Ohhh. . . It's been quite a while since I put "pencil to manuscript paper" in writing music.
Actually. . . . it's also been quite a while (but not as long) since I've written music in any which way.
A little background. . .
This piece was inspired by two things. Emotionally, it's inspired by my sentimental nastalgia of 25+ years ago when I lived in Boston attending music college. I am very grateful and feel blessed with any and all periods of my life. But when it comes to music (and being young), I hold my "Boston Years" with much warmth and sentimentality. I had wonderful apartment-mates, great opportunities to listen and learn about lots of different types of music, and, in general, just had a LOT of fun! One college friend and room-mate exposed me to progressive rock-jazz. I'm embarrased to say that up until then, my exposure to music consisted mainly of the Beatles (still think that they were way ahead of their time for pop music! ), Elton John, edited to add: Chicago (Yea! Chicago! ) and many other similar pop artists. (I also liked film music, which was my major in college.) My friend Glenn introduced me to many styles of music, actually. But, in particular, I used to listen with him to artists like Jethro Tull, Gentle Giant, E. L. P., Yes, Weather Report and many others. One of my favorites was a group called Dixie Dreggs. I saw them live a couple of times in Boston. They were awesome!! What makes progressive rock/jazz fusion great is, of course, the music (the composition). But just as important, what makes this style of music great (as other styles of music) is musicians with great playing ability and improvisational chops. The members of Dixie Dreggs could play their instruments!! Their "Fiddle" player won all sorts of awards during that time for playing a "mean" violin (ala rock/jazz/blue-grass fusion).
This leads me to my second source of inspiration: Wanting to utilized Garritan's Stradivari! (As well as a few other newer instrumental plug-ins.) Actually, I wanted to practice putting pencil to manuscript paper. I wanted to write anything. But knowing that there's a Garritan Stradivari residing inside my computer that's being painfully under-utilized helped "inspire" me to compose, especially after I purchased an electric guitar sound library by Music Lab called "RealStrat"!! This is just an awesome plug-in. It comes with a virtual guitar amplifier with effects which is equally awesome! It seems these plug-ins all play well together! At least they seem to do so to my modest ears.
Now. . . I do NOT pretend to believe that that I am a hot progressive rock/jazz fusion musician. I am NOT! I can barely play 16th-note runs to the metronome marking of 120 bpm. As a matter of fact, if/when I write anything that has fast runs in it (which is rare, of course), I sequence them to a metronome marking speed of about 80 bpm. Then I press the little button that says "120" then away we go!!! LOL!
I had fun doing this. I really wish I did this more often!
Anyway. . .
From a compositional point of view, this piece is what it is. It AIN'T Dixie Dreggs or Yes or E. L. P. (Emerson, Lake and Palmer). But it is a real basic rendition of this style of music. Although I'm happy with the piece, I can see that I need to continue to practice writing. I'll get there.
However. . . I would be grateful to any mix-down suggestions. This is a fairly rough mix, so any comments on the mix will be welcomed!
Enjoy the listen!
Pop Fusion Rock #1
(Plug-ins used: Garritan's JABB for drums, all horns, piano and flute; Garritan's Stradivari Music Lab's RealStrat, and an electric bass sound provided by Wizoo.)