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Chasing My Shadow

“Chasing My Shadow” is an original instrumental intended to be in the style of the Shadows.

July 13, 2020 at 8:04 am Leave a comment

What the Shadows Say

“What the Shadows Say” is an original instrumental composition intended to be similar in style to the Shadows.

July 10, 2020 at 7:47 am Leave a comment

Filler Up

“Filler Up” is an original composition intended to be in the style of 1960s guitar instrumentals like surf rock or the Ventures. In particular, it is an homage to the “filler cuts” typically written by the band members to fill out an album which otherwise usually featured covers of popular tunes of the day.

July 9, 2020 at 7:22 am Leave a comment

March to the Shadows

“March to the Shadows” is an original instrumental intended to be in the style of the Shadows.

July 3, 2020 at 8:08 am Leave a comment

Riff-a-Billy

“Riff-a-Billy” is an original instrumental intended to be in the early 1960s style of the Ventures.

July 2, 2020 at 7:47 am Leave a comment

What Goes On

This is my instrumental cover of “What Goes On”, first released by the Beatles track on their 1965 album Rubber Soul. The song was later released as the B-side of the US single “Nowhere Man”.

The original version of the song was written by John Lennon in the very early  days and considered as a follow-up to “Please Please Me” in early 1963. A demo of this version featuring Lennon and Paul McCartney was recorded in 1963, but the song was not used until 1965 as Ringo Starr’s vocal for Rubber Soul. Ringo contributed to the lyrics, his first-ever composing credit on a Beatles song.

I have a special affection for the Beatle’s rockabilly country numbers.

 

July 1, 2020 at 7:41 am Leave a comment

Kimono Be Blonde

“Kimono Be Blonde” is an original instrumental intended to be in the early 1960s style of the Ventures. I set out to create a 12-bar-based rocker that would hopefully be similar to something the band members would have written themselves. The title “Kimono Be Blonde” is an anagram of “Bob Don Nokie Mel”.

June 30, 2020 at 7:12 am Leave a comment

Statesboro Fistful

“Statesboro Fistful” is an original instrumental in a classic-rock/southern-rock style.  When I started work on it, I mainly intended to do something traditional in this vein…however, apparently my recent work arranging some of Ennio Morrione’s material lingered in my brain, as I think the melody and chords are reminiscent of his music.

 

June 27, 2020 at 7:58 am Leave a comment

Rolling Shadows

“Rolling Shadows” is an original instrumental intended to be in the 1960s style of the Shadows.

June 26, 2020 at 7:32 am Leave a comment

Blackout

“Blackout” is an original composition intended to be in the style of 1960s guitar instrumentals like surf rock or the Ventures.

June 23, 2020 at 7:54 am Leave a comment

A Thousand Shadows

“A Thousand Shadows” is an original instrumental intended to be in the style of the Shadows.

June 22, 2020 at 7:45 am Leave a comment

Lute Prelude

This is my arrangement of J.S. Bach’s Prelude in C minor, BWV 999 – commonly known as the “Lute Prelude”. It was sometime between 1717 and 1723. Though originally composed for Lute-Harpsichord it has since been adapted for various instruments, including lute, piano and guitar. It is a staple of the classical guitar repertoire.

Since my musical  education is a traditional, classical one, and since my guitar training was entirely in classical guitar, this arrangement came together fairly smoothly.

June 19, 2020 at 7:22 am Leave a comment

Silvan Shadows

“Silvan Shadows” is an original instrumental intended to be in the style of the Shadows.

June 8, 2020 at 7:56 am Leave a comment

Hotel California

This is my instrumental cover of the Eagles’ hit “Hotel California”.

It is the title track from the Eagles’ album of the same name and was released as a single in February 1977. Writing credits for the song are shared by Don Felder (music), Don Henley, and Glenn Frey (lyrics). The Eagles’ original recording of the song features Henley singing the lead vocals and concludes with an extended section of electric guitar interplay between Felder and Joe Walsh.

My arrangement rocks things up a bit and was intended, at least somewhat, to imagine how the Ventures might have handled it.

June 6, 2020 at 8:07 am Leave a comment

A Fistful of Dollars

This is my cover of the main theme from “A Fistful of Dollars”. Composed by Ennio Morricone, it was part of his score for the 1964 Sergio Leone “spaghetti western”, which gave Clint Eastwood his first starring movie role.

In spite of the prominence of guitars in the original version, I could find no versions by any contemporaneous instrumental rock groups.

 

June 3, 2020 at 2:58 pm Leave a comment

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