Daily Song Study

Joshua James – Coal War

In songs on December 22, 2011 at 9:03 pm

Surprises in pop music are good, and this song is full of them.

Nearly two minutes into the tune, all we’ve heard are vocals and percussion, each of those building slowly in complexity. Then out of nowhere comes not only a full band, but a succession of dynamically diverse passages that, lo and behold, bring us back to where we began.

Bringing all these different elements in and making them mesh can be a tricky songwriting job, but few things will separate a writer from the pack more quickly. Definitely made me sit up straighter.

  1. I can learn a lot from this song.

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