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Zappadan, Day Four. December 7, 2012

Posted by littlebangtheory in Love and Death, music.
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So it’s Friday the 7th, a few days into the bitter-sweet celebration of Zappadan.

There’s a ways to go ’till the end, but so many worthy stops along the way that it’s hard to imagine doing justice to His genius.

Today’s exposition will be a rendering of “Watermellon in Easter Hay,” caught here in a live performance. It might be the first and only speed-metal lullaby in 9/4 time ever recorded.

If you got that, you don’t need further explanation, and if you didn’t, no amount of explanation will help.

Frank Zappa and Orchestra performing Watermellon in Easter Hay, displaying His guitar mastery in a world replete with guitar masters:



1. Aaron B. Pryor - December 8, 2012

One of the lovliest Zappa melodies. I adore what he does with the horns score in this piece. It’s so lush and beautiful. Thanks.

2. littlebangtheory - December 8, 2012

Aaron, thanks for commenting, and I’m glad you appreciated it. Yes, the horn arrangement is masterful and strange, a combination which surfaces regularly in Frank’s work. The barrys blow a haunting incarnation of Frank’s guitar lines from 1:05 on, culminating in his foundation rumbles at 2:00, then repeating. It’s a high-point of 20th century composition in my book.

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