Sunday, August 13, 2017

Natalie's Lullabye Aug 2017 recital

I take the opening from Natalie Merchant's song, Verdi Cries, and develop the theme. The result is Natalie's Lullabye (link1). Key of D, short and sweet.

A live recording of Ms. Merchant singing Verdi Cries and playing piano is at this YouTube link.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Echoes of the Seven, Game of Thrones

Light of the Seven is from the TV show Game of Thrones. Ramin Djawadi wrote the original. 

I took the starting phrases and composed recorded what a peice that I call Echoes of the Seven. The recording is part of the May 2017 Piano World virtual recital (link1). The direct download is at Box (link2).

Enjoy.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Noah and the Raven

I recorded this in November 2016 for the Piano World recital (link1). It has been raining a lot here in Southern California. The song/tune is about Noah and his conversations with a Raven. Noah is famous for building an ark. The Raven is a symbol of his self doubt. Here is the link to the MP3 (link2).

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Gemini August ABF recital

Gemini is my August recital piece. The title comes from the call and response structure to the piece, reminding me of twins. It is in the key of C, recorded on a Casio PX150 digital piano. I use Audacity to boost the volume.

MP3 link. The Adult beginners recital with the many participants is at link2.

Enjoy.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

The Capistrano suite

The Capistrano suite is three short piano pieces. They are inspired by the swallows of San Juan Capistrano. They return to San Juan Capistrano (Southern California) in March, and leave for Argentina in October.

The old mission building circa 1776 is sometimes used by the nesting birds. The town celebrates the return of the swallows on St. Joseph's Day (March 19th).

There are three movements, about six minutes total:
Leaving Capistrano (in Bb)
Light as a Feather 
Clear Blue Sky

Here is the link to the mp3. This my May recital piece for Piano World (recital 42). The recital isn't live quite yet, but here is a link to the forum (link2). Enjoy.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Clear Blue Sky - live

I've been writing music for a while now, long beyond my four years on piano. Clear Blue Sky is some of my best work (mp3). This is from a live performance, recorded at Namaste Cafe in January 2016. It is a Kimball grand piano, with a mic, pumped through a p/a system, recorded on a voice recorder. Kudos to the sound man for helping make such a clean sounding field recording. It is part of the Adult Beginners Forum virtual piano recital for February (#27 at link2).

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Rainbow revisited

For the 40th Adult Beginners Forum recital, one suggestion was to revisit an early piece. Somewhere Over the Rainbow was one of the first pieces I learned when I started in March of 2012. Here is the link to the new version (link). Enjoy.