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You Listen and You Learn

Since I have been focusing on sharpening my skills as a Songwriter, (which has completely overtaken my desire to be a ‘guitarist’) I decided to put the Beatles Revolver album in my car today. Which crazily enough, is the first time I’ve given the Beatles a good listen since my insatiable desire to better myself as a composer. So after listening to the album several times, I noticed how immediate Lennon/McCartney were in establishing a great melodic hook early on. It’s hard to find a Beatle song that doesn’t get your attention within 10 seconds. And what’s even more remarkable and interesting about this, is that almost every ‘Revolver’ song uses the VERSE as the main melodic hook. 

Most typical music and typical (good) music of today, uses the chorus as the focal point to get you interested. Which is the formula I have geared my brain to song write. Not that the verse should be unimportant or dull, but it’s usually the chorus that has that climactic release. Well the Beatles didn’t care to wait that long. 

This song I have attached ‘Got to Get You Into My Life’ (which we all know) grabs your attention immediately and uses the first line of the verse to do this. To establish a brilliant melody. This is the melody we sing. Over and over again. The ‘Got to Get You Into My Life’ is a statement at the end, which cements the title of the song - but not the lyrics of the melody that we associate with this song. 

I find something as little as that very interesting. Because if someone said to me or most other contemporary writers, “I want you to use ‘Got to Get You Into My Life’ for a song title”, I’m sure 9/10 people would wait till the chorus to sing something worth remembering. And only thinking of that line as the ‘hook’. That’s what’s so great. Lennon and McCartney didn’t think like that. The hook came immediately. 

I’m gonna go try this….

TjB

People often talk & argue who is the most influential iconic musician of all time? From Elvis to Marley to Lennon to Dylan. Initially, I would have said Elvis in an instant. However recently I’ve come to realize it was Mr. Bob Dylan who’s profound lyrical message’s lead to this social unrest & the forever awakening & realization that artists could write, sing & play whatever they wanted, regardless of whether or not it was socially & politically correct.
Dylan changed the landscape for popular music. From what I’ve read about him, Dylan had this insatiable drive to be “someone”…famous if you will. He knew he wasn’t the best folk guitar player around & definitely not the best singer. So what did he do? He channeled his energy through the strongest outlet he had going for him: his lyrics. The rest, as we know, is history……
If Dylan had not come along to rub the cat’s fur the wrong way, the Beatles entire discography would have been a collection of songs like “I wanna hold your hand”. It is not coincidental that when Bob finally became a international star The Beatles musical depth was taking shape to a whole other level of social relevance. The Beatles are only one of many examples who Dylan inspired. Bob Marley being another. Many had seen the impact & significance Dylan had conjured through his rebellious & in many ways, truthful outbursts. Today it is normal to hear a song that is controversial & lyrically daring. In fact, it’s quite common. However, there was a time where the lyrical content only went as far as “my woman’s gone & left me”….seriously. That was until Bob Dylan emerged to create a domino effect through the last 5 decades that has left a sustaining message & lyrical freedom that seems to be inscribed subconsciously within our boundaries of entitlement as musical artists. So for that, Mr. Dylan I thank you!
-T

People often talk & argue who is the most influential iconic musician of all time? From Elvis to Marley to Lennon to Dylan. Initially, I would have said Elvis in an instant. However recently I’ve come to realize it was Mr. Bob Dylan who’s profound lyrical message’s lead to this social unrest & the forever awakening & realization that artists could write, sing & play whatever they wanted, regardless of whether or not it was socially & politically correct.

Dylan changed the landscape for popular music. From what I’ve read about him, Dylan had this insatiable drive to be “someone”…famous if you will. He knew he wasn’t the best folk guitar player around & definitely not the best singer. So what did he do? He channeled his energy through the strongest outlet he had going for him: his lyrics. The rest, as we know, is history……

If Dylan had not come along to rub the cat’s fur the wrong way, the Beatles entire discography would have been a collection of songs like “I wanna hold your hand”. It is not coincidental that when Bob finally became a international star The Beatles musical depth was taking shape to a whole other level of social relevance. The Beatles are only one of many examples who Dylan inspired. Bob Marley being another. Many had seen the impact & significance Dylan had conjured through his rebellious & in many ways, truthful outbursts. Today it is normal to hear a song that is controversial & lyrically daring. In fact, it’s quite common. However, there was a time where the lyrical content only went as far as “my woman’s gone & left me”….seriously. That was until Bob Dylan emerged to create a domino effect through the last 5 decades that has left a sustaining message & lyrical freedom that seems to be inscribed subconsciously within our boundaries of entitlement as musical artists. So for that, Mr. Dylan I thank you!

-T