Tag Archives: The Beatles

Outro #4: On Paying Tribute

What good does it do to pay tribute? What does it accomplish to declare to the world that you see the worth of something, that you thrill to it? The question seems pressing to me after my last post, which … Continue reading

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Advanced Riffs: Radiohead 1997-2011

“Riff” is a term of uncertain origin and very loose usage. The theory that it’s an abbreviation of “refrain” (as part of a song) is plausible, given that repetition is the premise and in some sense the goal of riffing.[1] … Continue reading

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The Connector Hook

Late have I discovered that David Bordwell proposes his own distinctive hook concept for purposes of analyzing movie continuity. A Bordwellian hook is an image or sound idea at the end of a scene that is picked up again at … Continue reading

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Intensity Ruse: Joan Osborne, “Right Hand Man” (1995)

Music is intense—it’s an intensification of tone and felt time—but a paradox of music is that its intensity ploys generate their own defeaters. The especially pure or loud tone just is the recognized idiom of that singer or instrument—the means, … Continue reading

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Killer Trochees: The Temptations, “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg” (1966)

“Ain’t Too Proud To Beg” is a major hook mystery. How can a song so great be so monotonous? Well, of course it’s not monotonous at all; it more than makes up for its lack of melodic and harmonic variety … Continue reading

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Supernormal Stimulus: The Huge Guitar Tone

Father’s Day 2013 I first read about the supernormal stimulus in one of Joseph Campbell’s books where he was explaining religious psychology in terms of the captivating power of exaggerated attributes.[1] He cited Niko Tinbergen’s observation that a male grayling … Continue reading

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Too Good: Derek and the Dominos, “Bell Bottom Blues” (1970)

A track can have extraordinary impact in many different ways. Here is a way that depends on a sense of limited access. Perhaps the experience I am about to describe can no longer be had in the age of universal … Continue reading

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