Two Versions of the Song Roxanne Essay

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Many say that music has evolved over the years. This essay shall explore the elements of two versions of one song. It shall discuss the correlations and disparities of these songs and confer how it has been revolutionised to entertain the audiences of today.
The two songs which shall be scrutinized shall be Roxanne. Originally released in 1978, it was performed by ‘The Police’. The cover version El Tango de Roxanne was rearranged by Mariano Mores in Moulin Rouge, 2001.
The main gist of the song is Sting telling his girlfriend that she doesn’t have to be a prostitute anymore. One could say that repeating the words “Roxanne, you don’t have to put on the red-light” in the song causes it to become the main idea of this song. As the song is
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The off-beat sequences of the electric guitar create a reggae feel for the song endorsing it to be mellow. Throughout the song, the electric guitar does not have any solos but variations of its sequence are repeated throughout the structure of the song. Doing so gives the lead singers’ message more priority. The domination of the classic drum kit creates a ‘head-bobbing’ motion for some when listening to this song, helping it become more popular and an easily enjoyable song.
The cover version of Roxanne (El tango de Roxanne) uses classical instruments to create a genuine tango feel; violins, viola, cello and Spanish guitar. The song consists of many layers of instruments creating a thick texture at times. With the violins being the base of this, the viola and Spanish guitar both have solos instead of consistent melodies throughout the song, giving short but addictive glimpses. As violins are presented in a certain way for this song, it is known that the genre for this version is tango. The structure of the composition in the style of tango creates sexual temptation. This creates the atmosphere for the style of dancing and is reflected in the scene for this song. This genre was an excellent choice as it flows with the story line and amplifies the prostitution through the style of music. One may say that it appeals to dancers, and the age groups of teenagers and above, as the sexual captivation could be a luring
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