There's a Change in the Weather Yes - really enjoyed your post! - it's interesting how There's a Change in the Weather is constructed to emphasize the drama - the opening section has an up-tempo but standard 4/4 beat, emphasizing that Working, Middle and Upper class man are in equilibrium and focused on moving forward with their busy lives. But in the background, four whole-bar notes are steadily ascending a scale, the brass instruments rendering them with intensity - warning us that behind all the bustle of this daily activity a pressure is steadily building ... The next "change in the weather" section makes an abrupt move to a rather delicate construction, a 3/4 waltz with one 5/4 measure gently inserted (at the first "It will brighten up my day ..."), while the piano is tapping out the 6 eighth notes across the three-beat bar and Ray sings the melody in a clipped and precious style. Of course, a waltz is the rhythm for a dance with pairs of participants closely linked together while simultaneously performing a series of complex but graceful and integrated steps and movements, which viewed from a distance creates a sort of human clockwork. All of this creates an elaborate musical metaphor for the fragile and complex interdependence that underpins human society, and in which Working, Middle and Upper class man are each performing a role. The third section, as Avid Smiler points out, reprises the ascending four-note scale that was in the background of the first- but now the ascending notes come to the fore, while being compressed into a slow and heavy 3/4 beat, further building up the pressure established in the first section (the rise in note now occurring every three beats instead of every four). Meanwhile the vocals ("See the holocaust risin' over the horizon gonna see a ...") wrap across and around the ends of the measures, creating a swirling effect around the building pressure of the ascending notes. So, this section creates another dramatic musical metaphor for the power behind the storm that's threatening to disrupt the fragile equilibrium that the lives of Working, Middle and Upper class man depend on. It's great fun, great art. I'm not familiar with musicals, I've only seen one and I was disappointed in the music - it was just a backdrop, simply setting a mood, like the painted screens behind the actors setting the scene. It seems like Ray takes a different approach here, the music being a vital component of the story, having a tighter integration with the drama.