03 October 2006

Earworm: Jon Brion's "Row"

This is an odd earworm; it's only a minute long, no lyrics, nothing catchy, just a short piano tune sitting on the fence between comforting and melancholy, cutting off nearly in the middle of a phrase, as if it lost the musician's attention.

The other pieces in this soundtrack have had their time as earworm too--except for the creepily bright Polyphonic Spree track--and most of them (the Jon Brion ones, anyway) are the same kind of earworm: the earworm that creates a distinct atmosphere, but which is much too short to support that atmosphere all by itself. If there were other pieces which created a similar atmosphere, it would make a good seed for a playlist; but as there rarely are, it's just one arresting minute.

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5 comments:

Paul said...

Nice one - even in it's short and simplistic form, this is my favorite piece on the soundtrack.

Anonymous said...

Only a minute long? You probably downloaded a faulty copy of "Row." it's supposed to be more than 5 minutes long. anyway, "Row" is a pretty song.

Queen of Sheba said...

Now I have the CD, and Row is indeed only a minute long. Hm.

Caroline said...

isn't this basically the same song as "we've got tonight" by bob seger?

shay said...

ya it sounds identical!!