Tag Archives: Laura Nyro

Great Love, “My man”: Laura Nyro, “Tom Cat Goodby” (1969)

What would it be like to hear real love in music? What would declare it adequately? Would there be a sound of ecstatic transport–soaring high notes, a fluttering up and down scales, Melisma City? Or would there be a sound … Continue reading

Posted in Passions & Attitudes, Rock Aesthetics | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

The Note That Nails: Spoon, “The Book I Write” (2006)

I don’t say there’s one best use of a piano, but the wonderful single piano notes I’d like to praise here are in welcome contrast with many piano parts I dislike. All too often in jazz and rock settings it … Continue reading

Posted in Arrangements and Sounds, Rock Aesthetics | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Sun Came Out: Fugazi, “Floating Boy” (1998) and Laura Nyro, “Mercy On Broadway” (1969)

An awesome hook arrives around 1:18 and then returns massively around 1:55 in Fugazi’s “Floating Boy.”  It’s a kind of event that has impressed me on other occasions—including somewhere in Pavement, and halfway through Beck’s “Novacane”—but I’ve never known what … Continue reading

Posted in Arrangements and Sounds, Rock Aesthetics | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment