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“Attaboy” – The Goat Rodeo Sessions
Today is the US Presidential election. It’s an emotional Tuesday to say the least. As such, I’m going to actually give you two songs (though I will only write about one so I am not cheating). The first gets you fired up and the second soothes. It’s only fair.

So first is a special “election song”; a heavy metal bluegrass cover of the Woody Guthrie’s, “All You Fascists Are Bound to Lose”. I have shown some Deadly Gentlemen on onesongtoday before, so I will leave it up to you to investigate: http:// youtu.be/Ne6bKROJ2-g

Second is, “Attaboy”, my favorite song from the Goat Rodeo Sessions.

What are the Goat Rodeo sessions? Magic, essentially.

To be more specific, The Goat Rodeo Sessions is a 2011 collaborative album from Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile. In other words, prodigy cellist, prodigy violinist, prodigy bassist, and prodigy mandolinist. Sidenote, their first live performance together was at the House of Blues in Boston, and it was streamed live to movie theatres across the country. Pretty interesting, and gives you an idea of the hype these guys can generate.

You will hear lots of different sounds on this song highlighting the various personalities of the band members, though I can basically break it down into two distinct songs that push and pull and flow into and out of each other; a violin and mandalin heavy Appalachian waltz with Irish flavor, and a profound, dramatic and ultimately moving cello and bass heavy “orchestral” piece.

I am amazed at this groups ability to mess with timing and rhythms. It’s almost like the song is a tribute to musical genius—a reminder that talent is not only about true tones and inspiring sound but also a deep understanding of musical theory.

I hope you enjoy. And vote!

Dan

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