Layers. Stacks. Platters. Records. Music. It’s a word association game played in my head that invariably ends up leading to music. To a classically trained musician, layers comprise the texture of music and determine whether the piece is monophonic, polyphonic or homophonic. I’m not a classically trained musician, so my image of music layers is mainly limited to a stack of vinyl records sitting on a phonograph spindle waiting for their chance on a spinning turntable to impress a pair of ears.
A surrealistic interpretation of a record stack was created for the cover of a Rolling Stones album, Let It Bleed.
If you examine all the layers stacked on that record-changer spindle you’ll likely see a cake plate, an open reel tape canister labeled “Stones – Let It Bleed,” a clock face, a pizza, a small tire and an elaborately decorated cake, complete with miniature figures of the band members. Now those are some layers!
As for the music inside that cover? Definitely melody-dominated homophonic layers of voices, guitars, drums, piano and more. I’d love to write more, but I’m lying in bed under a layer of sheets, drifting off to sleep. Sometimes there are just too many layers to think about and besides, You Can’t Always Get What You Want.