Did you ever hear the story about the three-legged dog who limped into Dodge City looking for the man who shot his paw? Many of you have already heard that joke, but I feel that it is strong enough, comically speaking, to repeat.
Our local radio station only plays music that was recorded between 1950 and 1969. Just the other day I heard a song from my youth that I wasn’t even sure was a song. (I actually thought he was saying Mr. Custard). Wikipedia says the following: “Mr. Custer” is a novelty song, sung by Larry Verne, and written by Al DeLory, Fred Darian, and Joseph Van Winkle. It was a number-one song in the United States in 1960, topping the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for the issue dated October 10, 1960, and remained there for one week. It is a comical song about a soldier’s plea to Custer before the climactic Battle of the Little Bighorn against the Sioux, which he did not want to fight. “Mr. Custer” was also a No. 12 hit in the UK for Charlie Drake in 1962. So that means I was a very small person when this song came out. How about you? Do you remember when this song came out? Check it out at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0nHWAoIfxo
As for me, I have been quite busy with school. I am learning all about music theory and composition. If you ever decide to go into that field, I have one piece of advice: Buy a large box of erasers. You will need them. If you are composing a piece of classical music in a minor key, and happen to move from a V chord to a VI chord (a move known as a “Deceptive Cadence”) you must be sure to not double the root. You always double the third, otherwise you will end up with an augmented second interval, which apparently is not a good thing. Why does this only happen between the V and VI chords? It happens because that is the only place in a minor scale where two major triads are found a half-step apart. But you probably already knew that.