Saturday, October 04, 2008

Narration in music

Been listening to Planxty's The Little Drummer, which I've always loved. The lyrics and the story waver between ludicrous and reprehensible, and yet there is a mesmeric effect to the whole. It just flows so perfectly, a wonderful combination of Christy's voice and the intricate string work of Donal Lunny and Andy Irvine. It strikes me that this is truly storytelling and narration in music. To be able to get this sort of rhythm and propulsion in words - that must be the aspiration As soon as this song starts it begins to gallop and it never lets up until it finishes. There is nothing wasted, no longeurs, no unnecessary adornments, just pure music and pure storytelling. Something to aspire to.

Shocker of a haircut on Christy though.

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