This post will have nothing to do with relocation astrology.
Most of you reading this do not know that one other thing I do is a radio show, usually 2 times per month (the first and third Wednesdays of the month at midnight — kgnu.org, kgnu.org/djschedule). It’s a hobby for me — it’s unpaid; there’s no money in radio. But it does speak to one of my passions, that being showcasing music of a broad range of genres, chiefly lesser known and sometimes ‘difficult’ music.
You can also Google my real name, which is David McWade, and from there you can hear shows and see playlists for them on AfterFM.com. I’ll be doing the show the midnight after Election Day, which is tomorrow night. I plan to start with a Leonard Cohen song and which Leonard Cohen song it will be will depend on how the night goes.
Anyway, I love music. And so my interest is piqued by the Secret Language of Birthdays, one of Gary Goldschneider’s personology books and one in the Secret Language series. Because near the beginning of the book, as he spends one page each on each astrological sign, he has a section for which song keys the sign has more of an affinity to.
It’s fascinating. I’m going to run through the signs and what keys each prefers:
- Aries — A major and F# minor
- Taurus — F major and E major
- Gemini — G major and G minor
- Cancer — E minor and Eb minor
- Leo — Eb major and G# minor
- Virgo — C major and C# major
- Libra — Ab major and F minor
- Scorpio — D minor and C# minor
- Sagittarius — Bb major and A minor
- Capricorn — C minor and B major
- Aquarius — D major and F# minor
- Pisces — B minor and Bb minor
From here I’m just going to stimulate my brain to think of some songs, from my own repertoire, for all of the signs here.
A major — Xmal Deutschland “Eiland”
F# minor — The Legendary Pink Dots “Rapunzel”
F major — Cocteau Twins “Bluebeard”
E major — St. Vincent “The Strangers”
G major — Real Estate “Talking Backwards”
G minor — Metric “The List”
E minor — Lisa Gerrard & Pieter Bourke “The Human Game”
Eb minor — The Dead Science “Lil Half Dead”
Eb major — Tanya Donelly “Mysteries of the Unexplained”
G# minor — Kristin Hersh “Cathedral Heat”
C major — Regina Spektor “Samson”
C# major — Julia Holter “Night Song”
Ab major — Sebadoh “Happily Divided”
F minor — Paula Frazer “Watercolor Lines”
D minor — Nils Frahm “Says”
C# minor — Massive Attack “Special Cases”
Bb major — The New Pornographers “Unguided”, Edward Ka-spel “Splash”
A minor — Arvo Part “Festina Lente”
C minor — His Name Is Alive “There’s Something Between Us And He’s Changing My Words”
B major — Stereolab “Neon Beanbag”
D major — Robert Ashley “Now Eleanor’s Idea, part 1. Change”
F# major — An April March “Incense Of You”
B minor — The Sisters of Mercy “Alice”
Bb minor — Throwing Muses “Night Driving”
I had fun with this, as you should too — but it was challenging. In part because the perfect pitch I was born with and enjoyed for the first 45 years of my life is not quite what it used to be. So finding some of the harder keys — the last four I had to find were F major, Eb minor, Ab major, and C# minor — took a relatively long time.
I do in fact identify with Sagittarian keys of Bb major and A minor so I think there is something to this. These are the makings of a parlor game, I would say, for those musically inclined.