Thursday, July 12, 2007

Musical Scavenger Hunt

A few weeks ago, I happened upon an outdoor concert at Volunteer Park.  Between bands, they played some classic rock, including The Door's song L.A. Woman.  Even though I was concentrating on reading my book, I had one ear tuned to the paino solo, which I have probably heard forty six times before.   
 
On this Sunday, hearing this solo was like finding the prize on the bottom of the cereal box.  This little gem is hidden at the 21-second mark of the clip (2:55 if you have the full song), and is only two measures long.  Do you know what that's from?
 
Probably not.  If you do, let me know so I can shower you with accolades.  If you're curious to know, click for the answer
 
After I came home and listened to both songs, I still needed to confirm that this was a really a quote and not just a coincidence.  A quick search for both song titles returned a second opinion, so I'm glad to know I'm not alone in noticing this. 
 
Looking at the Pandora music genome project's features of this song (not L.A. Woman, the song whcih is quoted), it's no wonder it is one of favorites:
great musicianship
acoustic sonority
demanding instrumental part writing
a busy horn section
a vocal-centric aesthetic
a clear focus on recording studio production
electric rhythm guitars
prominent percussion
humorous lyrics
vocal harmonies
intricate arranging
Any song with all of these qualities is guaranteed to be awesome. 

1 comment:

  1. i think you have a weirdly incredible ability to store musical refrains in your head.

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