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Track Review: ‘Sunday Morning’ – The Velvet Underground

More sedate than moving.

Alexandra Cox

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‘Sunday Morning’ by The Velvet Underground was released in december 1966 as a single off their The Velvet Underground & Nico album. I chose this song because it was one of the only artists I had learned about in college as a music industry major. So naturally I had to go with something I was slightly familiar with; I have not heard this song before this review. 

The song starts off on the quieter and lighter side, with what i believe it be a celeste that gives is those light airy chimes which really balances out his vocal tone. For me the song overall is a little dry, very similar sounding through out the first chorus and verse. A small change starts to come in the second chorus where they add some reverb (echo) to his vocals, which is a nice touch to liven the song up. The song breaks for a short bass/guitar solo that breaks up the slightly monotone vocal tone. The song has a steady flow throughout the whole thing but to me lacks excitement, this was released in an age where this was new and exciting but in the world today it is viewed a little differently. 

What I find to be the most interesting about this song was the inspiration. Andy Warhol was the one who came up with the idea of writing a song about paranoia. Lou Reed (lead singer) said, “Andy said, ‘Why don’t you just make it a song about paranoia?’ I thought that was great so I came up with ‘Watch out, the world’s behind you, there’s always someone watching you,’ which I feel is the ultimate paranoid statement in that the world cares enough to watch you.”  The single art is also a piece by Andy Warhol, it’s cool to know what truly influenced a band to create a single!

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Hi there! My name is Alexandra and i would like to start off by describing myself. I am independent, hardworking, ethical and a problem solver. I attended the University of New Haven in Connecticut and since I graduated in 2016 I have moved all over the country. I love music, sports, baking and just hanging out with friends.

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