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<div class="blogparent">from the book “<a href="/n">Hell Yeah or No</a>”:</div>
<h1>Singing the counter-melody</h1>
<small>2016-04-21</small>
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	My advice and opinions may sound strange on their own.
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	Do you know what <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Counterpoint">musical counterpoint</a> is?
	Underneath the main melody, you have a <a href="https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=counter-melody">counter-melody</a> that goes against it, and together they make harmony.
	This is different from harmonizing, where someone sings along with the melody at an interval.
	The counter-melody is a separate melody that could stand on its own, but is mainly there to complement the main melody.
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	Well, if my advice and opinions sound strange, it’s because I’m just the counter-melody.
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	I know I’m not the only voice you hear.
	There’s a common message we all hear these days.
	Let’s call that the melody.
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	I may love that melody, too, but I don’t want to just duplicate it.
	So I try to think of a good counter-melody.
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	I do it to <a href="/compensate">compensate</a> for something I think is missing in the common message.
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	My public writing is a counterpoint meant to complement the popular point.
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	Of course I don’t think the stuff I say is the only way to go.
	I’m just the counter-melody.
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	Really I hope you listen to the combination.
	Eventually you’ll find yourself singing along with the melody you like best, or making up your own.
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