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Following Tom's song, “I Can Hardly Wait,” he tricks a friend into paying him with an apple and a brass door knocker for the privilege of doing Tom's fence painting job. Sitting in the shade and smugly chomping on the apple, Tom congratulates himself for being so clever.
Throughout the song more boys come by and join the fence painting party, each dutifully paying Tom with whatever they have with them – marbles, a kite, a yo-yo, a dead rat tied to a string,—all the coveted treasures a boy could wish for.
They all sing, dance, throw whitewash over each other (confetti, for those concerned about the mess on stage!) – and then make a mad dash for the nearby swimmin' hole when their work is done.
IMPORTANT CAVEAT: It's another Song, folks. Nothing sophisticated. Maybe a slightly unexpected key change, but otherwise, an oft-repeated refrain, a simple, steady beat, just a Song.
In the opening there are touches of Gospel and Blues before it settles into the theatricalized country feeling of the main part of the tune. There are some jazz touches to the middle section also.
One of the things I had fun doing in this is use a Cakewalk Wah-Wah effect on two Trombones from JABB. You'll hear that during the opening.
This uses a combination of sound sources, but as with everything I do, the Garritan Libraries are prominently used:
The Garritan Stradivari (the violin library, not the solo Stradavari in GPO)
Fiddle from WORLD
Piano from JABB
Accordion from JABB
Banjo from WORLD
Washboard from WORLD
2 Trombones from JABB
Jaw Harp from WORLD – which is a really neat collection of various Jaw Harp articulations.
For those interested in finding new ways to arrive at sounds, the hand claps in this were made from a recording of a group of people stomping. I pitched the clip up, and triggered it with Sonar's Drop Zone. The sound was found at a fantastic sound effect site, Freesound– an online collective where members create and post a huge variety of field recordings.