Talking Heads' "This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)"
I remember my dad telling me that the best written music is one where each instrument has it's own voice. Each instrument is played to it's strengths and weaknesses, with parts that exemplify the sound of that specific instrument. The thing he said that most stuck with me is that each part should be like a little melody. All of the parts could be played separately and maintain their interest and integrity, yet when played together each one's line perfectly compliments the others. That was when I realized how difficult the art of composition was.
Naive Melody is a perfect example of his theory.
Each instrument could play along, even the repetitive bass and guitar lines, and maintain interest. Yet when combined these pieces pull together to form a rich and complex synth pop masterpiece. Each riff is masterfully crafted, pulling it's own weight forward in the song while complimenting all the other notes and patterns present at any given time. the end result is a beautiful tapestry of sounds, rhythms, and voices. It easily goes on my favorite songs of all time list, and is a strong contender, in my mind, for the title of greatest song every written.
The Talking Heads truly seemed to have a gift for understand music. Their compositions, both ridiculously simple and compellingly intricate (often at the same time) display a level of mastery and creativity achieved by few in the music industry . Their catalog contains more unbelievable tracks that I can even name, and every time I put on a Heads record I find I new song I hadn't given due attention to before.
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