Monday, August 20, 2007
It's Not What You Play; It's What You Don't Play
"Day After Day" by Badfinger
Here's a great example of musicians exercising restraint.
George Harrison guitar solo: not a single unnecessary note!
Leon Russell piano embellishments: not a single unnecessary note!
Pete Ham guitar solo: not a single unnecessary note!
After the second verse, Russell plays a staccato piano line to lead into a soaring slide solo. It's transcendent!
Too bad The Beatles broke up, but at least it freed up George to produce this standout. (I'll need to write more about George in a later post).
After hearing this three-minute jewel literally a thousand times it still feels new...
You hate to use the word "sublime" (it's more worthy of Bach), but for teenage bubblegum music, this gets pretty close.
Ignore the hippies-in-nature video and turn the song up loud.