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I Don't Want To Think


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As usual with most of my stuff the flute-y thing is the vocal guide if I should ever add a vocal.

This is a piano song. Nothing fancy just some chords woven together with a melody. I love changing keys and then trying to find a way back. This songs bridge went somewhere I didn't expect and after unsuccessfully trying many options to navigate back to the original key I just sort of gave up and rather than fighting with it just tied the two disjointed keys together and somehow it worked.

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Luis Hernandez,

Thanks sooo much!!! You win a brand new shiny car! I absolutely LOVE Gilbert O'Sullivan and had him in the back of my mind when writing this tune. Especially the ending. The ending, as you might have noticed, is so Gilbert-y as to be almost a direct rip-off from any number of his songs from back in the day. I even call that chord toward the end the "Gilbert" chord because I've never taken the time to research what the chord is called. I kinda like being sort of dumb about music technicalities like fancy chord names. I think I used to call a "raised 9" chord, that "Purple Haze" chord. I do love fancy chords! Again, thank you so much for recognizing my Gilbert O'Sullivan influence. I really love that guy.

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Ken320,

Like I just replied to Luis Hernandez about Gilbert O'Sullivan... Thank you sooo much because Gilbert O'Sullivan is a huge influence on my music sensibilities. And actually, "no", I don't get that a lot.. in fact like.. never.. wish I would. So you guys really made my day.  :)

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"Can't Think Straight" is beautiful. Peggy Lee's voice even sounded kind of like his.

I'm a sucker for his signature song "Alone Again (Naturally)", I never tire of that song.

I especially love his early stuff like "If I Don't Get You (Back Again)".

 

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Ken320,

You're right, he always takes great care with his lyrics. He puts a lot of work into his lyrics but it's his melodies and chord progressions that move me at my core. I love his choppy piano style. It's truly original with his sort of one finger kick drum like bass note chopping along with the chords. Never any fancy arpeggios like most piano players, just that driving piano pulse behind everything. He attributes it to his having started off on drums. Makes sense. Gilbert O'Sullivan proves that you don't have to be a wiz at your instrument to write great songs. I think he'd just say; melody, melody, melody, it's all in the melody... and chords. I could talk for hours on his style. He's never garnered the mass appreciation here in the states that he does in Europe and that's a shame because young composers in this country have likely not even heard of him let alone heard any of his music. Like I said, I could talk for hours about Gilbert O'Sullivan. He's kinda like an Irish piano playing Bob Dylan but with a much more interesting sense of melody.

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