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  •  And even younger ones ... (5+ / 0-)

    got "Spin the Bottle" by the Juliana Hatfield 3.

    •  what's interesting to me (2+ / 0-)
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      is that, beginning in the 60s and continuing up to the present day, there are several flavors of rock music that feature asymmetrical meters to varying extents....Brubeck did not invent them, but he certainly popularized them. He heard some (I believe) Eastern European folk music while on tour in the Army, and it's worth pointing out that this was a similar inspiration for Bela Bartok (under vastly different circumstances), who has also influenced later rock (particularly metal) styles.

      I just think it's funny that a crucial part of the appeal of this insanely popular and widely known music (the Time Out stuff in particular) is a very left-brained/geeky/technical innovation.

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      by nota bene on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 01:09:08 PM PST

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      •  The hard part ... (3+ / 0-)
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        milkbone, Bill W, PSzymeczek

        is writing something in odd time signatures and having it not be noticed, because the song itself is so good (Peter Gabriel's "Solsbury Hill" for example).

        •  That's true. (1+ / 0-)
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          The challenge is to make it singable and memorable enough that the casual listener doesn't realize it's in an unusual time signature.  Brubeck did it with Take Five, and the Beatles did it with All You Need is Love.  Just hope nobody tries to dance to it.

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