I was listening to a radio bit on National Public Radio, and I was stunned by the riff I heard.
Hitting me, was a bass riff that was so familiar and so soothing; it came at me as a backup song during the credits of an interview. I listened, not thinking of its importance, for all backup music to endings of radio bits are made up of obscure pieces from other musicians ( or musicians pertaining to the interview/ journalist piece at hand ).
As I comforted myself into the NPR piece, the bass line hit me. It was an exact ( almost exact ) riff of an R&B song that I heard when I was a kid:
But it wasn’t this song at all. The surprise came first with the intuition that the former song took the riff from a piece that was older:
It is one of those times that you would be upset that you didn’t know a song you liked was semi-covered, but you are comforted somehow with the fact that the riff did exist some time before, and that it was liked by others. It was liked by others who wouldn’t neccesarily be privy to any hip-hop or R&B. Not others who would give any importance to those who used the riff for their albums.
But to hear it, and hear where it was given birth, it gives me a better love for those who “covered” it and felt it was a good enough riff to exchange it in a tengent genre for others to listen. It makes me like the songs that use this riff so much more. It makes me want to find other similar ventures of current and past music; to find musical pieces that have been used in history to create mainstream music.
Let’s be honest: Could you ever think a Chingy song would be derived from a Jaco Pastorius bassline? I don’t think so.