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Friday, January 8, 2016

Song #6

This song is in Eb. I prepared by writing the bridge of #5 in this key. It begins with an unusual set of intervals, rising to the tonic from the third, fourth, and sixth notes of the scale. I am very simplistic, in that, since I notice a lot of my songs emphasize falling patterns, I am using more "rise" in this one.

The bridge only has three chords, but I stole a melodic motif from Stravinsky's Firebird to make it more melodic.

Being unafraid of beauty is very important. When I write something beautiful, I keep it. I don't have much choice, since I have only myself as ear. I am in thrall to easy chromaticism and cheap tritones, but this new piece doesn't overuse the tritone substitution, at least. I stick to straightforward dominant 7 chords.

I wish my playing and improvising were keeping pace. I was told I had a Chet Baker voice, so there's that. I'm sure playing for an hour or so a day can't hurt my finger speed.

This latest piece will be in the Lorca series. Trying to hit that sweet spot between catchy and intellectual-sounding. If this one works out I will try another key, moving through the circle of 4ths.

4 comments:

David Alan Binder said...

Hello, I am David Alan Binder

I love interviewing authors, drop me a line and let’s talk.

My website is located at the following place; this site is safe.

https://sites.google.com/site/dalanbinder

I look forward to hearing from you.

The interviews are done via email only so that makes it very simple at abring@juno.com or dalanbinder@gmail.com

Here is a sample author interview I recently posted to my website of an author whose written 80 books so far:
https://sites.google.com/site/dalanbinder/blog/0673-227post-authorandrewcroftsinterviewbydavidalanbinderabouthisbookconfessionsofaghostwriter

My blog features articles to help writers, offer a Write Coach Service, interviews of authors, and I ghostwrite.
Additionally on my site I have a tab of poetry (don't we all, LOL), and some T-shirts ideas text that combined with someone’s graphic could be awesome.

Let's talk.
David Alan Binder

Thomas said...

Hello, I am Thomas Basbøll

I hate spam comments like this, and always delete them. Since Jonathan has forgotten to do so, I'm going to abuse yours, David Alan Binder.

I don't care where your website is located; your site is probably shit.

I do not ever look forward to hearing from people like you.

You do your interviews by email only, so that makes them really cheap, like you, I presume.

I'm not going to click through to your interview with Andrew Crofts even if your site is safe but I have made a mental note that he's probably sort of shit himself as are his 80 books probably.

It's not his fault that I now have a low opinion of him, but yours. You promote your blog through stupid spam comments like this and sully the name of any author that is associated with you.

Additionally, I'm literally LOL about your "tab of poetry" (no we don't, and no I'm not literally, obviously), and it'd be awesome if you combined your T-shirt ideas with a graphic image of you stuffing...

Let's not.
Thomas Basbøll

Jonathan said...

He probably won't even read this, since he leaves these spams all over the internet (I'm imagining). Nice response, though.

Thomas said...

Yes, probably true. I'm enjoying your song posts, though. Thanks for them.