Pasty Cline died today in 1963. The man who co-wrote “I Fall To Pieces”, Harlan Howard, said this of recording the hit:
On the night of the session, we absolutely did NOT want to do the standard 4:4 shuffle that had by then been done to death. We were trying all kinds of other (basic rhythm) combinations, but they all just laid there and bled all over the floor. So it had to be the shuffle then, like it or not. But the amazing thing was, once Patsy got into the groove, she just caressed those lyrics and that melody so tenderly that it was just like satin. We knew we had magic in the can when, on the fourth take, every grown man in that studio was bawling like a baby and Bradley said `That’s the one’.
Apparently Patsy hadn’t been into the song or the arrangement either (thank you Wikipedia). But it happened. And for this we are grateful.
Here it is in all its glory and grace from the goddess of satin singing country sad songs herself.
this is the first Vernous video (oh, there will be more), complete with appearances by the sweet faces of Nico and Gabriel, all inside a tiny triangular periwinkle kitchen. the song is ∆ “Slumber Party” ∆ big dankes to Sam and Elisa and Gabe for their biiig contributions Please share/post/whatever you like to do on le web, and THANK YOU for watching!!
Anonymous asked: I have obscene amounts of 4 or 8 bar loops with complete chord sequences, bass lines, harmonies by other instruments etc. How do i stretch these out to make a full song? I kinda feel like it would be cheating if i would just add/fade in a new instrument every 4 bars, there must be better ways.
this is a book the KLF wrote wherein they discuss “the golden rules” of pop songs and the mechanical way they can be constructed, it’s a good place to start and they do a very thorough job of walking the reader through the process of turning a desire to make a song into a completed song in a way that’s designed to be helpful even if the reader has never done it before
Read this (at the link) and loved it. Wish there were an up to date one for this decade. Maybe there is….somewhere…
"…your conditioned brain will tell you it’s all a pile of shite and pale into insignificance compared to the Golden Era in Pop, when you were on the cusp of your adolescent years. Dig deeper into your heart and you will know that you are just lying to yourself. All eras in pop music are golden ages, or will be looked upon as such by the only generation that matters at any given time. Not only are all ages in chart pop equal, chart pop never changes, it only appears to change on its surface level.”