If you missed some of my previous posts, I’m composing a collection of piano pieces called Suite Musical Desserts. Each one will be (at least in theory) quite different from one another and each one will be dedicated to someone on this forum because I just love the spirit, support and… ,for lack of a better word, ..fun I find here. My hope is to orchestrate them in the future so there will be two versions of the suite.
This entry is “Revenge of the Duppie” and is dedicated to Larry Alexander. Larry’s music is always so much fun to listen to, it just perks you right up after a bad day at the office or wherever. Of course, I had to put in some of his little quirky delights that makes his music so infectious and attempt to make it fun loving like Larry’s. (Hard to do!)
It’s kind of a Jazzy/ Bluesy concoction with a twist of Rag in the middle. The title comes NOT from Duppie—a depressed urban professional (who are probably growing in numbers at this point) but from the Jamaican beliefs in spirits/souls which come back from the dead and for some people, cause unrelenting grief. They are mischievous, generally up to no good, and if they don’t like you, watch out. Thought the title went well for the Halloween season approaching too. At any rate, the Duppie does raise havoc to the piece at the end…..darn Duppie!!
After hearing about your ordeal with shingles Larry, I set out to write this piece for you as sort of a “get well musical card”. If I spent to much time on it, you would be all well, (which I hope of course is fast for you because I’ve had shingles too and I know it is no picnic.) so it is kind of stiff sounding for jazz (mouse entry sucks! Try to do blues swing with a mouse…impossible) and the gain was set too high, but I needed to get this out to ya to cheer you up a bit.
I was hoping to buy a midi keyboard, but with the economy as it is, I’m having clients either cutting back on their designs or dropping projects all together, which is good and bad for me. Bad of course, because my income goes South , Good in that now I have more time for composing. …so maybe next year.
This performance is using the stage perspective of GAS.
Revenge of the Duppie