bababa big 9 blog – week 4

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Learning to Listen for the nine essential elements

with a focus on depth of field

Artist:  JANIS JOPLIN  (Janis_Joplin)

COLUMBIA RECORDS “JANIS JOPLIN GREATEST HITS”  1973 compilation vinyl  (Greatest_Hits)

other links:  (Janis lead vocals 1966-1968)

Here is is but…it’s MUCH better on vinyl 🙂

Song:  at 27:30….BYE, BYE BABY  

Listening_ headphones & pink hair

Ok, so what are the Big Nine Again?

1. CONCEPT OR THEME – motivation/vibe


2. MELODY – LaLa-LaLA-LaLA….and so on

bye bye bye baby bye bye

can’t help but sing along every time i hear this song…makes it more difficult to hear the instrumental nuances

3. RHTHYM – Drums/Bass & Rhythm Guitar hold time

4. HARMONY – complimentary melody with different notes (diad/triad)

lead guitar (no vocal accompaniment)

5LYRICS – the story:

“Bye, Bye Baby”

Bye, bye-bye, baby, bye-bye.
I maybe seeing you around
When I change my living standard and I move uptown,
Bye-bye, baby, bye-bye.

So long, my honey, so long.
Too bad you had to drift away
‘Cause I could use some company
Right here on this road, on this road I’m on today.

I get the feeling I could chase you clean on in the ball
And wind up staying pull off, put down strung out and stalled.
Honey, I ain’t got time to wait on you or to fetch your super ball,
I got lots of things I’ve got to do.

I know that you got things to do and places to be.
I guess I’ll have to find the thing you placed on me.
I may wind up in the street or sleep beneath a tree,
Still I guess you know honey I’ve gotta go.

Bye, bye-bye, baby, bye-bye.
I guess you know you’re on your own,
It seems you just got lost somewhere out in the world
And you left me here to face it all alone,
You left me here to face it all alone,
You left me here to face it all alone,
Bye, bye-bye baby, baby bye-bye!

6.  DENSITY – the amount of stuff in the sound space (# of tracks/instruments, etc)

i am thinking that lead guitar/drums/bass guitar were recorded in a studio on separate tracks.

and vocals recorded live – remastered for the “Greatest Hits” album

Drums sound Centerstage right along with mono vocals Downstage Right Centre, lead guitar Upstage left


lead vocals, drums, lead & bass guitar

8. SONG STRUCTURE  (intro/verse/chorus/bridge)

AABB bridge A

9. PERFORMANCE – plat de résistance

Great vocals, lots of energy (why i am thinking vocals were recorded live)





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