Billy Joel, and Cream, take me to the bridge
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Generally speaking, I am not a fan of the bridge in a rock song. Maybe I should back up, since you don’t know what a bridge is. It’s ok, you aren’t dumb, most non-musicians don’t know the term.
Here is the proper definition if a bridge. Here, more importantly, is my understand and perception of a song bridge. It’s a weird piece of forced music that always happens 2/3rds of the way through the song. That is exactly where every bridge is, and I don’t known why. It’s after the second verse, second chorus, and after the guitar solo.
Again, there is very possibly a unique and pertinent reason for songs to have bridge sections. In rock, though, no one knows the reasons, so they always feel forced to me. Before we go any further, a funny story about the bridge. When Eric Clapton was working with George Harrison (my god, how much fun was that sentence to read?) they made that great, great, great song –Badge. It’s a Cream song, technically… but it was Clapton and Harrison. Harrison had written the song out, and even made a special note where the bridge of the song was. He even wrote ‘bridge’ for his pal. His pal mis-read the note, and thought it said ‘badge’. That is how the song got the name, just a silly in joke between two of the greatest people in rock.