An Analysis Of Don 'T Burn The Candle At Both Ends' By Louis Jordan

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Additionally, the other method of switching from speech to song by Louis Jordan was by incorporating the rhythmic attributes into the spoken verses themselves. Jordan was known to be a very energetic artist—he had a charismatic attitude towards the audience by delivering “different, [more] scathing lyrics” than the rest of the artists at the time (Koch, 2014, pg. 41). Specifically, Jordan conducted the method by using fast-paced rhyming recitations with subtle twists into the way certain lines were said. As a result, the spoken recitation ended sounding like singing that made its way into the spoken verse. The method of song delivery can be observed from the lyrics of the song: Pettin ' and Pokin.’
Now this is the story of Jack and Jill and
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The song is introduced with the chorus: “don’t burn the candle at both ends”—to which Jordan replies with a long recited verse. The lyrics themselves sound like conversation excerpts rather than musical lyrics, but the brief rhythmic line that was introduced allowed a connection that made the overall song seem like an early example of rap.
The variations in which Louis Jordan switched from song to spoken language was crucial to his upbeat style of music. The rhythm of his songs were essentially useless without the implementation of his lyrical features. It was interesting to see that out of all the songs in the year 1948, less than half of the tracks followed the artistical strategy. It was therefore clear that Louis Jordan did not necessarily adopt it as his trademark, but he still managed to experiment with other forms of preforming songs. To an extent, it could be agreed upon that the strategy was not necessary an established attribute of his musical career, in fact there were many songs that were made to clearly be performed as any other conventional song. Nonetheless, it was widely understood that “[Louis] used to talk his songs, but he’d talk his songs and you knew what he was talking about” (Koch, 2014, pg. 138). The few times Jordan used the speaking/singing strategy, was more than enough for people to see the lyrical skill the daring efforts that were reflected by his

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