Daily Song Study

Ronnie Milsap – Am I Losing You

In songs on October 10, 2011 at 1:26 pm

One of the most chronically overlooked aspects of songwriting is the incorporation of instrumental melodies that compliment those being carried by the vocal. It’s an approach frequently used in older jazz tunes, and for a time carried over into country music as well, as in today’s example, written by Jim Reeves in 1957. Here it’s delivered by Ronnie Milsap, in his 1981 chart-topping version that sticks very close to the original.

This technique has spanned genres for a long time, finding voice in the works of Led Zeppelin, Depeche Mode, Paul Simon, & Cake, among many others. Well-written chords and vocals are just fine, but taking an extra step on occasion to add another element can make a song unique, not to mention showing listeners a higher level of craftsmanship.

  1. […] mentioned the idea of instrumental hooks before, and here’s a case where that takes on as much importance as the vocal […]

  2. […] of each time through, the listener has been taken on quite a journey. The band also makes use of the aforementioned instrumental hooks to bolster the vocal ones. Innovative without being showy. Just try playing it, you’ll see […]

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