New music guest blog by Ruddy Adam!
What do you get with Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Freebird?”
The concept of the song is a bird that cannot change and must be free. It’s about a love relationship break up, and is dedicated to the late Duane Allman, a founding member of the Southern Rock Group, “The Allman Brothers,” who was killed in a motorcycle accident in `71.
The introduction tells of that bird that cannot change and cannot be chained. The heart of the song seeks to show an image through music of that bird flying away—unchained and free. It succeeds in that endeavor!
You get a beginning that teases you into believing Freebird is an Adagio (a slow song) and then through a series of masterful time changes you first get a Vivace (a fast song) and then a Presto (a very, very fast song)—which is an unmatched, one-of-a-kind musical run to a climax presented by a triple guitar solo, along with a Ritenuto (an immediate stop) and a superb cooling down and then another immediate stop closing.
I’ll let you listen for most of the time changes, but my favorite one (and it’s my favorite one in all of music) begins the transition at about 6:00 and fully transits at 6:10 when the crowd breaks wild because they know the great guitar solo of over 4-minutes is beginning.
For you folks around the world, that’s the Rebel Flag behind the boys, and they were rebels. As the late Ronnie Van Zant once said: “We’re Khristians and we’re Southern. The music industry hates both of those. That’s why they have my middle finger standing straight up in their face every time we play a song.” He had a few other nice things to say about the American music industry, too, but that ought to do. Ahem!
Good video showing what our folks looked like 40-years ago.
Freebird is like a cup of coffee that quickly bolsters the soul. Enjoy!
“Freebird,” by Lynyrd Skynyrd at Oakland Coliseum, 1977 (11:50)