Keep It Simple, Stupid (a Progger's Lament)
In which I ponder the eternal questions such as why most pop songs stick resolutely to a simple 4/4 beat even though my prog rock sensibilities are sent into raptures by anything in less common time signatures. It's not that people don't *like* odd time signatures, as far as I'm aware - when I've played the middle section of King Crimson's "Starless" to non-musician friends that all agree it's a sublime piece of music but not one of them was even remotely interested to learn that it's in 13/8.
Weird. This track is just as complicated as the previous one was, but this one only took an afternoon to finish. Most odd.
I had fun with this one, though. It starts with me playing the Hohner acoustic my aunt found for me in an Oxfam shop twenty years ago and gets considerably more grandiose as things (ahem) progress. There are even Mellotron flutes in there. And listening back to this now I'm getting that "did I do that?" feeling so I'm marking this one down as a favourite.
And I'm glad you asked: yes, there *are* pop songs in 17/8. Give "Hollow" by Bjork a listen, and start counting... https://youtu.be/78YQohwjuoc
Thursday's Twitch livestream features a segment on the making of this track. https://youtu.be/Wf50VtfHyP4
They told me, "Keep it simple, stupid."
It seemed a simple thing to ask
But when it comes to writing pop songs,
I guess I'm not up to the task
The truth is painful, though it's easy to state:
"Folk'll take four on the floor over 17/8."
I'll run with each idea that finds me
Then push it 'til it falls apart
There's no restraint that's going to bind me
When I've a passion for my art
And at this point I understand
that things have gotten out of hand
Now the embellishments are multiplying
And each time I look, there's something more
It's just that I find this all so satisfying
so here's my new orchestral score
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