Losing The Light – NEW SONG

Soon we fade to black, soon the credits roll
Smooth metal dark night of the soul
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Written during FAWM 2016. Based on a riff I found on a writing tape from 1992 inspired by Jake E. Lee’s playing on Waiting For Darkness by Ozzy Osbourne.

I’m the damsel in distress
Just a girl in a green dress
Waiting for the hero to arrive
You’ve seen this scene a million times
Vulnerability is all I got
On my mark and beautifully shot
Cameras ready to roll
Waiting for my saviour to show

Please hurry cos we’re losing the light
Come quickly now we’re losing the light
We ran the race, we fought the good fight
Please hurry now we’re losing the light

The sun pauses as it sinks
To breathe a kiss on the horizon’s lip
Her beauty burning then gone
Magic hour is only minutes long
Play the scene where the problem’s solved
The plot’s explained and you declare your love
Our faith is running out
Start your speech before the night comes down

Please hurry cos we’re losing the light
Come quickly now we’re losing the light
We ran the race, we fought the good fight
Please hurry now we’re losing the light

Soon we fade to black, soon the credits roll
If there’s a happy ending would you let us know?
Shadows getting longer, twisting all we see
The air is getting cold, it’s getting harder to believe

Please hurry cos we’re losing the light
Come quickly now we’re losing the light
We ran the race, we fought the good fight
Please hurry now we’re losing the light

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New Song: Indie/Major

Mountains? I’ve seen mountains!
If Weird Al was a poetry slam champion…It would sound nothing like this.
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Ever since I discovered Nottingham songwriter Simon J Curd (who records as Mountain Schmountain) I’ve been a fan. His minimalistic style is unlike anything I’d previously encountered and as I’m the kind of person who’d start a website analysing all 211 Beatles songs it’s not surprising I wanted to take the tunes apart to see what makes Mountain Schmountain tick.

It’s been a long standing goal to try to write a style parody in order to ‘get’ their very original approach and here it is. The elements I’ve isolated are

So that’s all, apart from quoting Pachabel’s Canon, getting in a pun on the name Mountain Schmountain and yes, that is a mistle thrush you can hear on the track. Hope you like it!

“Please hold, your call is important to us”
(yet more important to your potentially orphaned daughter?)

Finding Pachelbel’s Canon in D
(badly looped and bass – less)
unbearable in this indelible moment,
I focus on the mistle thrush
beyond my frosted window,
surprisingly accompanying in D
(always in D)
singing, “mountains? I’ve seen mountains!
And mountains are nothing special!
When life leaves you a mountain to climb…”

A click on the line,
my voice cracks to life.
The thrush takes flight
singing “…that is the end of this song”

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Bovis (Vents)

Former pupil Craig Tucker‘s band Vents made a video with nothing but a GoPro and an electric heater for lighting

Check out Bovis by Vents

Check out more former pupils here. Info on lessons here

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Homework 25/03/16

Here’s a demonstration of the seven modes by Frank Gambale.

Ionian (aka Major scale)
Dorian
Phrygian
Lydian
Mixolydian
Aeolian (aka Minor Scale/Natural Minor/Pure Minor)
Locrian

Ionian, Lydian and Mixolydian are major types of scale (they have a major 3rd)
Dorian, Phrygian and Aeolian are minor types of scale (they have a minor 3rd)
Locrian is a diminished type of scale (it has a minor 3rd and a flattened 5th)

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NEW Instrumental Song: When I Said “Stop Setting Things On Fire” I Really, REALLY Meant It.

Wait! Wait! What Key Are We In?
Frank Zappa meets Scott Bradley
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Written during FAWM 2016. I found a couple of musical fragments labelled ‘Etude No 3′ on a cassette I recorded in 1991. I really liked some parts, others made no sense at all. The original tape was a quarter tone out and I suspect I moved some parts up a semi tone and others down by mistake

I could hear I was attempting to do something with the whole tone scale originally, so I used that to write the middle section but by the time I came to put the bassline down I forgot I was in G# and played the bassline in G natural. But by that time it was already so bizarre that I didn’t hear anything wrong.

A happier (or at least more harmonious) accident was the string and horn parts in the final recapitulation. I pretty much improvised those counter melodies and they’re some of my favourite parts.

I decided I couldn’t call the finished piece ‘Etude No 3′ because

a) It’s not an etude.
b) I’ve already written more than three.
c) It’s a boring title.

I brainstormed and what you have the best I could come up with at short notice.

There’s a grand tradition of not knowing what key you’re in
What do you mean “who is Scott Bradley?”

 

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