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 back to present the 3rd installment of his collection of original music, Art Lives On!
In February 2014, I set out to write an Irish song, in 12/8 rhythm, in anticipation of St. Patrick’s Day.
The first challenge was mastering the spelling of “Shillelagh.” Thanks to my daughter for the cellphone footage of the jumping jacks. The lyrics are fanciful and portray a fictional character created for the song. The reference to Old Bailey required a bit of poetic license.
“The Old Bailey, also known as Justice Hall, the Sessions House, and the Central Criminal Court, was named after the street in which it was located, just off Newgate Street and next to Newgate Prison, in the western part of the City of London.”
Song: “I Had an Old Shillelagh”, Lyrics and Music Copyright February 01, 2014 by David M. Waldman, All Rights Reserved.
Video: “I Had an Old Shillelagh”, Video Copyright February 13, 2014 by David M. Waldman, All Rights Reserved
In this episode, Justin talks to director Michael Welborn about his new film Darkling, being an independent filmmaker, and other random things that popped into Justin’s head (as he tends to do). Two track from the film’s composer, Austin Michael aka AVZTN, close out the episode. We hope you enjoy it, see you again in about 2 weeks! Continue reading “The SliceCast – Michael Welborn”→
If you’ve not yet heard The Music Mixtape Vol. 36, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR!? (CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD)
I for one am thrilled with how this project came together! We have prepared 20 awesome songs from 19 independent bands from a variety of different genres. I truly believe there’s a track for everyone on this compilation album! STILL HAVEN’T LISTENED YET!? (CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD)
CinemaSlice is constantly working with independent musicians to collaborate on original soundtrack music– The idea for this particular project first came together in September of 2017, as a way to ‘give back’ to some of my favorite bands.