Reader Advisory: An End Is Near

Kind reader:

I have gotten to the end of my Hooks essays, for now.  Not by coincidence was my last post on Ways of Ending.  Next I will post an outro, “What I’ve Learned So Far,” to note a few general points that have emerged for me in this exercise.  The site will stay up for whoever would like to file further comments or essays.

Meanwhile, you might have another look at The Max, or, The Milton Babbitt Hook, because I did come up with some examples of a rock Max (and, as always, am still looking for more).

If you care to know, the five most-visited posts on Hooks since June 2009 are

1.  By far, Andrew Goodwin’s post on “Black Dog”—there’s the charisma of the Professor of Pop, and then there are people every day who want to know more about BD’s time structure:

Killer Changes of Time Signature, Syncopation, Pulse & Tempo in Led Zeppelin’s “Black Dog” (1971)

2. The count for the “Big Time Sensuality” post was elevated by a passing craze for “Bjork naked” searches:

The Naked: Björk, “Big Time Sensuality” (Fluke remix) (1993)

3. It appears that many searchers click on the “seven nation army meaning” option at the bottom of the first Google page:

Is Rock Kidding? The White Stripes, “Seven Nation Army” (2003)

4.  Never underestimate interest in Led Zeppelin:

Killer Tempo: Led Zeppelin, “Since I’ve Been Loving You” (1970)

5.  Or in odd meter:

Odd Meter: Pink Floyd, “Money” (1973)



About Steve Smith

Professor of Philosophy & Religious Studies and Director of Film Studies at Millsaps College
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