I don’t think I’ve had a favorite band in 20 years, but I do now.
Part of the appeal is the singer’s (Victoria Legrand’s) voice, which is deep and reminds me a bit of Karen Carpenter, although the style is very different, more like that of male singers in 70’s pop and rock bands. Another part of the appeal is the songwriting, the chords and the melody and how the pieces are put together – the kinds of songs I would like to write. The songs are written by Legrand and Alex Scally. And the third part of the appeal is the dreamy, droning style of constant arpeggios, like if Philip Glass were to have written pop songs. This … Read the rest
I heard this song on “The Joint”, channel 80 on XM/Sirius. It was a complete earwig for me – just couldn’t get it out of my head, like the first time I heard Rhianna’s “Umbrella” or Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy”. I wonder if this will be the big song of the summer. When I lived in New York, particularly in Harlem, it seemed each summer there would be one song that I heard constantly throughout the day, from cars and apartment windows and those guys who walk around with boomboxes on their shoulders; although that doesn’t seem quite so common anymore.
Rudyard Kipling is an interesting poet to study these days. His notions of the White Man’s Burden seem so outdated, yet his experiences in Colonial India have echoes in the actions of the U.S. in Iraq and Afghanistan.
I had some music snippets and thought it would be a good exercise to fill them out using an existing poem as the basis for rhythm and structure.
I chose Kipling’s “Mandalay” because it had a structure that would work with what I already had melodically, and the verses are very visual.