

 

 

Thanks for reading! Hope you found/learned a bit more about being “The very best, that no one ever was”. Tune in next week to find out what world we dive into next on Music Monday! 😀

 

 

 

 

 

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