On My Own: sublime or turkey

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nowmedical
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On My Own: sublime or turkey

Postby nowmedical » Sun Apr 02, 2017 3:01 pm

Sometimes when I listen to On My Own I think it is Bacharach perfection ... and the next time it sounds like plop. Why is this?

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Re: On My Own: sublime or turkey

Postby steveo_1965 » Sun Apr 02, 2017 9:20 pm

I know as a songwriter(not famous) I have written some things in hindsight that turn out to be 'not so great"(to me)..and I understand that when people criticize, that they don't realize how difficult it is to write...but I'm not big on this song.....

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Re: On My Own: sublime or turkey

Postby An Enormous BB Fan » Tue Apr 04, 2017 5:42 pm

OMG! It's one of my all-time favorites -- of Burt's or anyone's. I put it -- musically speaking -- on the level of pop genius. I will never tire of listening to it. If it weren't a #1 song for Michael and Patti, then it certainly was close. A monster hit song, I would say.

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Re: On My Own: sublime or turkey

Postby blueonblue » Tue Apr 04, 2017 7:42 pm

IMHO Michael McDonald was far better on this wonderful track.........

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w30gPQ4JmU4

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Re: On My Own: sublime or turkey

Postby An Enormous BB Fan » Wed Apr 05, 2017 12:27 am

Also, a great song, blue. The intro alone pulls you right in. Burt's genius for composing such original and wonderful music will always astound me. Especially when you listen to the total shit that songwriters(?) get away with now.

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Re: On My Own: sublime or turkey

Postby nowmedical » Fri Apr 14, 2017 2:27 pm

Agreed, this is fine stuff. How did Burt manage to write so many truly special - but different - songs? No-one else comes close. PS Blue you never sent me that one!

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Re: On My Own: sublime or turkey

Postby blueonblue » Fri Apr 14, 2017 4:39 pm

nowmedical wrote:Agreed, this is fine stuff. How did Burt manage to write so many truly special - but different - songs? No-one else comes close. PS Blue you never sent me that one!


Your wish is my command.......it's on it's way. :)

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Re: On My Own: sublime or turkey

Postby nowmedical » Sat Apr 15, 2017 4:58 am

Thanks, another one to add to my vaults. Much appreciated.

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Re: On My Own: sublime or turkey

Postby kyleburke » Tue Jul 25, 2017 3:19 pm

It's one of many songs from Burt's "dumbed down to be marketable" period. Many are truly sublime, but they're more hooks than fully-formed songs -
Burt restraining himself but unable not to be a genius! Another that just blows me away is "Take Good Care of You and Me".

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Re: On My Own: sublime or turkey

Postby ron hertel » Wed Jul 26, 2017 12:55 pm

.... Think one would have to include "Love Power" on that list - right?

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