I woke up in the middle of the night last night. That doesn’t happen very often. In fact, it’s extremely rare. Sadly I had only been asleep for about 2 hours when I had woken. Running thru my head was a a lyric idea for a song. The lyric was “When a heart tears its like a snowflake / No two ever tear quite the same” and I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I fired up my lappy and away I went whipping up lyrics for an entire song. I had it all down within about 30 minutes. The song ended up being called Blizzard.
I had a lot going on in my head. Stuff to process, stuff that will define who I plan on being as a person for the rest of my life. I guess you don’t always know when your brain is going to process information. Usually it’s during the day for me. This time it was all night. I finally fell back asleep around 6:30 am. Then I was up at 8:30. I’ve been doing some serious soul searching on myself. Mostly because I’ve finally met someone that inspires me and that person is waffling on how they feel about me. Not that I want her to be inspired, but rather as the old Cheap Trick song goes, I want you to want me.
I’m turning to a band that has a strange name: Panic! At the Disco. I’ve heard about them for a while and then one day someone sat me down to listen to this particular song – Nine in the Afternoon. What struck me instantly was the old school Beatles vibe of the piano and the drums drums. Then came the interesting arrangement of other instruments. While learning the song, I ended up noticing that at the end of the verse there’s a real odd thing that happens. Much like the band name and the title of the song, odd. I initially thought that the drums were reversing the beat as so much of the rest of the music kept moving forward. Nope, actually what happens is the band drops an 8th note on the last measure. It’s likely something that only a musician would ever pick up on – clever!
Because of the way the beat works, it’s very hard for most people to even notice.
It doesn’t hurt that the singer Brendon Urie has a real unique voice as well. It fits perfectly over this orchestrated rock style music. I dig it. I love the horns, the pomp and circumstance and the fact that they’re taking a big chance in their writing to do things like drop the music out and go with claps, choral singing, and other ear candy type of arranging. It’s cool.
Go get it, explore and enjoy!