CinemaSlice is proud to present “Art Lives On” A Collection of Original Music by David Waldman.
Over the past year David has written and recorded a new song each month for Slicers to serenade their ears in bliss. Every month David unleashed another song unto the SlicerVerse for our enjoyment! Like a balanced pendulum, these sonic manifestations were dropped on our heads one-by-one, like a slippery newborn.
An online article, dated November 3, 2018, by Jason Daley, writing for the Sierra Club, revealed that a new study found plastic in Our (Human) Poop. Indeed, tiny plastic fragments and fibers were everywhere.
I thought of the Horror implications of this for our species and decided to write a song and make a video about the problem. My song, “There’s Plastic in Our Poops Now,” is not a substitute for the science behind the article. If you are interested in the article and its implications, here is the link: https://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/new-study-finds-plastic-our-poop
Late in August 2018, David Waldman asked Facebook friends to state their favorite musical genres. Among the genres mentioned were: funk, contemporary jazz, swing, folk, and Motown. He set about writing a musical work with elements of all 5 suggested genres. Originally, he was going to call it “Disaster”, which he assumed would be the new genre created by this musical effort. As the piece turned out better than expected, he’s called it “A Pause in the Disaster.” See what you think, and share it if you like.
Late in August 2018, I asked Facebook friends to state their favorite musical genres. Among the genres mentioned were: funk, contemporary jazz, swing, folk, and Motown. I set about writing a musical work with elements of all 5 suggested genres. Originally, I was going to call it “Disaster”, which I assumed would be the new genre created by this musical effort. As the piece turned out better than expected, I’ve called it “A Pause in the Disaster.” See what you think, and share it if you like.
Sometimes — actually rather often — I hear a string of words that amuses me in its content and possesses a natural rhythm. Often the rhythm of the string of words suggests the possible rhythm of the entire song.
The string of words, in the present case found at the end of the third verse, instantly suggested both a preferred musical genre (country music), the feeling of the song (comedy), and it identified itself as the “hook” or “punchline” that might reward the listener for sticking with the song through the first two and most of the third verse. I knew early on that I wanted a vocal track and guitar, bass, solo violin and percussion, and later I added a backup violin, banjo and some oohs and aahs. At its core, this is a bit of a relationship song, in which the tolerant singer identifies the limits of his/her tolerance.
As for the title, I decided that rather than use the entire eight-word hook, which would prematurely disclose the joke, I’d shorten it to just one word: “Lips.” The short title does not telegraph what’s coming, and rather might suggest a sensual love song. Surprise!
Songwriting for me is a labor of love. So, as Labor Day celebrations occur early in September, it seems fitting to have a bit of musical fun. So, clap yer hands and flap yer “Lips”!
In June of every year for about the past decade, I’ve played live music as part of the festivities of “A Night in June”, a music celebration which takes place in Pinconning City Park, Pinconning, Michigan, during the month of June.
This year, while I was rehearsing with my fellow musicians, it occurred to me that the festival itself has no “signature song.” So, I set about trying to see if our performance group would be interested in playing a new original song for which I’d provide the lead sheets. The group was in favor, and we rehearsed the tune in anticipation of performance.
I then decided to share the song with CinemaSlice.com for to feature as part of my “Art Lives On” series, in which I’m providing one original song during each month of 2018.
The song is a simple 1950’s-style vintage cowboy or country waltz. The recorded arrangement features vocals, violin, guitar, bass, chorus, and percussion.
During the month of July, in which we celebrate Independence Day, community activities range from parades, fireworks, outdoor concerts and gatherings of families and friends. It’s also a great time for individual reflection about what’s important and to recommit to positive action to benefit self and others.
While I planned to write a song called “You Get My Goat,” I wrote this melody and decided, “This isn’t that song.” For no particular reason, I then changed the title to “Election Day.” After writing the lyrics to the tune, I again changed the title to “What It Is.” This is, in fact a meandering song, starting out as a reflection of frustrations of searching for work in a tight job market, then morphing to an expression of a wish to find meaning in life, then starting a diatribe, an ain’t-it-awful commentary about our culture, then a questioning of whether involvement in social problems is worth the effort, then a decision to embrace action, commitment and self-acceptance, then a wish for others to see their own value and how that value may be appreciated by others, and finally extolling the value and uniqueness of each individual who chooses to try to maximize their potential.
There are two versions of “What It Is” – a moderately slow lyrical version and a faster instrumental version. The addition of lyrics and change of speed tend to create different moods. It’s my hope that after listening, you’ll at least conclude, “It is ‘What It Is’”, and not “You get my goat!” 🙂
Back with another music piece to add to the “Art Lives On” project! And more directly, to release ART into the world!
When I recently became aware of the toxicity of the innards of a favorite children’s bath toy, the rubber duck, I set about writing a parody song, with different melody, lyrics and chord structure, yet reminiscent of a song that used to be quite popular.
My thanks to Jodi Pierson-Kraska who shared two photographs for this project.
I’m proud to present the 5th song in my CinemaSlice series, Art Lives On!
Recently, my wife asked me to come to the back livingroom window to identify the critter that was terrorizing our backyard squirrels and eating the sunflower seeds which she had set out for them. The critter turned out to be an opossum. As luck would have it, I had my camera set up in the living room and began filming our unexpected guest. While filming, I thought of a comedy country song that I had written in 2002 called “Possum on the Hill.”
After a search, realized that I still had the music track, but no vocals saved in my music software program or anywhere else. So, after our visiting opossum had his fill of sunflower seeds and left the backyard, I recorded a new vocal track. I then imported the camera footage and the music mixdown into my video program and created a music video for my YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/user/biloxiguy.
I’m already married. So, without further “I do,” I’m pleased to share the music video “Possum on the Hill” this month (May 2018) as part of my “Art LivesOn” series for CinemaSlice.com.
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