The Same Situation

Piano music transcribed by Dave Blackburn  Printer-friendly version of this piece

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The Same Situation is one of the several lovely piano compositions on Court and Spark and is a little more straightforward than Down to You or Car on a Hill in that it doesn't contain an extended orchestral interlude in the middle. In order to avoid the chart being unneccesarily long I have used repeat marks with first and second endings. There are very minor differences in the piano part the second time through but not enough to warrant another four pages. The melody as written out only scans with the lyrics of the first half. Joni's phrasing and melodic line are somewhat different the second time through. I only included the vocal staff as a place reference for the pianist. Note how Joni freely slides between 5/4, 4/4 and 3/4 meters and makes much use of Minor 11 and Maj9 (no 3rd) chords, which preempts Steely Dan's use of them in a pop/rock context. These chords are partly what give Joni's piano writing of this era its "jazz-like" quality. Dave Blackburn


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beatntrack on 2012-Apr-25 at 13:36:44 GMT-5:
Your feedback is welcome. I can be reached at
beatntrack on 2011-May-05 at 07:18:43 GMT-5:
You are welcome earchow and thanks for the feedback. Dave B
earchow on 2011-May-04 at 23:49:35 GMT-5:
what a great find! i was listening to this song repeatedly tonight and then wondered what might be available? Perfect... thanks so much to dave blackburn for this transcription...