Thursday, December 18, 2008
It was the third of September
I love the beginning instrumental of "Papa Was a Rolling Stone" by the Temptations because it embodies the concept of point of view, which is a sacred tenet of good writing. I guess that's why the word composition applies to music as well as my chosen craft.
A YouTube doesn't really do "Papa" justice. You have to listen to it on a better stereo or with headphones. When you do, you hear the specific attitude of each instrument. They enter the song just like an actor steps onto a stage. Each one is fleshed out, there to do a job on its own and as part of the whole. If I were to choose one to share my bed with, it would have to be the horn that comes in at about 32 seconds into the clip.
Anyway, that's how my brain works. "Papa" isn't just a song, it's a perfectly orchestrated group of characters. I so dig that.