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Another Brick in the Major

February 20, 2013 9:35 AM

Take Another Brick in the Wall parts 1, 2, and 3, jam 'em all into one quick bluegrass shitkicker, throw it into a major key, and you get this.

Done as a quickie four-track recording on my iphone, just acoustic guitar, upright bass, and two vocal parts. The transformation works pretty well, though I'd love to hear a solid bluegrass band bring in some of the solo work as well.

posted by cortex (7 comments total) 9 users marked this as a favorite


I don't know if you know about this, but here it is anyway:
posted by sauril at 9:41 AM on February 20, 2013

I know of that by reputation, but for some reason have managed even after all these years of Floyd fandom to not sit down and give it a proper listen. It was on my mind when I knocked this out, and I just tracked down their take on ABitW and gave it a listen. Lovely, a lot more doting by contrast than this, that's for sure.

Partly what's striking to me with this is how much hangs on just swapping that one tonic chord from minor to major—I think the rest of the song is actually harmonically unchanged, it's all the same chord moves, but it still goofyfoots the song really substantially.
posted by cortex at 9:53 AM on February 20, 2013

Eatcher puddin' now!
posted by Now there are two. There are two _______. at 9:54 AM on February 20, 2013 [3 favorites]

Please know that it's a compliment when I say that this reminds me a bit of something Phish would do.
posted by koeselitz at 10:12 AM on February 20, 2013

This actually works really well as bluegrass. Even lyrically. Maybe especially lyrically.
posted by Lutoslawski at 4:00 PM on February 21, 2013

I have no idea why this works so well but it really, really does.
posted by capricorn at 6:12 PM on February 21, 2013

Partly what's striking to me with this is how much hangs on just swapping that one tonic chord from minor to major

agreed, if it weren't for the lyrics I dunno if I'd recognize it. Well done.

If y'all don't eat your meat, you ain't gettin jello.
posted by dubold at 12:55 AM on February 22, 2013

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