Wednesday, April 13, 2005

"big yellow taxi" by Joni Mitchell

I like Joni's version so much better than the Counting Crows' version with Vanessa Carlton...

It starts out with a guitar intro for 4 measures with a sequence, then she comes in with the first verse, which is another 4 measure phrase. The bongos are always played on the downbeat. The cadences are always authentic. On the verses, the guitar seems to mimic her-there's kind of a call and response thing going on.
It's interesting, because "don't is always seem to go, that you don't know what you got til it's gone"seems to function independently from the rest of the chorus. It's just these two measures, and then it goes back to the regular instrumentation. It is always played the same, with a change in density-only finger cymbals are played , no drums or bongos, which sounds kind of cool. The cymbals change to the off beats on the second measure. The backup singers sing "shoo bop bop bop bop" right when she says "lot" ("they paved paradise, and put up a parking lot")

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