Archive for February, 2017

Wichita Lineman

Wichita Lineman” was written by American songwriter Jimmy Webb in 1968. It was first recorded by Glen Campbell with backing from members of The Wrecking Crew. Campbell’s version, which appeared on his 1968 album of the same name, reached #3 on the U.S. pop chart, remaining in the Top 100 for 15 weeks.

This is truly a great song. I encourage you to find and listen to Johnny A’s  version. My instrumental arrangement is based more on the original.

February 27, 2017 at 7:47 pm Leave a comment

The Windmills of Your Mind

“The Windmills of Your Mind” is a song with music by French composer Michel Legrand and English lyrics written by Americans Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman. The song (with the English lyrics) was introduced in the film “The Thomas Crown Affair “(1968).

The version in the movie was sung by Noel Harrison. A cover by Dusty Springfield cracked the USA top-40 in 1969.

This one probably qualifies for my “anachronistic surf rock” category.


February 26, 2017 at 7:10 pm Leave a comment

By the Time I Get to Phoenix

By the Time I Get to Phoenix” was written by Jimmy Webb. First recorded by Johnny Rivers in 1965, it was later covered by Glen Campbell in 1967 — which led to both Campbell’s superstardom and Webb’s success as a songwriter. Webb was in his late teens when he wrote this classic.

This is my 4th instrumental recording of “By the Time I Get to Phoenix“.


February 25, 2017 at 5:54 pm Leave a comment

Over Under Sideways Down

“Over Under Sideways Down” was released in 1966 by the English rock group the Yardbirds. On the studio recording, Jeff Beck played both the lead guitar and bass guitar.

The single performed well on the record charts – it reached number 10 in the UK and number 13 in the US. The song was ranked number 23 in Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time.

My instrumental arrangement is based on the original.

February 24, 2017 at 5:34 pm Leave a comment

I Will Wait for You

I Will Wait for You” is the English version of “Je ne pourrai jamais vivre sans toi”, a  song from the French musical The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Les Parapluies de Cherbourg, 1964). The music was composed by Michel Legrand and the original lyrics written by Jacques Demy. The English lyrics of the song were written by Norman Gimbel.

The film starred Catherine Deneuve and Nino Castelnuovo.  The film dialogue is all sung as recitative — similar in style to an opera.

My instrumental arrangement is surf-rock.


February 23, 2017 at 4:26 pm Leave a comment

Theme From the Endless Summer

“The Endless Summer” is a 1966 surf movie-that follows two surfers on a surfing trip around the world. The title comes from the idea that if one had enough time and money it would be possible to follow the summer up and down the world, making it endless.

The soundtrack and main theme of the film were the work of a surf-rock group called “The Sandals”. The theme was released as a single but never charted, however it is still widely recognizable due to the film’s popularity. The Ventures covered it on a single released in Australia.

My arrangement hews closely to the original with just a few instrument and harmonic changes.

February 21, 2017 at 7:00 pm Leave a comment

The War Lord

“The War Lord” is a 1965  film set in 11th century Normandy, starring Charlton Heston and Richard Boone. Until this film, most Hollywood representations of feudal life were glamorized. The War Lord attempts to portray the 11th Century in a more accurate fashion as dirty, violent and ruled by brute force.

In 1965 the Shadows released a single of the movie’s main theme, which peaked at #18 on the UK pop charts.

My arrangement is based on the Shadows version, but substitutes a baritone guitar for the main theme. It also modulates halfway through to take advantage of the lower notes available on the baritone.


February 19, 2017 at 6:31 pm Leave a comment

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