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Archive for December, 2010

Aliah says “Grandma”

Well, it finally happened yesterday–quite unexpectedly.  Aliah came to me, wanting to be picked up…and said “Grandma”.  What a huge moment! The day before, she said “Grandpa”.  All in all, it was a visit of note.

Aliah was enthralled with John’s cat, which she calls “Me oo”.  I love the way she separates those syllables so distinctly.  Unfortunately, “Me oo” was not as enthalled with Aliah, although she stayed close enough for Aliah to see her.  I’ve never heard Aliah “talk” so much all at once before.  Apparently there were a number of things she wanted the cat to know.

P.S. I got an A on my final project and course–but that was almost anticlimactic after “Grandma”.

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She’s Beautiful (Final Project)

I just uploaded my final project for Arranging: Contemporary Styles tonight and feel like celebrating.  That’s course #6, so I’ve only got two more to go for my Masters certificate in Orchestrating for Film and TV.

This was a really great course.  I was worried about whether I was going to be able to do it or not, but it was well-written and presented logically, with each lesson building on those that came before.  In the end, it just came down to perseverance–and a whole lot of time.  Apparently there are benefits to being stubborn and persistent!  I surprised myself tonight when I suddenly realized I hardly even feel “groove-challenged” anymore.

Our final assignment was to create a “fusion” piece.  In other words, an arrangement that has more than one style influence.  I elected to write an original piece with bossa nova/rock/afro influences.  It’s actually a tribute to my mother (despite the genre).

I still don’t have my singing voice back since I got so sick from a reaction to fragrance the beginning of June, so I did this as an instrumental.  Lyrics are below.

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She’s beautiful with her gentle ways
Never mind the lines upon her face
Look at her… although her eyes are dim
Love and laughter shine from within
She’s beautiful, ‘though her back is bent
So beautiful, she must be heaven-sent
To share with those in need
And show what kindness means
She’s beautiful

Bridge 1:
People stop and talk to her
Because they know she cares
When they hurt, she finds the words to say
Then she lifts them to the Lord in pray’r

(Repeat chorus)

Bridge 2:
Nature is a living book, she’s read ev’ry page
Calls each tree and flow’r by its name
Ev’ry spring she waits for birds to fly from southern skies
And I swear her feathered friends show off to make her smile

(Repeat chorus)

So beautiful
In ev’ry single way that counts
She’s beautiful

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Hip Hop Jazz

Wow.  There’s a post title I bet you didn’t expect to see from me!

This is what I did for my assignment in lesson 11 of my Arranging: Contemporary Styles course.  I can’t say that I expect to do much more of this, but–like funk–the groove is really quite fascinating and catchy.  Perhaps I’ll just use those elements I think are cool and apply them in my own way to my own material.  Time will tell!

In the meantime, here’s some lounge-type club music.  (Better turn your volume down a bit!)

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