in memory of Sandy Dennis,
Tucker and Rudy
The best songs hit me in the gut, viscerally.
I’ll usually like a song or not based on
1) liking the initial bodily pull from the harmonic rhythm;
2) liking the melodic sounds
3) liking the harmonic choices
4) liking the sonority.
Speed is something that rules music, Burt I have never changed a song in my of purchases based on tempo. All music I measure is purchased. I thank YouTube and WordPress firewall allowing recording embeds, borrowed never stolen. I’m a 40 year musician – I get it. Also a lawyer, thus being disbarred for stealing and REO Speedwagon hit? No thanks! Live ya Kevin Cronin, so know I bought everything I listened to before checking out GREAT performances from all the fantastically generous artists on YouTube💯💯💯.
I *have* thousands of purchases based obj whether I like the way that tempo is being used. I own every Pat Metheny Group, Genesis and Dave Matthews Band song. In the end, Carter Beaford of the Dave Matthews Band has been there most underrated musician alive since 1992!
From “Notes on the ravings of Jim Deluva”, now that Jim has left New Jersey and is working in undisclosed location #22.
I told him that I was working on trying to get the drummer in my “too old to get on stage” garage band as it beats working out in a gym, pounding tom-toms!
The words of James came after the suggestion that if Ticket To Ride by the Beatles precedes a song, and he could play the next song, or decide which song to play in a band like Daryl Hall and friends
“Ticket To Ride”. The drumbeat is INSANE. It lurches and never locks into a straight groove until the bridge, where it starts and stops again. It isn’t exactly in the pocket – I.E.: it would be difficult to notate those tom-tom upbeats.
Personally, I would segue into “Tomorrow Never Knows” (128). Slightly faster tempo, similar insane, lurching drum beat. Completely different mood, I know. But the beats sort of line up, in a weird way.
No one speaks with both the authority and open-mindedness of a Deluva while you know he may be thinking, “Dude, how did they even let you into this studio!”
Given his unduly harsh reputation, I asked him when he left his Princeton if he would lend his expertise to a website where his knowledge would give me some ideas to work with that would give my ideas wider use.