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Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by Matt Sarad, Apr 13, 2021.
Alternately, "drone blues"
Maybe I'm missing the point but some of these songs have more than one chord.
I'm sure there's a Bob Dylan song in Em, but for the life of me I can't remember which one it is.
If anyone does remember I would be grateful.
I've always been amazed that one chord songs can work... Especially when they don't sound like one chord songs.
one chord verse, one chord bridge, pretty well..
Aaaah, I remembered! Bob Dylan's Political World.
Many years ago, I did a mash-up with Political World and Jonathan Richman's Pablo Picasso. Another song in a single minor chord.
Harry Nilsson - "Coconut". It's over four minutes of C7.
Every song on this one:
Love the vibe, but it’s a classic I-IV-V blues progression, not a one-chord song in any way.
Preachin’ Blues... the way it was written anyway. Some who cover go to the 4 & 5.
I realized that after I posted. That song is an anomaly, I think most of his stuff is one or maybe two chords.
Thanks for the discovery! I love this « trance blues » concept!
A lot of the John Lee Hooker boogies were like this too.
First thing that comes to mind is "The Beat Goes On," by Sonny and Cher.
But then I remember attending the 1969 Louisiana Pop Festival in Gonzales, LA. Canned Heat played. They did not change chords the whole time they were on stage. It was sort of one long Canned Heat Boogie, with Bob "Bear" Hite singing the words to "Goin' Up the Country" at one point.
Must be a boogie thing. There was a Louisiana group called John Fred and his Playboy Band who, before "Judy in Disguise," had a regional hit called "Boogie Children" in 1963. No chord changes in that one.
Then you need to check out RL Burnside as well. Anything on Fat Possum records too.
A song I wrote called “Thirteen Days”