Measure For Measure: “Crazy” Intervals

Creative challenge: Write an eight-measure verse using some “Crazy” ideas.

Tootsie’s World Famous Orchid Lounge is a honky-tonk in downtown Nashville with a longstanding tradition of hosting local talent. In 1961, you could grab a barstool there next to not-yet-world-famous singer-songwriters such as Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson. At the time, Willie Nelson was 28 and had just arrived from Texas with a recording of “Crazy” in hand. One night, he played it on the house jukebox, and as luck would have it, a fellow named Charlie Dick was listening. Charlie felt that Willie’s song would be perfect for his wife, country legend Patsy Cline, and the rest, as they say, is history: Patsy recorded “Crazy,” and it became the biggest jukebox hit of all time. Many artists have covered “Crazy,” but in Remembering Patsy, a 1993 documentary, Willie said her version was his favorite, because it “was a lot of magic.” We like magic, so let’s take a closer look at “Crazy.” The previous column featured sad songs, so it seems only right to give a classic love ballad a spin this time around. We don’t know how Willie Nelson composed “Crazy,” but we’re going to try to imagine it, from rough sketch to finished song, in hopes of…

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