Monday, 16 February 2015

Ooh child. . .

The Five Stairsteps released this single in 1970.  The song although it seems quite simple in its construction, is a testament of the power of music, in that it has been covered by so many artists since its release - including Dusty Springfield, Hall and Oates and Kelly Rowland.  It has been sampled by both R. Kelly in Bump 'n' Grind and by Joe at the beginning of Better Days.  

Ooh-oo child, things are gonna get easier
Ooh-oo child, things will get brighter
Ooh-oo child, things are gonna get easier
Ooh-oo child, things will get brighter

It is human nature to completely lose the plot sometimes and scream out loud about how life is unfair - we've all been guilty of that.  Others might see it as being self-indulgent, others might see it as you reaching your breaking point.  I see it as - you know what - you're allowed to release that frustration and channel that futility into whatever emotion suits you best (for me it's anger, gut-wrenching sadness, followed by a return to happiness).

You can't get past the overwhelming sense of hope that emanates from this song.  I mean, it's a soft soul classic, it's been through so many treatments over the years and one thing that hasn't aged over time - is the need for mankind to hold onto that hope - especially in times when you need it the most and you're in danger of losing hope altogether.

Some day yeah, 
We'll get it together and we'll get it done
Some day
When your head is much lighter
Some day yeah
We'll walk in the rays of a beautiful sun
Some day
When the world is much brighter

Songs such as these, particularly with the music that may across as deceptively simple and easy to play - hides the fact that the way in which it all combines together in a cohesive fashion, is probably what appeals to me most of all.  The drumming in this song is fantastic.  The drum patterns and drum fills almost seem like they encourage people to stand up and march on, to carry on regardless of the situation that you are in, as the drum fills become more complex as the song progresses.  The trumpets play motifs that appear more prominently in the chorus, while the bass guitar accompanies the opening female vocal in the first verse.  The drums become more prominent in the second verse when a male vocal takes over.

I hope that you continue to have hope in your world.
Hope is much easier to have when your head is much lighter. . .