Shadow Rising

“Shadow Rising” 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.

August 15, 2017 at 8:18 pm Leave a comment

It Won’t Be Long

It Won’t Be Long” is the opening track on With the Beatles, the Beatles’ second UK album. Although credited to Lennon–McCartney, it was primarily a John Lennon composition, with Paul McCartney assisting with the lyrics and arrangement. In the US, “It Won’t Be Long” first appeared on Meet the Beatles!, released in January, 1964.

My instrumental arrangement follows the original, but is slower. This actually makes it it easier to hear the numerous rather unconventional — and very imaginative — aspects of the song.

August 15, 2017 at 4:55 pm Leave a comment

Twang Chaser

“Twang Chaser” is an original instrumental in the late-50’s early 60’s style of guitar twangmaster Duane Eddy — who together with producer Lee Hazlewood — put together a string of 27 Hot-100 hits between 1958 and 1964.

August 15, 2017 at 7:55 am Leave a comment

There’s a Place

There’s a Place” was actually co-written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney (as opposed to being the work of one or the other), and was first released as a track on the Beatles’ debut LP, Please Please Me. In the US it was released on Introducing… The Beatles (Vee-Jay Records) and as the B-side of “Twist and Shout”.

My instrumental arrangement tracks the original.

August 14, 2017 at 2:30 pm Leave a comment

Gremmie

“Gremmie” 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 surf rock style of the Ventures.

August 13, 2017 at 2:09 pm Leave a comment

Guyasuta

“Guyasuta” 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, who recorded a number of tracks with a Native American Indian inspiration.

Guyasuta was an important Native American leader of the Seneca tribe in the second half of the eighteenth century, playing a central role in the diplomacy and warfare of that era. He lived along the Allegheny River near where I live today.

August 12, 2017 at 7:37 pm Leave a comment

Tell Me Why

Tell Me Why” is a song from Beatles film and album A Hard Day’s Night. In North America, it was released on both the American version of A Hard Day’s Night and the album Something New. Credited to Lennon–McCartney, it was written by John Lennon. It was performed in the film as part of the ‘studio performance’ sequence.

My instrumental arrangement slows the tune down to a “slow dance tempo”.

August 11, 2017 at 1:39 pm Leave a comment

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