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Two Songs: An exercise in futility [Aug. 19th, 2011|10:17 am]
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Hey, the first one was easy: Solsbury Hill by Peter Gabriel. Except that I can't tell you why I love it so much. It just makes me happy to hear it. For no reason. If it comes on the radio in the car, I will make you shut up while I crank it. I don't even own a copy of it. Which, in this day and age of MP3s and downloads is dumber than dumb. But I almost feel the same way about it as I do about only eating fruit (and other foods) when it's properly in season. When you can have something year round, on demand, whenever you want it, it loses its specialness. 9 months without peaches and that first perfect peach is incredible. That's how I feel about this song.

Huh. And I've been delaying this post for two days because I thought I dunno, I don't have anything to SAY about it. Obviously, those writing exercises in college paid off: "Class, I present to you a bottle cap. 300 words, the clock starts now."

The second one was harder...I mean, okay, let's go with "song" as opposed to "music" so that eliminates a lot -- but then what other criteria should you use? I love music, all sorts of music. And the only thing I like better than music is when it's married with awesome lyrics.

So, let's go with the song that catapaulted me from my pre-teen Osmond Brothers, Partridge Family Carpenters, whatever pop music was on the radio phase. (Before you judge, at the same time, I was getting actively hooked on Baroque, harpsichords and lutes...go figure, the human brain is an amazing thing.)

So, the song that opened doors, that made me go to Caldor's and plunk down $5 of my own hard-earned baby-sitting money, the first album I ever bought on my own: My Aim is True. And that was because of this song -- the music, the raw voice, the lyrics, omygoodness this was clever: Watching the Detectives.
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[User Picture]From: sestree
2011-08-19 02:32 pm (UTC)
Part of the reason you like Solisbury Hill is the way it flows. It's in 7/4 which is an unusual time signature. Then the chorus goes into regular 4/4 at one point.

Where 5/4 is heavily syncopated (think some of Wolgemut's music), 7/4 actually flows. It almost feels like a waltz and you *can* waltz to it, if you hold one beat. Or it feels like it starts each phrase slightly early. Good times. Watching people with no rhythm try to dance to that -- best times I've had.

FWIW, I was listening to Alice Cooper, Chicago, and Mozart in the same time period. If you like Baroque, like unusual time signatures, etc, you're probably much more mathematically oriented than you realize. You'd make a good percussionist.

((btw - this one is going to be the veriest bitch for me))
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[User Picture]From: barbmg
2011-08-20 01:20 am (UTC)
Caldor's! Man, I haven't thought about that store in a long time.
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