Monday, March 15, 2010

More Than A Feeling by Boston

When I discover a song that I like, I listen to it repeatedly. It’s not uncommon for me to listen to one song every time in my car for a whole week. This all started when my brother who was a was a senior in high school when I was a freshmen drove me to school every morning.

There was a couple tapes we would listen to in the car and one of them was a Boston cassette and we would often spend the entire drive to school rocking out to “More Than A Feeling.” Even after weeks of this song, I never got sick of this song and after all these years since, I never have.

“More Than A Feeling” is one of the most ingeniously paced and constructed rock songs. It starts with a short introduction and after a short 8-bars verse, we are swept into the chorus. The 4-bar transition into the chorus features a simple but masterful longing descending guitar lick that drops right into the chorus guitar riff in a righteously satisfying way. This band is not messing around, they aren’t giving a long slow developing beginning, Boston wants you to rock ASAP and they do exactly that.

Every single back-up vocal response to the singer in the chorus is “more than feeling” making it incredibly easy to sing along with, if you don’t feel like trying to sing the high lead which is hilarious fun to sing along with (unless you are doing this song on the Sing-Star video game which is just painful).

The live version here doesn’t have the second verse but the original recording does. What you hear in the original is the chorus relax into the second verse and build up into the chorus At the end of that chorus we expect the band to wind down, but they throw us for a loop here. “Away” is held longer and longer. As the band reeves up and "away" note gets higher, and higher and higher disappearing into the guitar solo.

Tom Scholz, the musical mind behind Boston received his masters degree from MIT and spent his time recording in this basement while work for Poloroid. After getting a record deal, he insisted that he record his album in his basement. The record company argued against this, so he created a band to record some arrangements in a studio while Scholz continued to make the album by himself in his basement. All the guitar tracks including the two that duet during the guitar solo were recorded by Scholz in his basement. There’s a reason it took him five years to record this song.

My favorite part of this song comes right after the last verse. Scholz extends the verse with “slip away” giving him one last opportunity to show how high he can sing. Than we hear the instrumental transition into the chorus like we have heard previously in the song.

You’re rocking out, expecting for the chorus to slide in after the two measure transition and then WAIT, the lick is drawn out for four more beats making the moment of anticipation last just a little bit longer until the final rock out!!!



And btw, what is the deal with the bassist in the music video . . .


  1. All I can really say about this song is that it's GREAT to run to (and so is "Don't Look Back"). It's because of the beat, which you described much more eloquently above.

  2. My favorite running song "Bootylicious." The pure intensity of Beyonce's delivery and the wonder of if I truly am ready for her jelly just keeps me moving for some reason.

  3. I love readding, and thanks for your artical. ........................................