A good song is a good song

I’ve been reading a lot about the controversy of a couple of nominations in the 54th Annual Grammys.  There is Eddie Vedder in the folk category.  Hmm, there’s one more name, but it escapes me at the moment.

And in the past, there have been questionable awards given to artists like Jethro Tull, in hard rock and metal.

It is of my opinion that a song is like a good steak.  (Or a good piece of tofu, for the vegetarian music lover.)

I am the queen of sauces!  I love sauces!!  The french invented so many sauces, because back in the day, the meat was bad, and they had to cover it up so it would taste decent.  But you could still get food poisoning.

The first, and most important ingredient to a song, is the song.

If you have a good piece of meat, you don’t need any sauce at all.  Just a little salt.  (Although I could bathe in béarnaise!)

One instrument represents the salt.  One guitar, one piano, one ukulele.  

So, if Eddie Vedder takes his brilliant song writing, and decides to use the sauce sparingly, to taste the purity, why not?  It’s delicious.

Any good songwriter can dress-up or dress down any song they have written.

However, take a hugely, over produced piece of spoiled meat, and scrape off the sauce, and serve that up?  Probably not too appetizing.

So, personally, I have no objection to Eddie Vedder going into folk.  Maybe he’s mellowing out.  Maybe he’s not into loud anymore.  Or likes both, depending on his mood.

And there ain’t nothing wrong with loud.  I CRANK “Ten” at eleven!  But I also zone out to Aaron Copland, or Burt Bacharach.

But musicians evolve.  If you can write a good song, you can serve it with any sauce you want.



3 Responses to “A good song is a good song”

  1. December 30, 2011 at 9:52 AM

    And like… I don’t remember who… said, “it’s ALL ‘folk music’ – you don’t ever hear horses singin’ none of it.”

  2. December 30, 2011 at 10:11 AM

    I love your take on a good song. Songs that have to be overproduced to sound good just probably weren’t that good in the first place! Granted, there seem to be songs that live in one sauce and that can’t be transferred easily to another (try a slab of fresh tofu with greasy beef gravy, maybe not so good, but there are any number of soy-sauce based or vinagrette sauces that tofu would does very well with). Thanks for the great article!

  3. December 31, 2011 at 12:19 AM

    That’s an interesting and profound statement “a good song is like a good piece of meat. it doesn’t need anything except a little salt” 🙂

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