Those of you who know me personally will know that I play the piano/keyboard. I was trained classically and have since dabbled with playing in church and, occasionally, for jazz/swing bands that we put together for outreach events.
So I love a great piano riff in a song. I reckon they’re massively under-rated. Here’s a couple to choose from. To get into the list they have to be interesting little riffs in great songs.
Love this one. Had plans for a Moore College revue night to rewrite it but never quite got there. Would have been something like this…
Picked up my ESV and I boarded the plane.
Touched down in the land where the four points rule, in the middle of Jensen’s reign.
Oh, TC Hammond, won’t you look down over me,
Yeah, this is a first-class college, but I’m as new as a boy can be
Then I’m walking in Newtown, walking with my feet 10 feet off of King
Walking in Newtown, but do I really feel the way I feel…
Yes, really. If you don’t believe me then watch and consider how well the piano works to frame the chorus alongside the strings.
Saved the best for last. This is the granddaddy of them all. Quite brilliant piano part from the very start all the way through including a sublime bridge.
Ok, what say the rest of you?