Daily Song Study

Jack Blanchard and Misty Morgan – Tennessee Birdwalk

In songs on September 30, 2011 at 9:12 am

One good songwriting trick is to bring elements of the verse back into the chorus. This is achieved, albeit in a very silly way, on this tune, a novelty number from the ’70s.

As I’ve mentioned before, I don’t use the term “novelty” as a pejorative. Many of the best tricks that George Martin brought to the Beatles albums are things that he learned while working on novelty songs. Sometimes the only way innovation in a particular genre occurs is when someone brings in something from another field that catches the audience’s ear because it’s unexpected in that format. A good thing to keep in mind.

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  1. Given the time that has passed there’s a lot here that is not exactly novelty. More very… like… something in a scene from a Quentin Tarantino movie where things are going slightly insane.

  2. Somebody send him this track.

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