Sunday, April 16, 2006

Little Earthquakes

So...i feel the need to blog....becaaaaause it's been about 3 weeks...

This week - Tori Amos's "Little Earthquakes"..one of the best debut albums ever put out by an artist. She's absolutely amazing..writes and play all her own music. and she only plays those pianos that have the extra bass notes on them that are black...Bosen..something or other....anyway..she has a distinct style and voice.. and she is just a phenomenal lyricist.
"China" - an ethereal sounding piece with soft piano that has chimey high passages and constant sound of strings that are somewhat dronish...this is about as close to a ballad that she gets ..china is used a metaphor for the distance she feels from her loved one..she says...how can you expect me to love you when you build a great wall around you..
"Happy Phantom" - the best song on the album...just a carefree somewhat nonsensical song that sings the praises of just living your life freely and without regret... "they say confuscious does his crossword witha a pen"..."if i die today i'll be the happy phantom..and i'll go chasin the nuns out in the yard.." "i'll get a ticket to the universal opera with Judy Garland taking Buddha by the hand"... the piano part is what makes this song what it is as well...its kind of parlor ragtime is..with a steady pattern in the base and lots of quick syncopated rhythms in the right hand...
"Leather" - i picture this song in a cabaret setting..she keeps her voice lower and more breathy and the beat being kept in the bass....the constant chord chord chord chord..it seems like a simple piece at first with just the piano her voice and low strings..but then an electric guitar shows up to had some texture and syncopation
"little earthquakes" - it starts off with a slow rumbling sound...always with piano..but this time there's timpani that beats out a constant dotted quarter, eighth, quarter, 2 sixteenth note pattern...the the eruption comes when she adds like a small chorus to her sound and strings and electric guitar string eighth notes that teeter on do ti do ti do ti do over the more powerful drums and she repeats again and again..give me my life give me myself again
"me and a gun" - this song is very haunting..she sings it acappella and it's in a minor key with a folksongish feel to it.....its her artistic representation of what she went through as she was getting raped. (tori amos is a spokesperson for R.A.I.N.N)....."these things go thru your head when a man is on your back...and you're pushed on your stomach...."...this is really a song that needs to be listened to first-hand...
"silent all these years" - in my opinion..this song is the prettiest piano melody she's written ..off beat chords over a constant blur of arppeggios in her left hand....and there's also actual chimes in this one ..i really cant seem to get the meaning of her words in this one..."but what if i'm a mermaid in these jeans of yours with her name still on them.....sometimes i hear my voice and it's been silent all these years"....from the ourburst that comes in the middle of the calm of the music..when she is practically banging on the piano and belting..and saying "years go by and i still keep waiting"..its someone who's had something done to them for a long time that they just dont want to deal with anymore and need to find what it takes in them to say something
"winter" - the chorus is the most beautiful part of this song and the only part i really pay attention to.....whew..i am sleepy...

No comments: