I love finding those songs that you can’t get out of your head. Andrew Bird’s Fitz and the Dizzy Spells is just that. It really is unlike any other song. Sure, it probably has similar chord progressions to other music, but with the whistling and melodic elements, it is very different and enjoyable to listen to. At times it feels like it turns into a different track.
There are so many elements to it: the electric feel, the guitar riffs and Andrew’s voice. Andrew Bird was classically trained in violin, and that education is apparent in his music, but he drifts away from tradition and keeps things eclectic and very abstract.
“Ever since I was a child I would test different spaces with my voice or whistle or violin. Whatever sound you make it’s like a giant limb that can reach beyond your fingers and grope the corners of the room,” Bird said on his website.
The live version of this track has more rawness and realness than the studio version, but that really gives it personality. While the song is playful overall, to me, it feels like life. You can try to control things, and follow a path, but things happen along the way to knock you off your route. But despite the roughness of the route, it doesn’t make the journey any less beautiful.