Wednesday, April 18, 2012
The Sound Of Bittersweet
Have you ever really listened to "Singalong Junk" off of Sir Paul's solo debut? I thought I had until that damned iPod shuffle smacked me upside the head again.
2:37 of what I bet was considered throwaway upon its initial release...like much of "McCartney" still inexpicably is... "Singalong Junk" captures a Beatle's lifetime in what I feel is one of the most hauntingly beautiful melodies ever written. But what struck me on this particular go-around were the counter-melodies, specifically, the two being played on the bass and the low strings of the electric guitar, respectively.
That McCartney is playing everything is also slightly mind-boggling. Not because there is anything too complicated. But because this track does not have the one man demo-ey feel that a lot of the album has. It has layers of music that belie its brief running time and its trifling existence.
Wednesday, 4/18, 2012. I'm calling it.
"Singalong Junk" is a masterpiece.