Greg Veen

9 November 2005

Moments matter!

I've discussed parts of rock songs here before, but lately it's occured to me that I occasionally atomize my enjoyment of music down even further -- to the level of the "moment." You know what I'm talking about: that point in a particularly good tune when you're compelled to raise a clenched fist into the air and say damn, this song rocks! It's why I listen to music, frankly. I can't get enough of those moments, those times when you hear something that's just, well, right about a song. It's fantastic.

And, of course, I'm here to tell you about one such moment. You know the band Wolf Parade? Yeah, it's in their album Apologies to the Queen Mary. First of all -- wow, what an album. It's good. It's really good. As a friend of mine put it, "it's fun in a post-Modest-Mouse kind of way." And he's right. But, hey, do me a favor a sec and queue up "Grounds for Divorce". Ah, listen to that opening syncopated straight-angle guitar riff. Then hear it overlaid with those frenetic David-Byrne-esque vocals. Then comes the rising tension with some wonderfully silly synths and rolling drums. And then? Yep, there's the moment. The song's unifying low end comes barrelling in at 0:53, and everything just clicks, right then and there. So great.

Music is where it's at, I tell you.

Posted by Greg at 02:49 PM.

On 9 November 2005 at 11:41 PM, andrew commented:

That Wolf Parade, I'm tellin' ya. Grounds for Divorce is a great song. I love those theremins...

But when I hear This Heart's On Fire, there's a moment when the refrain is turned up a notch and goes from singing "This heart's on fire" to screaming it. That's what does it for me...

On 16 November 2005 at 04:00 AM, paul commented:

love your blog. did you ever get anywhere with the sparkplug problem?

life is very different in africa. there's a big national vote coming up on monday (here in kenya) and lives could be lost due to rioting.

it is hilarious to read about fat free water -- a nice break from what's going down here.

On 9 December 2005 at 07:52 PM, Meier....John Meier commented:

alright you punk. thanks to you, a most likely illegal download site in russia just got 2 bucks off of me for a CD quality download of what you are promoting


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