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July 2, 2011 / John Sieger

Nashville 2 Part Tragedy

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From Live At Bob’s. Substitute the word “tragedy” for “harmony” and you have the beginnings of this song. I also like the perversely non-descriptive setting. Aside from stating that it’s a two part tragedy of the Nashville kind, it does little to tell you where you are. It’s a total cheat, the kind of song any student of songwriting would suggest is near fraudulent in it’s lack of specifics. Kind of like homework turned in by a student who obviously hasn’t opened the book. This is not to say that it doesn’t obey a whole lot of other rules—you probably wouldn’t want to listen if it didn’t add up some way musically. With brother Mike and Kelli Gonzalez singing along, it goes from two part to three. That usually works out better in music than it  does in real life. I always wanted to write a classic duet and, with the third voice, I guess this is the value added deluxe model. This blend of voices is something I get to enjoy at every Subcontinentals gig—it’s pretty creamy. Again with the soulful picking is Bill Dwyer, how does he do it?

© 2011 John Sieger

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