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Outro #5: What is tuning in?

Thesis #1: 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 … 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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The Study of Funk: Jon Cleary and the Absolute Monster Gentlemen, “Sometimes I Wonder” (2002)

The point of funk, I take it, is to funk it up, to alter a groove from what the hacks perform and the chumps expect—above all, delivering the rhythmic punch not on the usual schedule but, probably, after, on a … Continue reading

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The Greatest Chord: XTC, “Another Satellite” (1985)

What makes for a great chord?[1]  It depends on context and mood and purpose, obviously, but some generalizations can be made.  In jazz, Tin Pan Alley, and Broadway music there’s a well-trodden trail of chord enrichment.  You add the seventh … Continue reading

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