The A-7th chord sends a chill down my spine. I’m guessing it’s an A-7th because it has that open, resonating feel to it.
It’s played several times during “Think It Over” by The Call. And every time it’s strummed, it pins the words down to something deeply emotional.
Listening to it recently I couldn’t help but jump up and google Michael Been, the writer and bass player behind most of The Call’s songs.
I so clearly remember seeing them perform at Hammerjack’s, a nightclub in downtown Baltimore, near the docks. You had to be careful at Hammerjack’s because a few steps in the wrong direction – and you were in the topless bar.
Been was in fine form that night and the band was hot. Toward the end of “I Still Believe,” a low bass note droned. Been fixed his gaze on the crowd and sang…
for people like us
in places like this
we need all the hope
that we can get
I still believe
Loved it then. Love it now.
So I googled Michael Been, just to see what he’s up to. He passed away last summer, an apparent heart attack while helping out with his son’s band tour in Europe.
He was an artist. Learn more at The Call’s website.