Music on Monday

Silenzium – “The Battle Goes On”

This piece reminds me a bit of a cross between Lindsey Stirling and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. However I’m not a fan of the Soviet nostalgia.


Music on Monday

Ringo Starr – “Hey, Would You Hold It Down?”

I happened to hear this this past weekend. I think one of the things that Roger Miller does well in his music is being able to touch on the profound through the absurd. Things like “You Can’t Roller Skate in a Buffalo Herd”. Well, of course not, the song continues on with a number of completely absurd things. The “punchline”, though, if you will, is the line “but you can be happy if you’ve a mind to”. It is humorous, and “comedy” musicians probably have to work twice as hard to garner the respect as artists than normal musicians. However, sometimes people more open to listen once they’re laughing.

This song follows in kind of the same vein, though not quite as absurd. The line after “Hey, would you hold it down?” is usually something like “I’m trying to sleep” or “Some of us are trying to get some work done”. By changing the line to “Some of us are trying to be happy”, does touch on the profound; it’s an obvious thing, but people who shout and stomp and carry anger like that really do a lot to also bring down the people around them. By crying out “Some of us are trying to be happy”, it serves to remind everyone that it is wrong for others to impose their unhappiness on others all the time. Sometimes it’s very hard to be able to step back from a situation and understand that.

Ringo Starr was a brilliant choice to sing this song, and I think I like this version better than the original, although they are very similar in many ways. The tempo and key are the same, and the instrumentation with the trumpets is similar. I’m not a huge fan of the gospel-style background singers in the original, and I think the balance of the mix in the Starr version is better. Miller may be able to get away with some of the lines that may or may not make sense though. 😉 However, Starr’s persona has been, for a long time, that of kind of an unpretentious guy, maybe down on his luck, but who hasn’t given up hope that his luck may change at any time, and in that sense, I don’t know they could have found a Miller song more suited to Ringo.