Category Archives: Rock Aesthetics

Outro #5: What is tuning in?

The most important thing you have done in your music listening career, besides turning out for concerts and turning on your devices, is tuning in. Music does many catchy things to ingratiate itself. But there’s the Paradox of Ingratiation: a … Continue reading

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Little Things: Linda Ronstadt, “You’re No Good” (1974)

I had it planned: the last post before my exit (Outro #5, still coming) was to be on Little Feat, returning to the first band featured on this site. But while I was in the neighborhood of 1974 I dawdled … Continue reading

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Giving Us a Hard Time: Little Feat, “Fat Man In The Bathtub” (1973)

OK, I mean this in a male sexual way: our hero in “Fat Man In The Bathtub,” Spotcheck Billy, is having a HARD TIME getting sex with Juanita. Thus we don’t experience the song as proceeding “in its own good … Continue reading

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In Our Own Good Time: Little Feat, “Rock ‘N’ Roll Doctor” (1974)

Something you could say generally about phrasing is that it expresses an ownership of time: good players and singers proceed in their own good time and aren’t merely hustled along by the programmed “good time” of the song’s beat that everyone … Continue reading

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Joy: The Beatles, “Here Comes The Sun” (1969)

Easter 2018 This is a movie hook post that wants to become a music hook post. I’m starting with an image from Tarzan and His Mate (1934), one of a number of production stills in which Maureen O’Sullivan looks very happy indeed … Continue reading

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Am I Early? XTC, “Earn Enough For Us” (1986)

You can’t always assume you’ll be welcome if you arrive earlier than expected. In music, at least, there are some generally good ways to grab your audience by showing up early, some of which have been discussed on this site: … Continue reading

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The Combination: Baby Animals, “Painless” (1991)

In the past I’ve lamented the quick passing of a moment of peak interest in a song. Like on an actual mountain peak, you have to face the fact that there’s scarcely anything there and 99% of your time is … Continue reading

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