Daily Song Study

Doug Burr – Whippoorwill

In songs on November 8, 2011 at 11:35 am

Doug Burr is a songwriter from Denton, Texas who comes from the folk gospel tradition, but his lyrics are universal enough to appeal to a much broader audience. In today’s tune, he brings back the old poetic theme of wishing to be a bird, here in a very artful way.

Particularly haunting is the bridge, which adds a darker dimension that gives me chills every time. Note that the bass doesn’t come in until that point, nor do the backup vocals. Sometimes leaving a few elements in reserve can help bring a section out with greater power, an approach well demonstrated here.

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  1. […] fact, the lyrics only hint at menace in the middle of the song, saving the big reveal for the end. As I mentioned last time, keeping something in reserve is an excellent technique that works as well in songs as in fiction, […]

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