The 60's

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  • the Guess Who "These Eyes"

    I wanted to start this post by saying I"m sorry I"ve been absent from posting in this blog. I've been busy with other original music projects and I"m also in the middle of producing my podcast which will be similiar to this blog. now once that is up and running and is on iTunes I will be posting in this blog a lot less but until then I will keep posting in this blog whenever I can. but I wanted to share this song with you because out of all of the songs I grew up listening to from the 60's as a kid, this one was probably the only song that I distincly remember the first time I heard it. I can remember exactly where I was and who I was with when I first heard this song on the radio. Lol I sound like a Baby boomer even though I'm 22 but I grew up with this music as a kid just as much as someone who was a kid in the 60's except I'm a millenial and not a baby boomer. but anyways, when I was a kid, I used to hang out with this girl and her mom served as my babysitter when I was a kid. I spent many weekends sleeping over at her place and I spent a lot of time with her as a kid even though at the time i was too young to know anything about sex or romance. basically what I"m leading up to is that when I first heard this song, it was super late at night and me and her went to the Fairplex in Pomona and at around 10pm at night when we were on our way home it was pitch black outside and this song came on the radio. now at the time I didn't know who did the song or anything about the artist that did it but I did fall in love with it and this was also one of the songs that kick started my love and desire to learn more about 60's music. and also, let's talk about how great the song and the band is. first of all the lyrics in this song are just poetically beautiful and are just drop dead georgous. I mean you really do feel for the lead singer in this particular song and how much pain he feels after his girlfriend treated him like shit I mean with lyrics like "these eyes watched you bring my world to an end this heart will not accept and pretend" you can tell that he meant every single word he said. and another really cool aspect about this song is that the upwards modulation of the hook. it creates dramatic tension and really gives this song an extra umph that really packs a punch. and also, this group was in Fact Canadian and arguably the first really commercially successful Canadian Band pre dating Rush by many years. on this you had Burton Cummings on lead vocals and Electric Piano, Randy Bachman on guitar, Jim Kale on bass and Gary Peterson on drums. Bachman would later go on to form BTO after he left this band and when this song was written one of them was still living with their parents and they had not had a really big hit yet and when they came up with this song, one of them was sitting next to a piano about to go on a date with a girl and this song was written while she was getting ready in another room. one of them played the riff on the piano and the song pretty much wrote itself. it became their first Top 10 hit in America and it changed their lives forever. one thing I will say about this band is that not only were they the first Canadian band to have a number 1 record in America but each and every single one of their hits sounds completely different in so many ways. they definitley were not one of those groups where all of their songs sounded similiar to each other. i highly reccomend listening to their other songs like No Sugar Tonight, Laughing and Undun and No Time and of course, their biggest American hit, American Woman, which sounds like a complete and total 180 from this song in terms of genre and instrumentaiton and harmony as well.