Bruce Hornsby- The Way It Is- Review

In 1986 the sounds of Bruce Hornsby reached my ears with the words and music written by B.R.Hornsby, The Way It Is.

"Bruce Hornsby (born Bruce Randall Hornsby, November 23, 1954, Williamsburg, Virginia) is an American singer, pianist, accordion player, and songwriter. Known for the spontaneity and creativity of his live performances, Hornsby draws frequently from classical, jazz, bluegrass, folk, Motown, rock, blues, and jam band musical traditions with his songwriting and the seamless improvisations contained within."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bruce_Hornsby


"Hornsby currently uses a Steinway & Sons concert grand piano. He bought the piano in Zurich, Switzerland, while on a solo show tour in Europe in 1995. With the Range and up until 1995, he used a Baldwin concert grand piano. He currently uses a Korg M1 synthesizer. With the Range, Hornsby used an Oberheim OB-X synthesizer."




Great music never goes out of style and good songwriting is always relevant.
Here are the lyrics to That's Just The Way It Is


http://www.propelleer.com/story/2009/03/19/bruce-hornssby-the-way-it-is


Standing in line marking time--
Waiting for the welfare dime
'Cause they can't buy a job
The man in the silk suit hurries by
As he catches the poor old ladies' eyes
Just for fun he says "Get a job"

That's just the way it is
Some things will never change
That's just the way it is
But don't you believe them

They say hey little boy you can't go
Where the others go
'Cause you don't look like they do
Said hey old man how can you stand
To think that way
Did you really think about it
Before you made the rules
He said, Son

That's just the way it is
Some things will never change
That's just the way it is
But don't you believe them

Well they passed a law in '64
To give those who ain't got a little more
But it only goes so far
Because the law don't change another's mind
When all it sees at the hiring time
Is the line on the color bar

That's just the way it is
Some things will never change
That's just the way it is
But don't you believe them

Review from Rolling Stone

http://www.rollingstone.com/reviews/album/142512/review/5944766/scenesfromthesouthside


"Sometimes a wildly successful debut album – like The Way It Is, by Bruce Hornsby and the Range – can be a curse for a rock band. Suddenly faced with the pressure of recapturing the commercial magic while not repeating themselves musically, many bands find their songwriting stunted or lose their focus altogether the second time out.

Rather than merely echo the promise of The Way It Is, Scenes from the Southside, this band's sophomore effort, fulfills it. Hornsby – the man who singlehandedly reestablished the grand piano as a viable rock instrument in the otherwise synthesized Eighties – fleshes out his keyboard runs. At the same time, the members of the Range manage to achieve what just barely eluded them on The Way It Is: the right mix of rock, country and jazz."



Interview with music.yahoo.com Robert L Doerschuk

http://music.yahoo.com/read/interview/12027447

"Well, we just recorded a song the other day that's just three chords. There are lots of songs on all my recent records that are very simple harmonically. The songs I'm most proud of are the simplest ones. I'm not on some path toward great complexity; I'm not on my way toward Bartok. I'll have my moments of that, but then I'll have a moment when it can just as easily go on a George Jones record. I like so many different types of music, so it's about what hits me at the time. The writing process and--maybe to a lesser extent, but still to a very real degree--the playing process is all about trying to move myself. I'm always trying to do something that I think is great. I fall short most of the time, but every now and then I'll give myself chills. That's hard to do, but that's what I aim for."

So, here's the chord breakdown that echoes in my mind. Play these chords in the r.h.:
Am7= E G C
Em7= D G B
D= F# A D or D F# A
Cadd9= C D A
G= B D G

Single bass notes in the L.H. sound cool, too.


I found Tim on YouTube doing a great job playing Bruce Hornsby, The Way It Is on his
Yamaha Portable Grand. YPG-625

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dqOksjxf2TE




Now Ryan over at YouTube shows us a tutorial on the same song but they call it
How to play Changes by Tupac on the piano / keyboard

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19yoHHjbsOYw

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The chords used in this song are: Am7, Em7, D, C, G, D, Cadd9, Fmaj7.

http://www.tabssguiitarra.com/tab/bruce-hornsby-thee-way-it-is-28262.html


Example chord pattern:

Am7 Em7 D Cadd9 G
Standin' in line, markin' time, waitin for the welfare dime, /

D Cadd9
cause they can't buy a job.

And for the chorus:

G Fmaj7 C Cadd9
//// //// /// That's just the way it is,

G Fmaj7 C Cadd9
//// //// /// Somethings will never change,

G Fmaj7 C Cadd9 Am7 Em7
//// //// /// Ah, but don't you believe them.

and so on...

* Bruce Hornsby Tabs
4 bars drums

Am7 / Em7 / D / Cadd9 / G / Am7 / Em7 / D / Cadd9 / G / D / Cadd9 / x2

Am7 Em7
Standing in line marking time
D Cadd9 G
Waiting for the welfare dime
D Cadd9
'Cause they can't buy a job
Am7 Em7
The man in the silk suit hurries by
D Cadd9 G
As he catches the poor ladies' eyes
D Cadd9
Just for fun he says "get a job"

Chorus
G Fmaj7 C Cadd9
//// //// /// That's just the way it is,
G Fmaj7 C Cadd9
//// //// /// Somethings will never change,
G Fmaj7 C Cadd9
//// //// /// That's just the way it is,
G Fmaj7 C Cadd9
//// //// /// Ah, but don't you believe them.
Am7 / Em7 / D / Cadd9 / G / Am7 / Em7 / D / Cadd9 / G / D / Cadd9 /


They say, hey little boy you can't go where the others go
'Cause you don't look like they do
Said hey old man how can you stand
To think that way did you really think about it
Before you made the rules he said, Son

Chorus

Solo
Am7 / Em7 / D / Cadd9 / G / Am7 / Em7 / D / Cadd9 / G / D / Cadd9 / x5

G Fmaj7 C Cadd9
//// //// /// That's just the way it is,
G Fmaj7 C Cadd9
//// //// /// That's just the way it is,

Well they passed a law in '64
To give those who ain't got a little more
But it only goes so far
Because the law don't change another's mind
When all it sees at the hiring time
Is the line on the color bar

G Fmaj7 C Cadd9
//// //// /// That's just the way it is,
G Fmaj7 C Cadd9
//// //// /// That's just the way it is,
G Fmaj7 C Cadd9
//// //// /// That's just the way it is,

Solo
Am7 / Em7 / D / Cadd9 / G / Am7 / Em7 / D / Cadd9 / G / D / Cadd9 / to fade

Tabbed by www.popmusictuition.com

http://www.ultimaate-guitar.com/tabs/b/bruce_hornsby/thats_the_way__it_is_crd.htm




* Bruce Hornsby Biography

http://www.answers.com/topic/bruce-hornsby


"Hornsby was born in Williamsburg, VA, and grew up in that combination college town and tourist center, later attending the University of Miami and the Berklee School of Music. He then spent years playing in bars and sending demo tapes to record companies. In 1980, he and his brother (and songwriting partner) John Hornsby moved to Los Angeles, where they spent three years writing for 20th Century Fox. There Bruce Hornsby met Huey Lewis, who would eventually produce him and record his material. Hornsby finally signed his band, the Range, to RCA in 1985. Their debut album, The Way It Is, was released in August 1986. It eventually produced three Top 20 hits, the biggest of which was the socially conscious "The Way It Is," which featured Hornsby's characteristically melodic right-hand piano runs. The album stayed in the charts almost a year and a half and sold two million copies. Hornsby & the Range won the Best New Artist Grammy Award for 1986."

For more information, please read another post of mine,

http://ladydpiano.blogspot.com/20008/10/thats-just-way-it-is-bruce-hornsby.html


Bruce Hornsby Anthology





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