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Summertime lesson

09 August 2014 - 11:02 AM

Hi Kirk,

Thanks for doing this lesson. I can almost feel the hot breeze blowing through the cotton.
Great vibe. And that turnaround you do after "and the cotton is high...." is sweet.
And the Eaug/A# (I think that's what it was) is a really cool chord.

Gonna practice this and post my version.
thanks again,

Moon River Lesson

02 June 2014 - 10:16 AM

Kirk - thanks very much for doing this lesson. What a beautiful arrangement. Definitely my next project.

By the way, if you want to stick with Mancini, you may want to try Two for the Road. Mancini's favourite and a great tune.


The Valley

18 July 2013 - 06:31 PM

Hi everyone,

Here's one of my favourite songs by Jane Siberry.
I placed it here in SongWriting along with her lyrics just in the hopes that it will inspire someone.
I really like Jane. She is pretty quirky and some of her songs don't find me in their target market. But a lot do. Probably her most famous song is Calling All Angels that has been in a few movies.

Here is The Valley sung by K.D. Lang.

I live in the hills

You live in the valleys

And all that you know

Are these blackbirds

You rise every morning

Wondering what in the world

Will the world bring today

Will it bring you joy

Or will it take it away?

And every step you take

Is guided by

The love of the light on the land

And the blackbird's cry

You will walk, you will walk

You will walk in good company

Valley is dark, the burgeoning holding

The stillness obscured by their judging

You walk through the shadows

Uncertain and surely hurting

Deserted by the blackbirds

And the staccato of the staff

And though you trust the light

Towards which you wend your way

Sometimes you feel all that you wanted

Has been taken away

You will walk, you will walk

You will walk in good company

I love the best in you

You love the best in me

Though it is not always easy

Lovely, lonely

We will walk, we will walk

We will walk in good company

The shepherd, upright and flowing

You see

The Band: Whispering Pines

29 April 2013 - 05:51 PM

Hi Everyone,

I was listening to the radio the other day and they played the song "Whispering Pines" by the band. Hadn't heard it in a long time. It was written in ~1968 by Richard Manuel and Robbie Robertson. On this youtube clip from their, hmm, what's the word?, eponymous album (whatever - it's their Brown album), it is sung by Richard and Levon Helm (I think - it might be Rick Danko, not sure).

It's a stunningly beautiful song. The lyrics are so full of loss and heartbreak. But there seems to be a positive, uplifting aspect to it as well.
"With you in sight, the lost are found"


The chord changes are interesting and not a normal I IV V progression. Cmaj7 to Em to Am with a descending bass line of G to F (which makes it an Fmaj7) then this really cool Bb to G7. Who knew that Bb to G7 could have a feeling of such resolution?

Then this really cool run up with Eb to Abmaj7 (what key is that?) down to a Cm and then a gorgeous lift to Cmaj7. It's almost classical. And that lift of the minor to the major is sooo beautiful.

The Band was pretty cool - if you haven't seen it, you have to watch "The Last Waltz". It was (ostensibly) their final concert. It had Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, Dr John, Ringo, Emmy-lou Harris, Muddy Waters, etc. The best rock movie ever made. In the finale, everyone is on stage and they are singing Dylan's "I will be released". There's this really awkward moment when no-one knows who is going to sing the next verse, when this haunting falsetto voice starts to sing. It's Richard Manuel and he's hidden behind everyone. Martin Scorcese's camera man tries in vane to find the singer. I think it epitomizes Richard Manuel.

Anyway, beautiful song...


Latin Cliche - Chromatic Run

06 October 2012 - 04:02 PM

This musical cliche is found in lots of music (it's in stairway to heaven for example) but is most typical of Latin style music.
It's not difficult to do and is kind of fun. It's an easy way to embellish a minor chord once you've got it mastered.

It starts with a minor chord - in the easy example it would be an Em shape minor chord - the video has that up at the 5th fret making it a Am. Chromatic descending line is on the 4th string - starts at the root note (A), drops a half tone (making the chord Am maj7), the drops another half tone making the chord a Am7.