Saturday, May 11, 2019

Tunes 106 through 113: We've Got Some Catching Up To Do

I went down a few dead ends - or caught and released some melodies - before ending up here.  Are you doing your best or just having fun?

Radishology (106)
I used the opening notes of Béla Fleck's Flight of the Cosmic Hippo as a jumping off point for this "composition". This whole thing doesn't sound that unique to me - maybe I'm copying some other song or maybe I wrote something similar earlier along the way - but this sequence of notes naturally came out and feels good to play. It's the act of creation that counts the most, not whether it's original or inspired or even good.

Last Chance to Row (107)
Recorded 4/20/19.  It was still coming together as I was recording it. The melody has similarities to the track Let Us Dance from Beverly Glenn-Copeland's Keyboard Fantasies album.

Head in the Clouds (108)
Recorded 4/20/19 with xylophone. Written late on the night before. This melody has similarities to the track Jag Ville Va Kvar from the Dungen / Woods album Myths 003.

Drying Rack (109)
This came to be after listening a little bit to The Young Marble Giants (the A-part) and then thinking up an Off to Sea Once More / Spancil Hill type melody (the B-part). Melody played on xylophone.

Dish Rag (110)
This tune arrived unexpectedly after a week of listening to Motown, Booker T., The Meters, et cetera. I heard this melody in my head earlier today and then quickly found the notes on the xylophone. I was able to play the sound in my head! After quickly composing I made note of the notes. Later in the day I finally had a chance to play it on banjo and that is what you hear here.

Scallions (111)
This tune has a melody similar to a well known Temptations song. I came up with it after listening to Booker T. and the M.G.'s. The recording was made on Saturday 5/11/2019. Played it on banjo first and then played along with that on xylophone. This would be tune 111 by my count.

Under Lock and Key (112)
This tune is kind of a combo of Lochs of Dread and Hang 'Em High. I've been playing around with it for a while and finally recorded a version on 5/10/19 with my Ome tenor banjo.

High-Flite 90 (113)
This melody almost wrote itself after I first listened to Jake Xerxes Fussell for the first time. I like the sound of it.