Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Here's where the strings come in

Yellow Cello
Artist: Jossy Lownes

La Nuit On A Toujours Tout - Delaney

For the first few measures, it's almost Pachelbel's Canon in D. Pluck, pluck. Tentative. Then, strum, strum, familiar, as it gains momentum and waltzes into pop song territory. " La Nuit On A Toujours Tout," is a pop song--an astonishing French one--that adopts the idiom of classical chamber music as deftly as many rock tunes fill that space between the second and third chorus with an electric guitar solo. Melody, counterpoint; strings swooping in and retreating. Breathtaking moments every 30 seconds or so, but a particularly moving passage begins at 4:02.

I will never buy the argument that pop music is, in the end, insignificant. Even if it has to borrow from other, more rarefied, traditions to make its magnificent point.

Eleanor Rigby - The Beatles

Trimmed and Burning - Andrew Bird


Delaney, Delaney (Perh Records, iTunes)

Revolver, The Beatles (Amazon: US, UK)

"Trimmed and Burning" is a Mississippi Fred McDowell cover played in studio on Radio France. (Thanks for that, Mike.)


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