"Memories" is a song by American pop band Maroon 5, released as a standalone single on September 20, 2019.



Memories (Syncopated Strum & Fingerstyle)(WORD)
Memories (Syncopated Strum & Fingerstyle)(PDF)

Memories (Syncopated Alternate Strum)(WORD)
Memories (Syncopated Alternate Strum)(PDF)

Memories (No Syncopation Strum)(WORD)
Memories (No Syncopation Strum)(PDF)

To play along in the same key as the recording below, first - if you're in GCEA tuning - you'll have to detune down to F#, B, D#, G#. We'll be using the "Syncopated Strum" and "Syncopated Fingerstyle" songsheets for the BUG Jam.

With the fingerstyle arrangement, I've used the 4 fingered Em chord (4432) in the tab, but you could also use the 3 fingered Em chord (0432) if you prefer - it works.

NOTE RE CHORD PLACEMENT:  I've made up songsheets for 2 different "Syncopated Strum" songsheets, so the placement of chords in those sheets captures the syncopation of the strum pattern samples at the top of the songsheets, and captures the Maroon 5 rhythm. I've also made up a "No Syncopation Strum" songsheet for those who may find it too difficult right now to do a syncopated strum and sing at the same time. You may find it easier to make your chord changes directly on the 1st beat of each of measures, so the "No Syncopation Strum" songsheet will still work for you.

Lyrically, "Memories" pays homage to the memories of a loved one who has since passed. The song is a simplified version of "Canon in D Major" by German composer Johann Pachelbel. It was produced by lead vocalist Adam Levine and production team the Monsters and the Strangerz, and written by Levine, Stefan Johnson, Jordan Johnson, Michael Pollack, Jacob Kasher Hindlin, Jon Bellion, and Vincent Ford. The single peaked at number two on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. The band's lead singer, Adam Levine explained: "This song is for anyone who has ever experienced loss. In other words, this song is for all of us." The song is based on the loss of the band's manager and Levine's friend, Jordan Feldstein who died on December 22, 2017, from pulmonary embolism.

The song peaked at number one on the Adult Top 40 chart, becoming their fourteenth number one on the chart. "Memories" also peaked at number one on the Adult Contemporary chart and stayed on for 20 weeks in 2020.

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