Archive for July, 2017

Next Time Up

“Next Time Up” is an original composition in which I try to combine the feel of 60’s instrumental guitar rock with a somewhat more sophisticated musical and harmonic language than was typical for that genre. This one is like the style of the Shadows, with perhaps a few Ventures mannerisms as well.

July 25, 2017 at 5:13 pm Leave a comment

If

“If” was written by singer-songwriter-producer-multi-instrumentalist-wrecking crew member David Gates in 1971. Originally popularized by his group Bread, the song charted at number four on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 when released as a single.

My instrumental arrangement is based on the original but has an earlier sixties feel.

July 24, 2017 at 2:23 pm Leave a comment

Goliath

“Goliath” is a wonderful, 8-year-old German Sherherd that we recently adopted from a local shelter. I wanted to write him a “welcome to your new home” song. He is so calm and sweet, and is accepting us so quickly, that it felt appropriate to make that song a pretty ballad. It’s amazing how fast you fall in love with a dog. This is in the instrumental style of the Shadows.

 

July 23, 2017 at 3:52 pm Leave a comment

Twing, Twang, Twung

“Twing, Twang, Twung” is an original instrumental that combines elements of the styles of Duane Eddy, the Ventures, and the Shadows. All three are artists I’ve spent considerable time studying.

The most prominent lead instrument is the baritone guitar.

 

July 22, 2017 at 6:48 pm Leave a comment

Yes It Is

“Yes It Is” was released as theB-side to “Ticket to Ride”. Written by John Lennon (and credited to Lennon McCartney), it is similar in some ways to  “This Boy”, which is derived from doo-wop. In the USA, it also appeared on the album “Beatles VI”.

My instrumental arrangement attempts to preserve to poignant quality of the original.

 

July 21, 2017 at 6:48 pm Leave a comment

Shadow Rider

“Shadow Rider” is an original composition in which I try to combine the feel of 60’s instrumental guitar rock with a somewhat more sophisticated musical and harmonic language than was typical for that genre. This one is like the style of the Shadows.

July 20, 2017 at 4:01 pm Leave a comment

Smooth Shadow

“Smooth Shadow” is an original instrumental that combines two of the styles in which I work. The harmonic and rhythmic setting is like a smooth jazz or 80’s ballad, while the melody is a bit more simple…in a sixties guitar style similar to Hank Marvin of the Shadows.

 

July 19, 2017 at 7:21 pm Leave a comment

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