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Friday, October 24, 2008

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Very nice. "Dusty in Memphis" is one my favorite albums.

Good story behind it, too:


It's the best.

The stunning part of this song as a composition is the number of bars in each section. Normally you'd get 4 or 8, but count this off. The first verse starting w/ the vocals is 7 the chorus is 6. But when you get to the bridge which is one of the great bridges ever - you get 8. Getting the standard 8 after the unorthodox 6's and 7 makes the thing just blow up on the line, "Looking to see how much we've grown." This is brilliant and you can feel the excitement in the song go ballistic.
Josef Hayden had a similar trick in one of his pieces and it blew my mind back in college. You can also hear it in "I've Got You Babe" where 3 bars in the verses replace the normal 4 or 8. Anytime you go against the routine in the number of bars, you are on your way to something different and when it works it's tremendous.

Who wrote this? John Hurley and Ronnie Wilkins. Can't say I've ever heard of them before this. Quite a song, and Jerry Wexler and Arif Mardin produced it to a T.

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