Saturday, October 06, 2012
Huckleberry Finn Is Just A Boatride
The music's a trifle. I V IV, dip your toe in the circle of fifths for the iim and V, a six chord thrown in to throw the dogs of boredom off the scent. Shuffle it around and play Brown-Eyed Girl if you like. It sounds like Van's moved his folk song to B flat for the horns. But it's straight on in.
It's the hardest thing in music. A poem sung, a story chanted. A simple anecdote made profound. Van and his friend blew off school or whatever and went fishing and it rained and they hitchhiked and when the sun came out they went swimming and an old man gave them a drink of water because they were thirsty.
And Huckleberry Finn is just a boatride.