David Kowalski (David)
Post Number: 157
|Posted on Monday, July 19, 2004 - 9:40 am: |
Well, since the first peeks of this exciting new venture are now appearing on a regular basis, I thought it was time to start a thread about it.
I'll start by asking the band for some clarification:
I know it might be too early for there to be truly official titles yet but, assuming you've been playing the same three excerpts over the last few weeks, I'm seeing a number of variant titles. So, are the preferred titles
I love what I heard of this set in Morristown, BTW and am very anxious to hear more!
- Leave It or Leave It To Me
- Giving It Away, Giving It All Away or Giving It Up
- Way To See the USA, Surfing the Couches or Surfing the Couches of New York
P.S. Thanks for the 5/4!
Brendan Milburn (Brendan)
Post Number: 39
|Posted on Monday, July 19, 2004 - 10:51 am: |
Leave It To Me
Giving It All Away
The Way To See America
Surfing the Couches of New York City
glad you're digging them!
J Bradley Oakes (Bradley)
Post Number: 1
|Posted on Wednesday, February 02, 2005 - 1:14 pm: |
This is a sweet project.
It looks like it is moving well, and will be as good as or even better than "Striking 12." ;-)
David Kowalski (David)
Post Number: 179
|Posted on Friday, February 04, 2005 - 8:29 am: |
If I might lapse into some musical geek-speak:
After having heard a few more performances of The Way To See America, I have to say that it strikes me as one of the most wonderfully distorted uses of 5/4 I've ever heard in a pop song. On the rare occasions when somebody does a pop tune or arrangement in 5/4, it almost always takes on that sort of "waltz-with-a-missing-beat-every-other-measure" feel of Brubeck's Take Five (BTW, that's not even close to being a dig at Brubeck...he's one of my all-time favorite jazzers and Take Five is a true classic...it's the boatload of other people who have ripped it off in second-rate arrangements that leaves me bored). There may be a bit of that at the very end of Way To See but throughout most of it, the whacky syncopations of the violin make this an absolute joy to listen to...one of the most rhythmically interesting songs I've ever come across outside of prog-rock circles.
I've always had a huge regard for music (actually, any art form) which manages to be accessible at the surface level while exhibiting complexities of either embellishment or overall structure below the surface...a true "something-for-everybody" approach to music. Very few people can pull this off but V/B/G, you three do make it happen far more often than most. Everytime I get present to just how consistently you keep stretching yourselves, it not only turns me on musically, it actually inspires me to be more excited and adventurous in life!