Leitmotif: An Easter egg for music nerds

Have you ever noticed how some musicians repeat a similar melody or rhythm throughout several songs while still making it sound unique yet recognizable every time?

Loosely speaking, I’m talking about leitmotif, which is not to be confused with a concept album. A concept album has an overarching theme. The use of leitmotif is more subtle; the theme doesn’t always span the entire album, and…