Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Open Letter to Van Dyke Parks

Dear Mr. Parks:

Why did you write such a messy arrangement of "It's Only a Paper Moon"? Why so many keys, so many meters, so many styles?
I mean, I get it: "a honky tonk parade, ... a melody played in a penny arcade..." But isn't illustrating that with the orchestra an insult to the song's subtlety?
Watch out, I think Harold Arlen might swat you with that rolled up sheet music.

With love,
A concerned music blogger

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