While writing my May 5, 2021 post on Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love,” I watched a video by music educator and producer Rick Beato’s What Makes This Song Great? series in which he takes apart and explains the many elements in the piece.
So it’s no surprise that today my feed was flooded with Beato videos. Some great songs, but the one that really jumped out for me as a Friday song was “Do You Feel Like We Do,” the nearly-14-minute, closing track from side four of English singer, songwriter, musician and producer Peter Frampton’s 1976 double live record, Frampton Comes Alive! Most of the songs on the album come from recordings made one night at the Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco, California, USA.
And, as with the Led Zeppelin vinyl, my copy of the Frampton record set comes from that record collection I bought from a brother and would have heard during his basement suite parties I talk about in that post.
I think there’s just such a calm yet excitedly celebratory tone to the song, and I can see why Beato chose it for the hundredth episode of his series. Beato goes all out, bringing Frampton in to talk about the music and even enlists friends and colleagues to play sections of the piece.
In one of the solo breaks in the song, Frampton plays the talk box, a device for distorting sounds from his guitar, using the mouth and voice. The effects of early versions of the tool (dating back to at least 1939) were referred to as “singing guitar.” It’s also remarkable that in many periods during the song there are gaps where the rhythm section is continuing, but the audience fills the voids with wild, jubilant applause.
And that, my friends, is a concert. Someday, we’ll be going to those big shows again. (Depending on where you live, maybe you are already. Not here.) In the meantime, now you know a little about why this is my Song of the Day for Today. Thanks for joining me here, and please enjoy.
Here’s the audio for the song from Peter Frampton’s official YouTube channel:
And here’s Beato’s video, which includes appearances by Frampton:
Unofficial lyrics are courtesy of AZLyrics.com.