DonRocks Posted April 27, 2014 Share Posted April 27, 2014 There's no question this was a "druggie little number," and in terms of musical value, well, it's more "cultural, historical, and powerful" than of any lasting musical significance, but it does what it does very well. Jefferson Airplane Performs "White Rabbit" at Woodstock On Aug 19, 1969 I love this song for several reasons: It's a miniature Bolero, with no let-up. It's in the style of a Teutonic military march. It's surreal, reflecting the drug culture of the time. It's passionately sung by Grace Slick. Grace Slick was a fine performer. It pays homage to a great author, and makes an incredible extrapolation in doing so. The modulation to F-Major (1:37) is powerful, moving, and brilliant. The whole piece is mellow, in minor, and then - Boom! - it takes off in F-Major, and becomes permanently forte (Although, really, less so in this drug-induced version than in the brilliant. well-conceived, and superior studio version.) I prefer the studio version musically, but performance not as much in terms of being a moving, live performance. The rest of the piece remains in major, despite it's melancholy sound, and remains both ingenious and disturbing. Yet, somehow, it manages to stay in a major key while "sounding like it's in a minor key" (but it isn't). Any other comments would be most welcome. I think this is a brilliant piece of psychedellic pop. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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