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#1260135 - 09/01/09 07:02 AM September Piano Bar
TrapperJohn Offline
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Ha! The Bar is usually open by now - the innkeeper must have overslept - the door was still locked, so I had to "jimmy" a back window and climb in and open up the joint from the "inside out" (never quite lost that artful talent from my days as a cat burgler) - anyway, the bar is now open, the adult beverages are on ice, the peanuts in the shells are in bowls on the bar, the resident barfly asleep at the corner table has been uncerimoniously evicted, the lid has been raised on the old dusty piano in the corner - but we're still waiting for the piano player to show up...

Regards, JF

P.S. I do have a piece I want to play here in the bar but it needs "tuned-up" (the piece, not the piano - well maybe that too...).
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#1260139 - 09/01/09 07:28 AM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: TrapperJohn]
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This is my one "tribute" piece. I've posted it before. The lyrics still ring true for me.

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#1260140 - 09/01/09 07:29 AM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: TrapperJohn]
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Hi Everyone - This is my first visit to The Bar. I enjoyed your story John, so I thought I would pop in and dust off the piano keys.

My contribution is something I wrote this past Spring. It is called "The Children's Waltz" and there is a story behind it:

My husband teaches elementary school music. For the past 2 years, he taught ballroom dance after school to a select group of 4th and 5th graders. Through the year, I watched his performances and was thrilled to see how much these kids enjoyed what they were being taught.

I was inspired to write a tune that I played at their final program/party. My husband sang as I played. Below are the words:

Look at the children,
Dancing together.
Concentrating carefully,
To the music's beat.

Watch their feet gliding,
See their eyes shining.
Proud as they turn around
Feet tapping on the ground.

One, two, three.
One, two, three.
Waltzing so joyfully.

Look at the children,
Dancing together.
Concentrating carefully,
To the music's beat.

Watch their feet gliding,
See their eyes shining.

Dance with me, dance with me, dance with me.
Oh will you,
Dance with me, dance with me, dance with me.
The Children's Waltz.

http://www.box.net/shared/rg3x8uvdqt

Barb
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#1260142 - 09/01/09 07:36 AM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: Swingin' Barb]
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Peyton - I got goose bumps --- and teary eyes. That was exquisite!

Barb


Edited by Swingin' Barb (09/01/09 07:36 AM)
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#1260224 - 09/01/09 10:45 AM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: Swingin' Barb]
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Peyton,
It is a very emotional piece and I think you have a gift to touch people with your expression, in whatever form it is. You brought back my memory on that day. (My office building was a couple miles from the Pentagon)

Barb,
Strangely, your piece gave me a relaxing feeling. It is like a week-end morning, when I just sit back under the sun and watch the children playing.

My contribution for this month is:

A Summer Evening Walk

TB
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#1260251 - 09/01/09 11:18 AM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: (Was)TrueBeginner]
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A very emotional bar so far this month. All three were deeply moving, and to think (at least) 2 were written by forum members!

I hope I don't spoil the mood by making my first video contribution. This is a Senneville and Toussaint piece I happened to record with a (for me) low number of mistakes, so here is Souvenir D'enfance or "Childhood Memories."





Edited by bluekeys (09/01/09 11:56 AM)

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#1260296 - 09/01/09 12:19 PM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: bluekeys]
TrapperJohn Offline
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Wow! You guys have set the "bar" incredibly high in the Bar right from the start - glad I opened it up smile

Peyton - very moving creative effort - have not seen a better tribute - a painful reminder we must have - thanks.

Swinging Barb - a very nice creative effort of your own - good tune, good lyrics - neat concept: teaching kids dancing and writing a song to commemorate it - very well played by you - would also like to have heard yor husband sing this!

True Beginner - excellent piece, very well played - composed by you? You are becoming our resident New Age Master - I'm not certain what you're a "True Beginner" at, but it certainly isn't composing or playing anymore thumb

blue keys - very nice piece, very nicely played - enjoyed that a lot - fine touch and interpretation - keep those videos rolling in!

Regards, JF
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#1260309 - 09/01/09 12:37 PM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: TrapperJohn]
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True Beginner -- that was beautiful. I love your left hand movement.

BlueKeys - that was a very touching piece. I enjoyed watching your fingers glide over those keys.

JF - Thank you for your kind words. If my husband had Peyton's voice, he would gladly post his singing! wink

Barb
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#1260334 - 09/01/09 01:32 PM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: Swingin' Barb]
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Thanks for opening up the bar...I'll have a white wine spritzer, please. grin

I'm really enjoying listening to everyone's contributions so far. thumb heart I don't know how you are able to compose so well - that's a special talent (that I don't have). frown

Well, here's one of my old Disney favorites (another video).. Hope you enjoy:

When You Wish Upon A Star

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#1260364 - 09/01/09 02:16 PM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: Elssa]
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Peyton - That's so emotionally strong I couldn't finish here at work.

Barb - Beautiful, especially with the words.

True Beginner - Very nice.

Bluekeys: Really enjoyed it. Thanks.

Elssa: I love that style, and it fits the song perfectly.

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#1260425 - 09/01/09 03:54 PM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: noxiousdog]
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Edited by Mark... (09/01/09 03:55 PM)

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#1260441 - 09/01/09 04:21 PM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: Mark...]
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Boy, the piano bars are sure front-loaded these days. I think I'll kind of spread out the listening over the month so I'm never out of new pieces to hear smile

Barb - I like the story behind the song. I remember in 5th grade, when I was too young yet to go to the local ballroom dance school, my 7th grade brother would come home and teach me so he'd have someone to practice with, and then I'd go out on the playground and teach my friends. Lovely piece.

Mark... - great piece - it made me laugh, which is a good thing. In fact, I had to listen more than once. great.

Cathy
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#1260449 - 09/01/09 04:34 PM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: Elssa]
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Originally Posted By: Elssa
Thanks for opening up the bar...I'll have a white wine spritzer, please. grin


I'll buy you drinks all night long if you keep playing like that... wait a minute... if I keep buying you drinks after awhile you may not even be able to sit up, let alone play like that... never mind...

Originally Posted By: Elssa
Well, here's one of my old Disney favorites (another video).. Hope you enjoy:

When You Wish Upon A Star


Elssa -

One of my all-time favorite tunes - a lovely melody and so stylishly and beautifully played - one of your best, and that's saying something - and it was a real joy watching your hands glide and dance over the keyboard, adding another dimension to your always exquisite playing - I invariably love your song selections - and I must confess that one of my ultimate piano goals is to play songs like that, like that!

Regards, JF

Edit for spelling.


Edited by John Frank (09/01/09 08:29 PM)
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#1260472 - 09/01/09 05:14 PM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: TrapperJohn]
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Elssa - That was so very pretty. It took me back to when I was a kid. 3hearts

noxiousdog - Thank you. The words did come easy for that song. Usually the lyrics are the hard part for me.

Mark - I hope you had as much fun in playing The Clown as I had listening. grin Good job!

Thank you Cathy - Ballroom dancing on the playground? I love it! 2hearts

Barb
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#1260604 - 09/01/09 08:27 PM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: Swingin' Barb]
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Mark - nice effort on "Clown" - sounds like a real fun piece to play (but maybe not that easy).

Regards, JF
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#1260620 - 09/01/09 08:36 PM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: TrapperJohn]
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Swingin barb, great melody. Will you ever post it with your husband singing? I'd love to hear it.

true Beginner- A perfect name for the piece. Is that an original? Very pretty.

bluekeys- You didn't spoil the mood at all. A nice uplifting tune and well played. (My wife was listening in the back room and called out..."What a sweet piece!" )
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#1260637 - 09/01/09 09:06 PM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: Peyton]
Swingin' Barb Offline
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Peyton -- thank you. My husband, Mr. Jazz Vibist, does not want me to post his singing. But, we both want to hear you sing it.

So, below is the lead sheet with the words.

http://www.box.net/shared/a3jv4lg2my

We are both looking forward to your performance.

Barb
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#1260641 - 09/01/09 09:18 PM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: Swingin' Barb]
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Originally Posted By: Swingin' Barb
Peyton -- thank you. My husband, Mr. Jazz Vibist, does not want me to post his singing. But, we both want to hear you sing it.

So, below is the lead sheet with the words.

http://www.box.net/shared/a3jv4lg2my

We are both looking forward to your performance.

Barb

laugh laugh laugh

I'll work on it....but I could never play it as well as you... smile


Edited by Peyton (09/01/09 09:19 PM)
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#1260648 - 09/01/09 09:25 PM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: Peyton]
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Originally Posted By: Peyton
I'll work on it....but I could never play it as well as you... smile


Peyton - You play beautifully, you sing beautifully. I feel honored that you will be working on my tune. thumb

Barb
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#1260666 - 09/01/09 09:49 PM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: Swingin' Barb]
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Peyton, no words I can think of suffice to comment on this, so let me just say - you speak, I believe, for us all.

Barb, beautiful tune, nothing childish about those harmonies! Well done.

TB, your composition? Quite beautiful. It brought to mind the spirit of Les Miz. Well done.

Bluekeys, excellent intepretation, very enjoyable, good job!

Elssa, great arrangement! Nice cross-hand! (BTW, was you piano in transpose mode? Mine seems to be a half step higher.)

Mark, wow, a tune with child-like phrases, but XXX-rated adult development and harmonies! Do you know who composed it! Very interesting. Well done.

My song this month is John Coltrane's Moment's Notice. The tune is quite simple, but there are rapid changes in key center that make it a challenge to solo on. Lots of fun.

http://www.box.net/shared/3acznxqyfc


Ed




Edited by Riddler (09/02/09 12:09 AM)
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#1260683 - 09/01/09 10:08 PM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: Riddler]
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Originally Posted By: Riddler


Mark, wow, a tune with child-like phrases, but XXX-rated adult development and harmonies! Do you know who composed it! Very interesting. Well done.


It's composed by Dmitri Kabalevsky 1904-1987 a Russian composer who wrote teaching material for children. Many 5 year olds play it better than I... laugh

Enjoyed you piece also. Like the added instruments...


Edited by Mark... (09/01/09 10:10 PM)

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#1260754 - 09/01/09 11:59 PM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: Mark...]
lenee Offline
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This is my first contribution here. I just started piano lessons 1 year ago after stopping for about 30 years. Alot of stuff came back, I arranged this medley myself because I don't read music well but I worked about 2 months on this piece.

Link: http://www.box.net/shared/yt7ki3n9oz


Edited by lenee (09/02/09 12:07 AM)

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#1260758 - 09/02/09 12:05 AM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: lenee]
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Barb, I just love The Children's Waltz. It is so pretty and well played.

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#1260860 - 09/02/09 06:56 AM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: lenee]
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Thanks everyone for your encouraging comment. Yes, it was my latest composition. There are a lot of good stuffs this month:

Bluekeys, I love Souvenir D'enfance, it is on my to do list but I never get a chance to learn it.

Elssa, nice version of that Disney theme song, your camera position is perfect and I like your playing as well.

Mark, it sounds like a fun piece to learn.

Riddler, I was always looking forward to hear your "band" every month. Like the bell-like part.

Lenee, love the composition. Very lyrical. I guess it all came back after 30 years.

TB
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#1260866 - 09/02/09 07:32 AM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: Mark...]
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Originally Posted By: Mark...
Originally Posted By: Riddler


Mark, wow, a tune with child-like phrases, but XXX-rated adult development and harmonies! Do you know who composed it! Very interesting. Well done.


It's composed by Dmitri Kabalevsky 1904-1987 a Russian composer who wrote teaching material for children. Many 5 year olds play it better than I... laugh



Mark - I thought the title of that piece sounded vaguely familiar - "Clowns" is one of 10 pieces by Kabalevsky included in Alfred's "Essential Keyboard Repertoire" (from which I am currently working in conjunction with Alfred 3) along with other interesting short pieces entitled "Brief Story", "Folk Dance", "Jumping", "Little Fable", etc. - none of which look especially "easy" (except for maybe the children for whom they were composed grin ).

Regards, JF
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#1260871 - 09/02/09 07:54 AM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: (Was)TrueBeginner]
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True Beginner - I didn't realize that was your own composition when I first listened yesterday. You need to change your screen name from True Beginner to True Composer! I'm looking forward to your next composition.

Riddler -- Thank you. I do love experimenting with different harmonic progressions. I just listened to your piece. What fun! I loved your playing and I loved your group! This place is turning into my favorite hangout.

lenee - Thank you for your kind words. You arranged a beautiful medley - and so beautifully played. That was 2 months well spent!

Barb
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#1260913 - 09/02/09 09:46 AM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: Swingin' Barb]
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lenee, welcome in.

That's a real talent to write and perform so well. Keep them coming!

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#1260950 - 09/02/09 10:54 AM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: noxiousdog]
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Lenee, love the composition. Very lyrical. I guess it all came back after 30 years.


Thank you truebeginner, what does lyrical mean? Truly I'm so new to this. My teacher is trying to help me be more "interesting" in my tones and chord choices, so I'm hoping it doesn't mean "repetitive" :LOL....because basically I think the song is a bit boring.....but maybe because I've listened to it to many times:)

Everyone, how encouraging the responses are. Thanks!

Where could I post this to get some "constructive critisism" on it? I arranged it, but the songs were taken from a hymnbook. Composers forum?

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#1261048 - 09/02/09 01:08 PM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: lenee]
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lenee - very nicely done - both the medley arrangement and the playing - of what does the medley consist?

Regards, JF

P.S. "lyrical" means music flowing easily and sweetly with a soft, sure, gentle touch and highly pleasing to the ear - in a word; listenable!
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#1261307 - 09/02/09 08:12 PM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: TrapperJohn]
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OK - here's my Sept. piece - ready or not - it's from Alfred 3 - but it's not a good example of the piece as arranged there because it's been given an "extreme makeover" by me in my on-going quest to modify and enhance every piece I get my hands on so that I can stay permanently ahead of myself - some day my technique may catch up with how I "hear" a piece in my head...

A Classy Rag

Regards, JF

P.S. If you want to hear a great example of what this piece should really sound like "book-wise" see Undone's version in a recent post in the Alfred 3 thread.
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