Sunday, September 2, 2012

Song #246 of 9999 - Elizabeth the Great by Frankie Big Face

Song #246 of 9999 

Title: Elizabeth the Great
Artist: Frankie Big Face
Year: 2012
Album: Nur Ein 7

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For some reason, I took a lot of flack for this song. The main complaint seemed to be that I made it seem too "effortless" or that I "phoned it in." I'm frankly dumbfounded by this kind of criticism. But I have heard of this kind of thing before and even felt it about Mozart when I was younger. That his music was just too perfect. There were no rough edges and that made it seem almost mechanical by nature. (By the way, I am not comparing myself to Mozart...duh.) Although I did write and record this song quickly—I didn't have anything until 36 hours before it was due—a lot of effort went into crafting it. It is a manufactured song without question, but so is almost everything that came out of Motown so what's the problem?

Anyway, enough of that. I made a jaunty song about a spoiled brat toddler who longs to escape from the perceived tyranny of her parents. I'm really happy with the bass tone, the backing vocals, the no-time-for-breathing lyrics—it all works. I chose the unusual solo instrument because it sounded primitive (i.e. child-like) and reminded me of a kid banging on pots and pans with wooden spoons. The ending is a little corny, but I had to figure a way out of the song (and also incorporate a dramatic tempo change) and it sufficed. It's fun to switch genres and write a cute song once in a while, even if it stirs up the internet haters! ;)

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