Daily Song Study

Peter Gabriel – Digging in the Dirt

In songs on January 16, 2012 at 3:05 pm

Songwriting can be a bit like cooking. The elements you combine are important, but often it’s the way you combine them that makes the difference.

This is probably one of the better examples of switching modes from introspection to rage in quick succession. The transition is made both lyrically and musically, and all in a very catchy manner.

It’s a contrast to our earlier Peter Gabriel study, wherein a mood is taken from one dynamic level to another in a very steady and climactic progression. Today’s tune throws those moods into sharp contrast, in the process showing us how interconnected they are.

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