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Chops (Piano Edition): Billy Joel, "Prelude" (1976)

By Jonathan Bellman

Particularly for those of us who play instruments, one hook before which we are powerless is The Hook On Our Own Instrument That Must Be Figured Out.  436 more words

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Greatest Dylan Hooks

What a great day, in a categorically confusing way: a popular songwriter has won the Nobel Prize for literature!

We must pay our respects! What for you is the greatest hook in Dylan’s lyrics, and why do you pick it? 197 more words

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Fluency: Robben Ford, "Talk To Your Daughter" (1988)

I’m breaking a cardinal rule for Hooks posts and writing one without any analytical idea about the track that calls forth my tribute. That’s the thing: that Robben Ford’s lead guitar licks in “Talk To My Daughter” are so deeply satisfying without having anything surprising or otherwise grabbing about them. 237 more words

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Great Love, "My man": Laura Nyro, "Tom Cat Goodby" (1969)

What would it be like to hear real love in music? What would declare it adequately? Would there be a sound of ecstatic transport–soaring high notes, a fluttering up and down scales, Melisma City? 481 more words

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Creepy Love #2, "So fine": Jefferson Airplane, "Watch Her Ride" (1967)

I knew with my last post I’d taken at least one too many swipes at love in song, and it was past time to go positive on this topic. 763 more words

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The Creepiest Love Trope: The Philosopher Kings, "All To Myself" (1994)

This is not exactly a neglected topic, but you know how it is: you hear a song you really like and it starts you thinking again. 750 more words

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