Archive for January, 2018

Alentejo

“Alentejo” was released by the Shadows on their 1967 album “From Hank, Bruce, Brian and John”.

My version is a pretty straight cover although I allow myself one verse for some improvisation.

Alentejo is a geographical, historical and cultural region of southern Portugal, noted for it’s mild weather, wine, beaches, and locally grown food.

January 31, 2018 at 3:41 pm Leave a comment

A Sigh

“A Sigh” is based on a piano concert etude by Franz Liszt entitled “Un Sospiro”. The Shadows recorded an arrangement by Norrie Paramor on their 1966 album, “Shadow Music”. My version is inspired by the Shadows, but is not a literal cover.

January 30, 2018 at 5:53 pm Leave a comment

Cosy

“Cosy” was a track on the Shadows 2nd album, “Out of the Shadows”. Written by Mort Garson (who also wrote “Our Day Will Come” for Ruby and the Romantics) and Earl Schuman, it is a 1950’s style, doo-wop slow dance. My arrangement follows the original, but is not a note-for-note cover; I added a few things and play the melody in my own way.

January 29, 2018 at 6:27 pm Leave a comment

Off in the Valley

“Off in the Valley” 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 similar to the style of the Shadows.

January 27, 2018 at 5:34 pm Leave a comment

Equus Canticum

“Equus Canticum” 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 similar to the style of the Shadows.

January 23, 2018 at 3:46 pm Leave a comment

Oh Pair!

“Oh Pair!” 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 similar to the style of the Shadows.

January 20, 2018 at 5:56 pm Leave a comment

Youtube and Facebook

Hello everyone:

Happy New Year!

I’d like to suggest that you consider subscribing to my Youtube channel and/or like my Facebook music page.

Both of these are great ways to get the very latest content delivered to you, and show support for my musical efforts.

Thanks so much!

January 18, 2018 at 7:08 pm Leave a comment

Quartermaster’s Stores

“Quartermaster’s Stores” is a British traditional song that is popular with scouts and as a military marching song.  There are numerous verses of lyrics, many a bit unsavory.

The context here is that an instrumental arrangement was used as the “B” side to the Shadows 1960 #1 UK hit “Apache”. The Spotniks also released a similar version. My arrangement is based on the Shadows’, but is not a note-for-note cover.

January 18, 2018 at 3:39 pm Leave a comment

Snow Shadows

“Snow Shadows” 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 similar to the style of the Shadows.

January 17, 2018 at 6:58 pm Leave a comment

Fly Me to the Moon

Fly Me to the Moon“, originally titled “In Other Words“, was written in 1954 by Bart Howard. It is a frequently recorded jazz standard often featured in popular culture.

The Shadows recorded a version on their 1966 album “Shadow Music”. While my arrangement is not a literal cover, it is based on the Shadows version.

January 16, 2018 at 7:56 pm Leave a comment

Blue’s Theme

“Blues Theme” is from the 1966 biker film “The Wild Angels” starring Peter Fonda and Nancy Sinatra and directed by Roger Corman. This instrumental was written by Mike Curb and was performed by Davie Allen and the Arrows. “Blue” is the name of the character played by Peter Fonda. Both the single and the sound track album sold well; the single stayed on the charts for 17 weeks.

January 13, 2018 at 3:19 pm Leave a comment

Temptation

“Temptation” was composed by Nacio Herb Brown in 1933 and first presented by Bing Crosby in the movie “Going Hollywood”. Probably the most well-known version is Perry Como’s, recorded in 1945.

It has been recorded by many other artists, including the Shadows. It was the last track on the 1964 album “Dance with the Shadows”. Their version is the inspiration and influence for my instrumental arrangement, which while not a cover, is intended to be in their style.

January 6, 2018 at 3:46 pm Leave a comment

Campfire Shadows

“Campfire Shadows” 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 similar to the style of the Shadows.

January 4, 2018 at 4:40 pm Leave a comment

Sleepwalk

“Sleepwalk” needs no introduction. A number one hit in 1959 for Santo and Johnny, there may be no better song in the world for a slow dance or for watching the submarine races. It has also probably been covered by more guitarists and guitar groups than any other single instrumental song.

 

January 2, 2018 at 12:30 pm Leave a comment

Changing Tides

“Changing Tides” is an album track from the Ventures’ 1963 album “Surfing”. It’s actually much more of a moody, ambient composition that a surf-rocker. I have made a few minor changes to the original for my arrangement.

January 1, 2018 at 8:47 am Leave a comment


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