Here is a song called “It’s a Good Day” written by Lowell Fulson. It is from the songbook titled “Urban Blues for Guitar.” I hope it helps you to have a good day. Really. I am not just whistling Dixie.
The last few notes sound just like the last few notes on this song:
However, it is not MY original song. I transcribed the sheet music and chose which instruments to use. I also chose the drum loops, of which there are no less than five. So outside of writing the actual music this is all me, baby.
It is is called “Computer Blue” from Prince’s Purple Rain album. Just try to sit still when listening to it. The first version has been updated because there was just way too much sound. Sometimes less is more.
Some of the guys in the band think I play the guitar too loud. I think it is just right!
That was Chorale Number 81 by Bach, “Now That the Day Hath Reached Its Close.”
Finally, here are samples of an original work in progress. It is another example of “contrary movement.” That happens when one note goes up and another note goes down, and vice versa. I call it “The Original.” (Because it is.)
Walter Theodore “Sonny” Rollins (born September 7, 1930) is an American jazz tenor saxophonist who is widely recognized as one of the most important and influential jazz musicians. In a seven-decade career, he has recorded over sixty albums as a leader. A number of his compositions, including “St. Thomas”, “Oleo”, “Doxy”, “Pent-Up House”, and “Airegin”, have become jazz standards. Rollins has been called “the greatest living improviser” and the “Saxophone Colossus.”
From the songook titled Maiden Voyage – Fourteen Easy-to-Play Jazz Tunes, here is my version of Doxy by Sonny Rollins (without the 20 minute improv). (This was updated on Tuesday, 12-20. There was a wrong note on the mp3, if you can believe it.)
This song was written way back in 1903 by Hans Engelman. It is titled “Melody of Love.” We don’t hear much about Hans these days, but during his time he was quite popular. And he had great piano hands.
So sit down with that someone special, and listen closely……..
The eighth and final song from the book “Original Piano Duets by American Composers” is finished. It is titled “En Route March” and was written by Hans Engelmann.
Hans Engelmann (June 16, 1872 – May 5, 1914) was a composer of popular music in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Although little is remembered of him today, his work was greatly appreciated in his time. Largely writing for teaching material, by the end of his short life he had created nearly three thousand works. His most popular work, Melody of Love has been recorded by many popular musicians in the mid 20th century.
This concludes our study of early 20th Century American Composers.