Blackbird, By The Beatles Essay

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In the White album, formally known as The Beatles album, Blackbird is deemed as an underrated song. Why do I say this? YouTube’s commentators told me, repeatedly. I personally discovered the song after reading the book The Perks of being a Wall flower during middle school.It was one of the songs that Charlie , the protagonist , had on his mix tape, and I, being the curious soul that I am, looked the songs up. Blackbird completely outshone all of the other songs. Back then, I felt like it was written for me. Thus, when I picking the songs, Blackbird was naturally one of my top 5 songs. Although, I have to admit that I did not realize that it was so popular, until I noticed that a lot of my peers are going to be writing about it as well. Back on track, Blackbird is two minutes and eighteen seconds long. It is listed as number three on the second side of the White album, and it is beautiful. In context of The White Album, the song Blackbird creates an uplifting and hopeful experience through the use of raw instrumentation and vocalized repetitive lyrics that ultimately enchant the listener.
The White album was released in 1968.It’s blank cover frames the endless possibilities that imagination brings while listening to the songs, giving the audience a more personal and limitless perspective of the songs they listen to. The album has a total of 30 songs, and they all tell a story and are very clear, in comparison to past songs like Johns “I am the Walrus”. The album kicks off with “ Back in the U.S.S.R” a response to the many patriotic songs established in the era. It is a very upbeat and specific a narrative like song written by Paul. The same goes for the following songs on the first side of the White album. However, as the second side begins it becomes evident that the songs on this side have a slower tempo. “Blackbird”, is one of the first songs to appear, cleverly situated in between “I am so tired “ and “Piggies”. The few but defining elements of this song bring a lot of attention to it.
“Blackbird”, is a brilliant construction disguised by simplicity. Paul McCartney is the only voice on this song. He wrote it, sang it, and played it all himself. The rest of the Beatles had no say in this composition. Moreover, McCartney uses only an acoustic guitar, which allows the song to portray a naked and vulnerable feel to it. McCartney used a strategy that the Beatles learned in India called finger picking. Finger picking is when each finger plays a different string. This creates an automatic countermelody to the voice, thus creating a layered richer texture. Through finger picking, the lone acoustic guitar is able to serve the function of a bass guitar and rhythm guitar. In addition, McCartney taps his foot to keep on rhythm. The lead vocal is single tracked for the verse, however it is double tracked for the refrains. Basically, in the final mix of this elegant ballad, a recording of a singing blackbird was ingeniously added...

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