What Makes This Song Great? Ep.108 CHICAGO “Make Me Smile” 

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In this episode of "What Makes This Song Great?" I breakdown Chicago's "Make Me Smile".
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@gwenreader6631 Anos atrás
Chicago is one of those bands that make you grateful that you grew up in the age we did.
@johnbir7509 Anos atrás
@DT-dz1jc Anos atrás
And I was gonna say (echo).....AMEN! CTA=LIFE CHANGING ! Then, Make me smile...maybe my VERY favorite. Kath's so SO soulful..even if he wasn't one of THE great guitarists. Just you & me; Searchin', Beginnings; Feelin' Stronger; Purples; THEIR I'm a man...Colour my world was at EVERYBODY'S wedding. WHAT A BAND! I feel sorry for those who did not grow up w/ them, The Dan, Allmans, EW&, SO blessed, man. GREAT episode. Thank you. My son's (trumpet/guitar/vocals) high school jazz band (Currently he's a school band director himself) played LOTS of Chicago years ago...& THAT ALWAYS "made me smile" (sorry).
@internet2055 Anos atrás
1980s is better thanks.
@peanutbutterisfu Anos atrás
I didn’t grow up then my dad did he grew up on Chicago, I love the band too. They have such a great feel to their songs. Everyone in the band were great musicians and man so many great singers in the band! It’s not very common to have so many great musicians in one band usually it’s one or 2 really good musicians in a band.
@johntesta2481 Anos atrás
Terry's isolated vocals give me the chills. So soulful.
@artcorvolet 6 meses atrás
So underrated vocally
@oligoprimer 4 meses atrás
Only person who could - maybe - do it better would be Ray Charles.
@19jmdmke71 3 meses atrás
Same here...a chill went through me when I heard that isolated vocal. One of the many greats who left us far too soon.
@BamaRailfan Mês atrás
​@@oligoprimerI was envisioning the same thing.
@joeschimpf5650 22 dias atrás
White Ray Charles.........
@lamarravery4094 Anos atrás
Seraphine was such a talented drummer, he often gets overlooked from all the talent in this legendary band. Every musician was a master with their instruments in this band, spectacular they were.
@helomechjmc Anos atrás
When Buddy Rich was asked if he liked any of the new drummers back in the early 70s Danny Seraphine and Bobby Colomby (Blood, Sweat and Tears) were the only two he mentioned.
@terrystowers6085 8 meses atrás
@@waltertodenhoft3903I could see that. Those guys had (have) some outstanding chops, undoubtedly inspired to some degree by Buddy. They are sophisticated players playing sophisticated music. Spinning Wheel is a masterpiece of groove and feel in concert with the intricacy and virtuosity of jazz. Same goes for Beginnings. It’s fusion music. Both of those bands were pioneering endeavors.
@terrystowers6085 8 meses atrás
Seraphine has kicked my butt for decades now. I’ve been playing for nigh on forty years and Danny still gets me fired up. I’ve had many occasions to cover his parts on 25 Or 6To 4 and Beginnings. They make you elevate your game every time, providing you can pull it off at all. Danny was, and remains, a benchmark of feel and fire. If any drummer even comes close they can hold their head up. I know I feel twelve feet tall when all the cylinders are firing and I know I’m hitting Danny’s zone, for a tune or two, after decades of trying, and mostly failing, haha…👍
@VinnyDrysdale Anos atrás
I'm so happy that Rick pointed out Danny Seraphine's incredible drumming in this song. Danny doesn't get the recognition he deserves. He's also a great guy.
@KPD017 Anos atrás
Hearing Terry’s voice always get a little teary 😢he was gone too soon. What a talent he had!
@virtualpilgrim8645 2 anos atrás
This episode helped me understand that Chicago is the definition of a quintessential "band" not just a few guys who got together to play some music but a real technical sophisticated display of artistry working together to produce their music.
@Music--ng8cd 2 anos atrás
Some nice videos on YT about how they got started: Jim Pankow's interview for the Musician's Hall of Fame and Danny Seraphine's interview are both really interesting.
@miguelmorales9667 11 meses atrás
" A real technical sophisticated display of artistry"... I couldn't have said it better.
@mbcarlson 2 anos atrás
The amazing thing about Chicago is how there was no weak member of the band - everyone was phenomenal. Three lead singers with very different sounds who could also blend for harmonies, a incredibly tight horn section, one of the greatest guitarists ever, one of the most underrated bassist (Cetera), a drummer with chops galore, and like 6 songwriters (composers really) who could write and arrange for each player’s instruments better than anyone. I can’t imagine a more talented band. 🤯
@casparuskruger4807 8 meses atrás
One could say Lamm was a dime-a-dozen keyboardist, but his vocals and composing skills easily made up for it.
@johnceragioli9671 Anos atrás
Danny Seraphin was the secret to Chicago’s sound. One of the most underrated drummers of all time.
@treff9226 Anos atrás
Danny was a beast! Insane chops!
@howardrobinson4938 9 meses atrás
Nice...coming from a drummer, of course.
@johndoh5182 Anos atrás
Their original drummer was a BEAST. He was as good as any rock drummer at that time. And Chicago played such a wide variety of music for their first 3 albums that it wasn't such an easy thing to be a drummer for.
@casparuskruger4807 8 meses atrás
Seraphine oddly is missing from any "Top 100-50-25-10 Rock Drummers" of all time list. I have never seen his name mentioned. EVER. I find this bizarre.
@MikeMeldan Anos atrás
Terry Kath was undoubtedly the heart and soul of Chicago. THIS PROVES IT!!!
@rickbartlett6419 Anos atrás
Amen brother!!
@incomudro1948 Anos atrás
Devestated when I heard the news and cause of his death.
@VinnyDrysdale Anos atrás
Terry Kath is one of the most talented people to ever put his talents on vinyl. He could sing as well as Ray Charles and play as well as Jimi Hendrix. His guitar playing is mindblowing.
@chrisflach5911 Anos atrás
Even Hendrix raved about Terry's guitar playing.
@lancesabin4114 Anos atrás
One of my biggest influences to this day, just when I think I am so clever I realize I got it from Terry Kath!!! Great singer love his voice, however his guitar playing is what I took from him!!! Thank God for him, I can’t get enough of his playing
@robertburke5786 Anos atrás
The boys of Chicago always exuded joy in their music making. They make ME smile!
@stevenrubin9048 Anos atrás
What a timeless song! The lead vocal is insane when you isolated it. Does it get more soulful than that vocal? Brilliant songwriting. Thank you Rick for breaking down that masterpiece.
@jefflarson8789 2 anos atrás
I have to add my 1st comment to a Rick video, even though no one will ever read it. I've been waiting for a Chicago WMTSG video since I discovered the channel about a year & a half ago. I was in middle school when I first became aware of Chicago and a junior in HS when Terry Kath died. They've been my "longest" favorite band and I've seen them live a bunch of times; never Terry, though. Early in HS I found an anthology of the sheet music for their first 3 albums -- this was labeled "sketch scores," which meant it had all the horn parts, harmonies, strings, etc. written out. It wasn't just the piano score with the guitar chords above it. That book is barely held together, I've listened along with it so much. I later found a 2nd anthology that had V, VI, and VII and then a single book for VIII, which was actually white notes on black paper -- very cool. Suffice it to say I know every note of every song on those pre-Greatest Hits albums. I'm not going to lie, as excited as I was to hear Rick do "Make Me Smile," I'm still bummed it's the radio version. I hope he follows through and does the guitar solo and the amazing horn runs at the end of Now More Than Ever. But listening to their first 8 albums (minus Carnegie Hall), and following along with the sketch scores, taught me more about music theory and music notation than any teacher could have done. And it gave me such an appreciation for each band member as an incredible individual musician. Oh, and just like Rick, I'm forever stabbing my fingers in the air to punctuate horn fills, and stairstepping them up or down with the ascending/descending lines. It never get old. Rick, finding your channel has been one of the only positives about the covid era. You'll never know how much pure joy I get from your videos; especially the WMTSG series. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
@EdwardZabinski 2 anos atrás
Hey look I read your comment! I also had the Sketch score books and my first band(in Jr High) was a Chicago cover band!
@brucemcdonald6872 2 anos atrás
Amen, brother.
@TheRazorRatz 2 anos atrás
Jeff I couldn’t agree with you more. Finding Ricks channel has been amazing and finally seeing a Chicago WMTSG video even better. I too look forward to the analysis of Terry’s guitar work which is ridiculously underrated by the public but not musicians.
@timchalmers1700 2 anos atrás
Very well stated. Where there are more people who will read your comments than you could imagine. This is an amazing community.
@lloydwantschek341 2 anos atrás
I read it! I too was a Band Fairy as we used to be called in the 70s. Loved this band in this era and loved this song. Beginnings also on my all time top 10. Love to watch WMTSG vids even though 50% is lost on me. This sort of thing is what makes the Internet great.
@janebraun4482 Anos atrás
Shows you how spoiled were we back then to have Chicago, feel so nostalgic hearing this, there will never be another band like this with so many melodic tunes!
@glenndailey9801 Anos atrás
plus the went soft with sappy ballads sucking up their playlist.
I often don't finish Rick's videos-- because I get so excited by his enthusiasm that I run off to listen to whatever song or group he's talking about. What an absolute legend of the musical culture Rick is!
@wcooman1694 Anos atrás
Former sax/flute/clarinet player here. Chicago's use of dynamics was unparalleled. They played music; not the noise that gets called music now.
Thank you, Rick. It's fantastic to hear isolated parts of songs. Nobody does it like you. Hearing those isolated vocals made me really appreciate just how incredible they are!
@daveburns3886 18 dias atrás
Rick rocks!!
@robertsipes7391 2 anos atrás
I remember when this first came out, some guy (I didn't even know) was carrying the album, walking down the street and he grabbed me and said, "You gotta hear this!" Well the next thing I knew we were headed to the closest library and checking out headphones. We went into one of the sound rooms and put the album on a turntable. We listen to both albums, front to back and for the next over an hour, I had THE greatest musical experience, I can ever remember. Later I hooked a tape player to my bicycle and went to the park. I choreographed a bicycle ride to "I'm a Man", which drew some attention. I will say Chicago (CTA) gave me an energy standard which I held all rock 'n' roll bands to, after that day in 1969. I never did find out who that guy was, but I want to thank him!
@spamwagon Anos atrás
Great story, Robert.
@marcelhaik8035 Anos atrás
I love that story! Well done!
@MrHarleynut Anos atrás
Cool story.
@bashaturk9069 Anos atrás
me too. i was amazed by this song from day one
@nycsongman9758 Anos atrás
You could do that in 1969; above the chaos, there was hope, and love still around.
@TimACroninMusic 2 anos atrás
No one sounded like Chicago in this era. No one. Even Blood, Sweat, and Tears never quite had the same edge or energy as Chicago did. Just so good. Glad you're giving them some love on your channel, Rick!
@kathy2trips 2 anos atrás
Yes! First dozen Chicago albums are so deserving of deep respect. They were music majors in college, unlike most rockers then. Those guys could PLAY.
@stringplinker4128 2 anos atrás
Back in the day Blood, Sweat and Tears was my favorite til I heard Chicago. After that, Forget about it.
@amherst88 2 anos atrás
If you look into the history B S & T was actually formed as a direct copy of what Chicago were doing before the first Chicago record was released.
@SixtiesStick 2 anos atrás
Blood Sweat & Tears predate Chicago with the 'rock band with horns'-idea, but they were nowhere near as hard-hitting and influential.
@bws1971 2 anos atrás
I hear what you're saying. Chicago was a different flavor from Blood, Sweat and Tears. I like both a lot and nonetheless give the edge to BST. They were better jazz players. Listen to "Alone" for some of the most seventies jazz rock fusion you'll ever hear
@photogenic2010 Anos atrás
So much going on in this song: This era was the height of Chicago: The rest of the guys could never reach that amazing creativity without Terry's presence.
Here I am, listening to this again. And this time it has really struck me: what physical strength you have to have to belt out a song like this. Amazing.
@scottjames1401 Anos atrás
Terry Kath is underrated MASSIVELY in every sense: Guitar Vocal Composer One of the most talented guys ever.
@user-cr2yz6kj9z 3 meses atrás
Amen to that !
@MrPeterhemm Anos atrás
I played the hell out of this and other Chicago albums as a teenager in the 1970s. Thank you Rick for showing me one of my favorite songs in a new light!
@robjones4210 2 anos atrás
the Terry Kath years of Chicago were outstanding, they were always one of my favorites growing up. everyone was listening to Kiss and I was rocking to 25 or 6 to 4
@bairstoww Anos atrás
Terry is a legend. I always forget how big Kiss were .... no comment.
@PJL7095 Anos atrás
Such wonderful times while he was alive & in the band. As a young teenage boy, I rocked to Chicago on my parents record player. I remember the horrible news on his oh too soon departure from Earth. The band almost broke up over it. Luckily the did not…. But an accidental death at 32 is way too young for such a great talent. Just think of all we missed out on
@penman2005 Anos atrás
Well? Which one were you rocking to? 25, or 6 to 4?
@mjnc3672 Anos atrás
@@bairstoww Terry Kath was only 23 in 1970 when this was recorded. His voice was so unique and powerful, it will never be duplicated.
@DeeEllEff Anos atrás
Know just what you mean. And you win!
@michaelfox2256 2 anos atrás
Terry Kath was so underrated as both a singer and guitarist he was special
@piteusx8440 2 anos atrás
Hendrix thought so too.
@marks5026 2 anos atrás
His death was a big blow to me growing up. Not to discount any of the greats that preceded him. Elvis, Hendrix, Morrison or Joplin were a few years before my exposure to rock/pop music. But I was a big fan of Chicago and they were never the same without him.
@philip6502 2 anos atrás
In what possible way was he underrated as a guitarist?
@JohnLnyc 2 anos atrás
@@philip6502 Agree. I think he played in a band noted for using horns and his guitar prowess was sometimes overlooked mostly by the general public/music fans.
@markmailloux4472 2 anos atrás
@@philip6502 in a way I get what you're asking. People make that comment on just about every music video on BRvid and there's probably even people who comment on Eddie Van Halen videos and say he's underrated FFS! But Terry Kath might be that guy that actually was underrated or at least, unmentioned. Not typically named in the top whatever lists. I'm a guitar player myself and never actually noticed the guitar in 25 or 6 to 4 until I saw Leonid and Friends cover it. NOBODY was playing guitar like that in 1970. I always associated Chicago with being a "horn" band.
@Hairmetallurgist Anos atrás
This song holds such a place in my memory and heart. Hearing the isolated parts just brings out more to love about this song and Chicago. Musicianship as tight as new Fruit-of-the-Looms!
@ericminch Anos atrás
Make me simile.
@edwardloomis887 Anos atrás
Great marching band song played by many thousands of high schoolers.
I love Rick's sentimental anecdotes of the first time he ever heard a song, this one included. Nothing like a musician appreciating other musicians with such fervent enthusiasm!
@nascargas 2 anos atrás
Terry was a force of nature. Also a massively underrated guitar player. His loss was tragic. Leaves me to wonder what might have been. What music we dont have because he isnt there to sing or play it.
@howardrobinson4938 9 meses atrás
Underated...that word AGAIN!!! FUUUUCK!
@LINDA-jy3ov Anos atrás
@dgrblue4162 2 anos atrás
Terry Kath is so underrated and a singer, hell, as an artist. He was gone way too soon. Make me smile is a definite hidden gem from that rock band with the horns 🤘
It was never hidden. It was released as a single shortly after the album was released and received a lot of radio airplay.
@howardrobinson4938 9 meses atrás
Ah yes, that word "underated". Not the most underrated word on BRvid comments.
@tonypapas9854 2 anos atrás
I know Rick says that most people would recognize Chicago from Peter Cetera's lead vocals in the 1980s, but their catalog from the 1970s is far superior.
@kineahora8736 2 anos atrás
Absolutely-the Cetera ‘80s stuff basically sucked-didn’t sound even remotely like the same band. You say you liked Chicago and most people think you like “elevator music”🙄🙄 that’s what Cetera did.
@ctz4731 2 anos atrás
I like to think it is wonderful that 2 totally different approaches to music (70's era and the 80's) era came from the same band. I enjoy each era but for different reasons. I never compare Terry Kath to the later singers, it isnt fair but I enjoy it all.
@snowdenwyatt6276 2 anos atrás
I never would say I HATE the songs that Cetera wrote, they're just not for me. I saw an interview once where he discussed his songwriting method and he basically said that he thinks that "melody is everything". I think that's reflected on all of the songs he wrote, from Chicago's first #1 hit (If You Leave Me Now) onward. I also think that the volume of the discussion of his songwriting does tend to drown out the fact that he was both a terrific bass player and sang lead on some of Chicago's greatest songs (that just happened to be written by other band members).
@paulg1358 2 anos atrás
I concur. Discovered Chicago 7 double as a young teenager . Call on me written by Lee/trumpet was so catchy. I’ve been searching so long 2 . Saw in concert twice . Then worked my way backwards enjoying the adventure right to CTA . What a trip but after Chicago 8 I was done. David foster deletes horns, dresses Cetera and together they enter silly love songs era. Detested those songs. Couldn’t believe it was same band? Grrrr
@kineahora8736 2 anos atrás
@@snowdenwyatt6276 explains a lot. I’m not interested much in melody, I’m all about the harmony, ‘70s ruled. ‘80s sucked. And not just Chicago. I just didn’t like the whole decade very much (with exceptions of course). The baroque Italians believed as I do that the keys and harmonies control emotions. The Spaniards disagreed, thinking it was all about rhythm. I liked the Spanish approach as well. Melody? Feh.
@cindyinnew Anos atrás
In addition to the absolutely phenomenal vocals of Kath, the band had Cetera and Lamm along with background vocals all within one band. The talent gathered in early Chicago is almost beyond comprehension. Add Kath‘a guitar, Seraphine’s drums, Cetera bass Lamm keyboards, Pankow, et al and is off the chain
@mschubeck Anos atrás
You hit the nail on the head discussing their vocals, and really highlights a lot of what Rick mentioned in this breakdown. Their harmonies moved from major chords to sus chords and created a totally unique sound when added to the unique brass and percussion that they incorporated. Hence why Chicago is one of the top selling groups of all time... people know good music when they hear it.
@richarddurand15 Anos atrás
Absolutly Cynthia! They had it all back then.
@treff9226 Anos atrás
We won't see another band this loaded with monster musicians again - keep your albums close!!!
Rick, It is so much fun to watch you in this clip. You are living your dream.
@ronmorey3475 2 anos atrás
I never get tired of Rick’s enthusiasm and air drumming. Great song!
@RJ-ss6gu Anos atrás
@jongoforth1405 Anos atrás
He still is.
@jakeowsley6552 Anos atrás
Indeed. Reminds me in high school as semi-music aficionados, we listened to various R&R pieces, we'd all do "air drums" in unison. Priceless!
@jackarmstrong1838 Anos atrás
He tells you WHY they were great. The complexity of the music is off the charts.
@fireman746 Anos atrás
I’ve always thought that was one of Chicago’s best songs along with Feeling Stronger Everyday and Questions 67 & 68.
@kyleyoung996 Anos atrás
@WillyPDX94 Anos atrás
Rewatched this because it's one of my all time favorite Rick Beato videos. I always loved Chicago and this song especially, but Rick helped me understand WHY I like it, all the subtle musical things going on that work so perfectly together. Rick is just fabulous at explaining the musical intricacies without losing the emotional content of a song. Love you, Rick. There's really nobody like you.
@peti802 2 anos atrás
Rick, you never disappoint, but hearing Terry's isolated vocal was a spiritual experience.
@1allanbmw 2 anos atrás
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@crankycanuck2066 2 anos atrás
this is a really stupid question, but how does Rick isolate the various tracks?
@amazingace12 2 anos atrás
@@crankycanuck2066 The best 'stupid' question I've seen in a long time! Please Rick, enlighten us!
@charlesmallory5616 2 anos atrás
@@amazingace12 my guess is that he has the inside track to the studios and has access to the session files!
@artvandelay8090 Anos atrás
I've written transcriptions of the horn and some of the rhythm parts of the entire "Ballet for a Girl in Buchannon" and as I wrote down what I heard, I was amazed at what Pankow did with some of the harmonies in that thing. It's amazing that guys that young could come up with such an amazing piece of art at such a young age. And today, we get people making a gazillion dollars putting vulgar and offensive words of hate to rhythm and calling it "art."
@casparuskruger4807 8 meses atrás
Yup some amazing sequences in there written by Pankow. I especially like that trombone/bass sequence with the notes going all over the place just before the reprise
@lkass7908 3 meses atrás
How did Ballet for a Girl in Buchanan not ever get recognition for the masterpiece it is?
@jimerwin4087 Anos atrás
I absolutely love the way you broke this song down. It doesn't have a single weak spot and the vocals (which for most people are the most important part) are stellar!
@texasRoofDoctor 2 anos atrás
I am not a musician but I remember how badass this song seemed when I was a kid in 1976 maybe. It really is a masterpiece. I enjoyed hearing you break it down from a musicians perspective and appreciate it even more now. Keep up the good work and thank you for your expertise.
@lisalotta3703 Anos atrás
Ich liebe Chicago schon seit meiner Jugend . . . great Big Band sound with lovely voices one of the best worldwide . . .warm greetings from Frankfurt, Germany in April 2022
@deltaqueen5704 Anos atrás
Cheers! 🍻🍻🍻
@tonypaduanojr627 2 anos atrás
What an eye opener when Rick started to isolate each intruments (that's including the vox and the backups) with how awesome the entire band was. I have heard this song since i was a kid in the 70's and since my parents were also musicians I develop this extra appreciation on the band's musicianship (any bands), but that even took it to another level when Rick started to point out everyone in the band's great deliveries. Thank you Rick!
@J_Angel 2 anos atrás
Terry’s isolated vocals floored me. Now you have to ask yourself, “was he more underrated as a guitarist or a signer?” Astonishing talent!
@michaelxz1305 2 anos atrás
how does he isolate vocals and instruments so well on these songs he studies?
@Primus54 2 anos atrás
@@michaelxz1305 I think he somehow has an “in” to get his hands on copies of the masters and the software to isolate the microphones.
@surfallday6583 2 anos atrás
Hendrix gave him props if that answers your question.
@Primus54 2 anos atrás
@@surfallday6583 In fact, Hendrix said Kath was a better guitarist than he. If memory serves, it was at Whiskey-A-Go-Go where Hendrix first saw him.
@welcomemachine6580 2 anos atrás
@PopcornNigel 10 meses atrás
One of the greatest pop songs ever. Wonderfully complex with jazz inflections everywhere - but it all works.
Danny Serafino and Terry Kath made Chicago special. Great jazz style drumming, and Terry was known as the White Ray Charles. Great soul in his voice. His guitar playing is undisputed.
@kevinstaggs5048 Anos atrás
This is my second time watching this video. I must say Danny Seraphine is one badass drummer. He is very underrated but anyone that listens to Stronger Everyday knows he is talented and can hold his own with anybody.
@mandyharewood886 Anos atrás
Simply the best, better than all the rest! When I 'm fed up of humans I listen to Chicago. Again and again and again. This is real music with real musicians, creativity in melody and lyrics. Perfect!
@superorangeish 2 anos atrás
Brilliant band.Growing up with this great music...maybe we took for granted just how GREAT IT was( is)!!
@kevinallison2227 Anos atrás
Yes, for sure I did as a teenager. It's great living in this age where we can go back and listen to and increase our knowledge of production etc from Maestros like Rick breaking it down for us!!! 😃
@glenndailey9801 Anos atrás
What did I know. It was always that way until I got older, times change and music went down hill. good bye yellow brick road, oops!
@jameslane9537 2 anos atrás
I love it when you play the isolated vocals and we see who can really sing.
@Genious. 2 anos atrás
When I first started buying DVD Audio and multi-channel music I was a little dismayed at how bad some vocals sounded on their own when isolated in the front speaker. But bringing the music back in fixed that problem and I never did it again.
@stevejohnson1685 2 anos atrás
It's amazing that you can get the distinct tracks that enable you to do this for us!
@duanewilson3941 2 anos atrás
Kath could sing, no doubt about that.
@Genious. 2 anos atrás
@@stevejohnson1685 And so can you actually - a lot of times it's extractions from Rochband/Guitar Hero or things like that. It makes listening to a lot of bands a whole new experience. I'm not sure if you're familiar with Christian James Hand but he had a radio show on KLOS where he broke down songs this way - and does still do it on the Heidi, Frosty and Frank show - which can be found on Soundcloud.
@tosvus 2 anos atrás
@@stevejohnson1685 not sure how Rick does it but there's good software that can isolate various elements. Vocals also go in a fairly narrow frequency band.
@davidprice6902 Anos atrás
Saw Chicago at Ravinia in the summer of 1972. They had just finished a world tour and this was their homecoming in Chicago. 16 years old and it is the best concert I have ever attended.
@LINDA-jy3ov Anos atrás
@EddieJazzFan 2 anos atrás
Even though this is a rock song, this explains why I like jazz so much---the chord changes are always what hooks me.
@blanewilliams5960 Anos atrás
Love love love Terry Kath! His guitar skills are amazing and that voice, so soulful. One of the reasons this is my favorite Chicago song. They really lost their soul when Terry died, IMO.
@jimmyblair7597 2 anos atrás
One of my favorites of all of your episodes Rick, nailed it! Love Chicago, such great musicians. You present this so well, thank you sir.
@dstrong5897 2 anos atrás
As a 60 yr old non-musician, I just want to thank you for doing this series. After your tutorials, I appreciate these songs so much more. I understand them better, I hear things I always missed before. Even songs I didn't like in the past, I end up loving them. You are bringing alot of joy into our world. Please continue!!
@michaelfitzurka5659 2 anos atrás
I started playing Keys just before my 60th bday and RB has been a motivator every day.
@smkh2890 2 anos atrás
@@michaelfitzurka5659 Me too, took up music when I retired. Rick has really helped along the way. He amazes me how he can easily play along with absolutely anything!
@tomp538 2 anos atrás
D*Strong, there's no time like the present to pick a guitar and give it a go... I am.
@mt-jn2vf 2 anos atrás
As a 63-year-old musician, I can tell you that we would be… absolutely nowhere…without the support of non-musicians - people who have a love and passion for music. We’re lucky to have your spirit and goodwill. Good on you @D Strong.
@randyman8 2 anos atrás
Never too old to take up an instrument! I didn’t play trombone for 30 years (since high school) … started up again 10 years ago … now I play in several bands … I subbed as lead trombone in a big band this summer and to my delight we played Make Me Smile - the gig was one of the highlights of my summer!
@TheRealBrook1968 Anos atrás
My band director in the 80s held Chicago in high esteem and brought in arrangements of their songs for the symphony, the only contemporary music we played.
@johndoh5182 Anos atrás
I don't know if you can get anymore soulful than that with a vocal part.
@rogeresquivias361 2 anos atrás
Rick has this infinite capacity to make us listen to a song, and make it so great. The analysis is such that it should be a touchstone, a yardstick with which songs are studied and evaluated. It is such an interesting educational ride into rock music's greatest songs. And watching his enthusiastic and almost feverish dissection of the song altogether makes it so remarkable. This video series "What Makes this Song Great?" is, arguably, one of the best, if not the best, contributions to studying and appreciating rock music. Woohoo!
@GOGIANTS1091 Anos atrás
Literally Top 5 all time song in MAKE ME SMILE from my second favorite all time Band. Terry Kath is a LEGEND, will forever be a LEGEND. The man played like Jimi Hendrix, sang like Ray Charles. GOAT!
@YTSlide 2 anos atrás
What makes me smile? Watching Rick showcase this amazing band and song. Terry Kath played like Hendrix and sang like Ray Charles. Chicago was the first concert in the mid-70s and have loved them forever.
@pjones8404 2 anos atrás
Way back in Jr. High, (1975) our concert band was rehearsing for our spring concert and one of the songs we played was a Chicago medley. I was in 7th grade and the drummer who was playing set was an 8th grader. They were rehearsing the chorus section of "Make Me Smile" and the drummer just wasn't getting the feel right. He wasn't able to make it swing and he missed many of the punches. The director was getting frustrated and the whole band was starting to stir because they had to keep replaying this chorus over and over so the drummer could get it right. The director looked at me....I looked at him. Repeat....and like a baseball manager who knows his starting pitcher was done....looked at me again and he did it. He effectively walked out to the mound to change pitchers. He said, "Peter... (me) you know this don't you?" to which I shook my head in the positive. "Why don't you go play it please." Deep silence and a death stare from the older drummer as I grabbed my sticks and kicked the living crap out of it! Note for note just like the original recording. The band erupts in cheers while the "looks that kill" from the other drummer turned into..a silent acknowledgement that I had in fact crushed it. So....the thing was the director KNEW I could play it because he allowed me to use his office every day during my lunch period so I could use his record player and listen to music. Well I spent nearly half of that year listening to nothing but Chicago. Especially Chicago IV "Live at Carnegie Hall" and he knew I had spent hours and hours playing along to Chicago records!! The other drummer was asked to play because he was graduating and he wanted to respect that. But he just didn't have the experience with that music so I played it for the Spring Concert. I told Danny Seraphine many, many years later that I learned more playing along to the first eight Chicago albums than I did listening and play to any other drummer. Including my heroes Ian Paice, Ginger Baker, Mitch Mitchell, Buddy Rich, Joe Morello and others. I learned to swing, groove, play in odd tempos, set up horn punches, support a singer, play with a soloist, fills and extended solos. Simply one of the most important bands of my entire musical journey.
@Thaimiles 2 anos atrás
That’s Beautiful man!!
@glennover6046 2 anos atrás
Great story. Well told.
@irishkeif7791 2 anos atrás
Weird but reminded me of when Jesse Pinkman cooked up better meth than the old Mexican man.
@lennygreen4168 2 anos atrás
Great story. Thank you for sharing!
@rudolphguarnacci197 2 anos atrás
Eff that loser drummer. Good for you.
@ynotedaw6960 Anos atrás
I have always admired this performance. Nobody puts more of themselves into a performance as Terry Kath!
@JBernardo71 9 meses atrás
The first album I recognized in my life was Chicago IX Greatest Hits volume I, which included this song. At 4 years old, I hummed it all day. Intuitively I learned to keep the time and the melody hearing these songs. I love all the album so much that, if I was sent to a desert island for the rest of my life, and I could only bring only one album, I would choose this one immediately. I have said this all my life.
@davidbreen4727 2 anos atrás
i always liked Chicago's music because the songs were so in sync. with the horns, guitars, drums, everything was just wow!
@scotthorbal7325 Anos atrás
This song break down has tears rolling down my face. What a great composition and performance.
@MikeMacYT 2 anos atrás
Rick, from a college music major who spent decades in Radio, your breakdowns are the BEST. I’ve always loved this song, too.
@chuckjls Anos atrás
Agree. I don't know what's more fun. Listening to the songs or watching Beato get into them. He's a classic. He's like all the great teachers I've ever known. Their enthusiasm and love for what they are teaching is infectious.
@buddadee4738 2 anos atrás
Rick, your reactions and enthusiasm, picking out the stabs, crescendos, fills and suspensions with such awe and happiness, reminds me every time why I love music so much. It’s like some people just don’t understand how to REALLY listen to music. This is how to listen to music.
@jamescrabtree5778 2 anos atrás
Perfectly stated David Hartney, Rick does a great job analyzing and explaining what is actually going on in this masterpiece. Love your Channel and enthusiasm !
@michaelalderete9622 2 anos atrás
Exactly! And you've saved me from writing the same thing about music listening, which usually gets me labeled as a "musical snob."
@thecthonian4976 2 anos atrás
You nailed it!
@robdisco2657 2 anos atrás
EXACTLY! Beato might want to relabel these as lessons: "How to listen to great music".
@TK-fk4po 2 anos atrás
I love his responses to the drum fills and vocals.
@naamanpratt 11 meses atrás
Rick, you definitely covered all of the many finer points that makes this song great with the same enthusiasm that mirrors my own. 👌 - Probably my favorite song from Chicago. 🥁
New to Rick's channel. I dig the way he breaks down the chord progressions, harmonies, resolves, all of it. I don't understand most of his theory, but to have that kind of grasp on what makes great songs is enviable. Chicago always put so much thought and energy into what they were doing. Their first album blew me away so massively when I was seventeen, nothing after that could measure up quite as well. Simply the best, but I loved all their work.
@ginnyshaffer2161 Anos atrás
Yes! Chicago had so much going on in their music that captured your Attention and just held it 💕❤️💕
@jhandle4196 Anos atrás
I was in a 7 piece horn band in the 70s, and we did much of the Chicago songbook. I played both the trombone, and trumpet parts on all of those songs at different times. Back then we used to pick riffs off the vinyl records by playing the LPs at 16 1/2 RPMs which made it half the speed, and almost exactly an octave lower. We put so much work, and heart, and soul into this stuff, I can't listen to any of it without getting tears in my eyes. Ironically, listening to Rick's breakdown I realized after all these years we played one of those horn riffs wrong. I'm old, but still learning. I guess that's proof I'm still alive. p.s. Pankow was a genius.
@keithschwab7413 2 anos atrás
Great job! I'm 64 years old and this is one of those few songs that frequently still plays in my head. Your chord helps analysis explain why. Thank you! BTW - this was the quadrophonic version of the song. The giveaway is the ad-lib vocals in the 2nd verse are slightly different from the original.
@perrybarton 2 anos atrás
This is excellent. Also, a little love for James Pankow, who wrote the entire suite as well as those killer horn charts. 😎
@craigbirchfield417 2 anos atrás
Pankow is a genius. The band would have had a completely different sound without him and his arrangements.
@jgischer 2 anos atrás
I gotta cosign this. I was listening to Ricks breakdown and thinking "wow that lick stinks of Pankow" In the best possible way of course.
@Primus54 2 anos atrás
@@jgischer All the best and most popular horn solos were written by Pankow.
@jgischer 2 anos atrás
@@Primus54 Well, except for "25 or 6 to 4" written by Robert Lamm. The song kills, there's no question about it. Of course, I'm sure Pankow wrote the horn parts.
@Primus54 2 anos atrás
@@jgischer Yeah… I meant the solos, not just the entire song. Cheers! 👍
@nldadabo Anos atrás
And the entire “Ballet for a girl from Buccanon” suite is so freaking amazing…it blows up the ol put down by music sophisticated snobs back in the day who had no clue about the high musical theory knowledge of these amazing musicians in Chicago the Band!
@edwilloughby8976 9 meses atrás
Absolutely positively one of my all time crazy favorites ever. I was a 14 or 15 year old kid singing this song at the top of my lungs every time I heard it on my AM radio. Thank you very much for this great breakdown. It brings real joy to my heart, and it makes me smile.
@c2itccase9 2 anos atrás
When I saw Chicago in the 70’s, Seraphine did a drum solo that stole the show.
@tomlemmon7292 Anos atrás
Seriously. Right before I listen to this, I listen to your run through of the 10 songs that are nominated for a grammy this year. Oh my God how ridiculous. Yes I know I'm an older guy but the quality of this Chicago song and so many others is so far beyond some of the crap that gets a claim these days.
@mschubeck Anos atrás
@c2itccase9 I think they've only had 3 drummers in 50 years - amazing by itself - but each of their concerts still highlights a phenomenal drum solo that goes on for around 10 minutes and still steals the show. (At least until their brass solo that does the same thing!)
@dbob3405 10 meses atrás
First rock concert I saw was Chicago in Charleston WV on October 2, 1970. My beloved Mother drove my best friend and me over 2 hours to see the show and waited in the parking lot. We were too young to drive. I still have vivid memories of what a great band they were. Kath was amazing but so was everyone in that band. People don’t realize how hard they rocked. I have seen many many more concerts since that 1st Chicago concert but none of them shines brighter than that Chicago show.
@moonbeanification 2 anos atrás
I feel lucky to have grown up with music like this playing everywhere all the time ♥♥♥
@slidetbone 2 anos atrás
I had tears in my eyes when you played Terry's isolated vocal. This has been one of the most emotional episodes you have made, not only because it is my favorite but to hear the tracks and understand the genesis of this song makes it more than great. What an experience! Thank you Rick!
@ferox965 2 anos atrás
Kath was the whole package. The doc about him is great.
@Gunners_Mate_Guns 2 anos atrás
@@ferox965 Yep, "The Terry Kath Experience" was well worth seeing. It was such a loving tribute from his daughter, too.
@jameshicks2231 2 anos atrás
Agree. What a dumb loss that was. I can only imagine what he would have been. I like to imagine that he would have left Chicago during the Cetera fetish years and had a wonder blues career. Such a great voice and guitar talent
@e-money5851 2 anos atrás
Talk about singing from the heart!
@josebegui 2 anos atrás
@@jameshicks2231 Yes I think he would have probably quit, but the question is whether he could have overcome his drugs/alcohol problem. TK in a power trio a la Hendrix/StevieRayVaughn would have been AWESOME.
Thank you for this amazing video! I want to know where Rick got these stems...hearing Terry's vocals isolated brought me to tears. Wow!
@jimbrew4529 Anos atrás
My first real concert was Chicago in 1973. It was like a spiritual experience. My God, the energy and musicianship.
@jazzfusioner9840 2 anos atrás
Adore the punchy horn section....Lee, Walter, and Jimmy.....Danny just killin' it on the kit......And then there's Terry...what can you say.....and the vocal layers of Bobby, Peter and Terry.....
@blies4492 Anos atrás
This is one of my all time favorites! The vocals and music are so beyond anything I’ve heard done in the last 30 years. So complex, yet maintains the musicality and emotion. Perfection.
Thank you, Rick. Chicago was my favorite band until Terry's death. Their first albums were stunning! I only saw them once live in '73 in Barton Coliseum, Little Rock, Arkansas. They were mind blowing and all were great, but Danny Seraphine was beyond human great. I could tell he was a really good drummer, but until that night I had no idea! Kudos to the band for giving me so many great memories and one incredible live performance!
@Alexander-dt8sk Anos atrás
I hate where this band headed after Terry's death. Peter Cetera is good in small doses, but the crap he did with them and then in his solo career is awful.
@danielgrove1300 2 anos atrás
When the band held auditions to replace Terry, I took the leap. Bittersweet in many ways, to be sure. But they were the nicest guys, Peter in particular. I was set up next to him and he was very encouraging. What an experience.
@zedlicious 2 anos atrás
Would love to hear more. Wow
@geraci89 2 anos atrás
That would be a cool story! Go on!
@bobbyboykin7137 2 anos atrás
Cmon Daniel, write that story down on a blog somewhere and post the URL. Would love to hear it! :-)
@ferox965 2 anos atrás
I agree with some of the other posters-give us the whole story, I'd love to read it.
@LaneDenson 2 anos atrás
Nice! When I heard Dawayne Bailey was on the outs, I scrambled to find any contacts that could put me in touch with the band to see if I could audition myself. But by the time I made any headway Keith Howland had already gotten the gig.
@mmayes9466 5 meses atrás
I saw them at a concert in late ‘77. Terry Kath put 110% into every single word of every song he sang and 110% into every note he played.
@miguelmorales9667 Anos atrás
Chicago is one of the best bands ever. Their compositions are just amazing, especially in their earlier years.
@bruincs1 Anos atrás
When I want to sit, laugh, smile and remember how wonderful life is, I come back to this video Rick! We will never have music that can move us quite like the music of our adolescent years in the 70's. God really delivered back then.
@jakeowsley6552 Anos atrás
Arguably my favorite Chicago tune (from CTA to V), this was my FIRST, randomly picked Rick Beato video ... How perfect is that?
@jomomma8291 Anos atrás
The band always called him Ray Charles. He also could play lead and sing at the same time. He really was amazing.
I have just rediscovered Terry Kath's amazing voice and guitar playing. A truly underrated rock artist!
I don’t play an instrument but I love music and I love your channel!
@lisamerrittjohn 2 anos atrás
Definitely ridiculously great! One of my all time favorites.... I actually was inducted to play this guitar solo and sing this song in the 70's at the local Junior college.
@robbiegarnz7732 Anos atrás
Just amazing! Kath’s composition skills are unrivaled! And those vocals are incredibly soulful.
@icychill105 7 meses atrás
so much power and soul in Terry's voice, wish i had all those chicago tracks isolated
@Sommertest 2 anos atrás
No joke, Rick could do a “What makes...” on Row Row Row your boat and i would watch.
@dianamatthews2932 2 anos atrás
Sign me up.
@@dianamatthews2932 me too!
@scottbernard8824 2 anos atrás
Okay, that made me smile!
@pbwbrian53 2 anos atrás
I was watching one of my favorite tv shows, saw this was up, and down the Beato rabbit hole. Whooooo!
@michaelfitzurka5659 2 anos atrás
@kesslerrb Anos atrás
I’m a huge Chicago fan and this is definitely one of my favorite tunes!!
@bruceabrams1522 Anos atrás
I was a junior high trombonist when this came out and I realized there was a place for a brass player in rock n roll.
@Holaloha59 2 anos atrás
I love how you broke down this song. LOVE the song beyond measure, but now truly appreciate it even more. You breathed new life into it for me, Rick. And, confirmed for me that Chicago is one of the great bands in R&R and very under-appreciated. Thank you for this, it was a treat.
@LesbianPretzel 10 meses atrás
"Make Me Smile" is what I think is Kath's best vocal performance. Kath had some great vocal performances, particularly "Introduction" from Chicago Transit Authority, "Movin' In" from Chicago II, "Free" from Chicago III, and "Dialogue" from Chicago V, but "Make Me Smile" tops all of them.
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