Tuesday, July 23, 2019

'Suddenly..." I finally figured that damn keyboard bit out....

This Motels song had been giving me fits for, I dunno, thirty-odd years...

Why? Because 1) my main instrument was always the keyboard, 2) I have near-perfect pitch, which is the ability to determine which notes I'm hearing just by listening most of the time, and 3) I could not figure this goddamned song out by ear to save my life. Mainly because the notes were heavily sustained and, therefore, blurred into one another. It's not as consequential as a tiger looking at a herd of zebras and thinking FUUUCK! -- but just as frustrating.

I had nothing better to do one morning, so I used both a songwriting app on my tablet and Google Play on my Galaxy 8 to pick out the notes and play my program against The Motels at the same time over and over... and over... again, until I got it right.

 Come to find out, the part was silly easy -- all descending fourth intervals for the right hand, and all single black keys fof the left. Thirty-odd years to discover that. Are you friggin' kidding me?!

No, no kidding here. Tone identification software was around in the 80s. I'm just a technological lummox.

All the same, enjoy...

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Take care, Shawn...

Another Gen Xer departs...




Shawn Smith didn't appear on my radar much, but that's just because my radar has always been a bit defective. That's on me. I've always loved this tune. And these days, it seems to ring out louder than it ever did before...

Monday, June 3, 2019

The Dark Side of Route 88...

I like a song that tells a story. If it's a rock 'n roll song to boot? Hey, good times. Bruce Springsteen is a master rock 'n roll storyteller. He's probably had more of that kind of tunes published than at least 97% of all other songwriters in the rock genre have managed to record.

 My favorite one, hands down, is "Spirit in the Night"...




Why it's my favorite? I think it's because I heard it a lot when I was small and impressionable. I always tried to visualize lyrics when I was a naive cub. Come to think of it, I still do years later, smarter, older, and surlier as I am.

The images this tune conjures, though... they were exotic and strange to me then; thirty-odd years later, I consider them thoroughly human. And no less fascinating. I'm not a cub anymore, haven't been for decades. But I'll always love a good story. And the Boss, I repeat, is a master rock 'n roll storyteller.

Enjoy...

Friday, May 17, 2019

My favorite King Crimson song?

Dinosaur.




...

And now, some K-pop...



Korean pop, that is. I was listening to the BBC the other day, and they were talking about how K-pop is taking the world by storm. I, of course, know nothing about it. So I go to YooToob. This, apparently, is K-pop's closest thing, to date, to Sgt. Pepper...

I gotta admit, that is one infectious beat. This video is something else, too. And I reckon this guy loves horses -- nothing wrong with that, it's just that when I hear this song, I don't think of horses. I think of shaking my butt. As a rock 'n roll guy, that suits me nicely.

All the same, it just doesn't resonate with me the way Fats Domino, Little Richard, The Beatles, or Elvis Presley do. It's really good, no question.

My point is, any music can make me shake my butt. Music is the only human creation that will ever have that sway over me. But this K-pop genre?

I'm sorry, folks, but it don't know shit about resonance...

Thursday, May 9, 2019

I'm gonna hate myself for laying this on my mother, but...

I have this affinity for rock 'n roll songs with unusual time signatures. Mom doesn't quite get that, but all right. I've done a thousand things she hasn't understood. Ask her about the time I somehow went from her parents' house to Main Street in Dunstable, Mass. while in diapers -- as I understand it, that was Warning Flag Number One. Sorry, Mom. All the same, half my genes did come from you. I'm guessing it was something about the mix into the other half that made me this way. No worries. I'm good with it.

Anyway, my favorite band is, not surprisingly, King Crimson.
And this...




Is my second favorite KC song. It starts out in 4/4, but most of it is in 13/8. Not only that, it builds up in intensity the way Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven" builds up in Oooh, YEAH.

And then? It goes back to 4/4. Resolution. And you're left in your room thinking, Dayamn.

Enjoy...

Monday, May 6, 2019

The suburbs have no charms to soothe the restless dreams of youth...

Damn right, Geddy...




Unfortunately for me, I didn't start to truly realize that til I was almost 40. Talk about better late than never.

Enjoy...

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Two two three, two two three, two three...

That's one way to keep track of a song that's mostly in 19/16 time.




This tune's real hard to dance to, but if you're not into dancing, I guess that doesn't matter.

Enjoy...