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#2078198 - 05/06/13 09:21 AM An odd uplifting inspiration for me
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I have been rather down in the dumps lately due to this incessant RAIN! The Mississippi is flooding because of it. I am sure it will stop sometime (it always does.) grin

Early this morning, I went out to the patio to have my coffee. The rain was falling steadily still and as I sat there brooding I began to hear very definite sounds (music?) against everything from the tin roof on the garden shed to the puddles of water in the yard to gardening implements lying on the wall surrounding the patio. As the rainfall ebbed and then increased the tempo followed of course.

Eventually I found myself improvising a melody in my head to the percussive sound of the rain. This was so pleasant I came inside to try and recall it at the piano. Alas, it didn't sound as well without the rain or perhaps my playing ha.

One of my better mornings with the rain which has hung around now for 80% of the last two weeks. wow Just wanted to share this experience.
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#2078218 - 05/06/13 09:44 AM Re: An odd uplifting inspiration for me [Re: Ragdoll]
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How far up the Mississippi are you? I'm on the other side, in the Missouri bootheel. The rain and flooding are wearing on me too. Good that you found a use for it/were inspired by it. Rain only inspires me to sleep smile

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#2078234 - 05/06/13 10:28 AM Re: An odd uplifting inspiration for me [Re: Ragdoll]
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I think that's pretty nifty!

Someday you'll be able to get that melody in your head transmitted to your fingertips!

And that will be mega-nifty!
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#2078419 - 05/06/13 04:08 PM Re: An odd uplifting inspiration for me [Re: Codi]
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How far up the Mississippi are you?


I'm about 35-40 miles NE of St Louis proper.

Before I took up piano it used to inspire me to curl up with a glass of wine or coffee and a good book. grin But you're right it does make one want to sleep in late. Still I'm pretty weary of the gloom and cloudy days.
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#2078422 - 05/06/13 04:15 PM Re: An odd uplifting inspiration for me [Re: casinitaly]
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I think that's pretty nifty!

Someday you'll be able to get that melody in your head transmitted to your fingertips!


Thanks Cheryl,
One can only hope `eh? I'm trying right now to get it onto staff paper ( I'm poor at this) before I forget it. Then try and get it into my fingers smile
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#2078527 - 05/06/13 07:46 PM Re: An odd uplifting inspiration for me [Re: Ragdoll]
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Good going, Ragdoll. That's what it's about. smile
Now if you get yourself a recorder. So you can keep listening to it while composing. It will stop raining.
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#2078685 - 05/07/13 07:15 AM Re: An odd uplifting inspiration for me [Re: Ragdoll]
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Originally Posted By: Ragdoll
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How far up the Mississippi are you?


I'm about 35-40 miles NE of St Louis proper.

Before I took up piano it used to inspire me to curl up with a glass of wine or coffee and a good book. grin


Mark Twain? smile
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#2078711 - 05/07/13 08:31 AM Re: An odd uplifting inspiration for me [Re: Ragdoll]
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It's been raining a lot here in west central Georgia too... in fact, last night was "a rainy night in Georgia". smile

Of course, with all the rain we've had lately, and bits of sunshine, my grass is greener than I've seen it in a while; and, my small herd of goats like that. smile

I've been trying to come up with an original song about my goats, but there is just not much inspiration there... smile

However, I wrote a song a few years ago entitled "In the shadows of your love"; some of the lyrics say "as long as we're together it's always sunny weather in the shadows of your love".

Sorry, my thoughts are drifting all over the place... I think my mind is waterlogged. smile

Rick
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#2078735 - 05/07/13 09:37 AM Re: An odd uplifting inspiration for me [Re: Ragdoll]
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You can always work on Chopin's "Raindrop" prelude. It has that steady drip-drip-drip feeling, and the passing thunderstorm.

ABF member Schubertian did the best recording of this - he added thunderstorm sound effects! Here is is.

Sam

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#2078850 - 05/07/13 02:26 PM Re: An odd uplifting inspiration for me [Re: rnaple]
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Good going, Ragdoll. That's what it's about. smile


Thanks Ron,

It was certainly an unusual thing. I have a recorder but every rainstorm sounds different of course. I do however have a cd of rain effects that I may listen to. Some with thunderclaps for those Forte parts. grin
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#2078852 - 05/07/13 02:31 PM Re: An odd uplifting inspiration for me [Re: TrapperJohn]
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Mark Twain?


Oh he's a good one, I like his sense of humor and relate to the stories of river life and travel. Hemingway, Steinbeck, Sinclair, Hardy. Eclectic tastes...just like my music. cool
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#2078853 - 05/07/13 02:36 PM Re: An odd uplifting inspiration for me [Re: Sam S]
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You can always work on Chopin's "Raindrop" prelude.


Oh Sam, thanks for that suggestion. I have a book (beginners) of classics that has that piece. Maybe I'll take it for a test drive later this year. I listened to Shubertian's recording of it; it is beautiful.
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#2079569 - 05/08/13 11:41 PM Re: An odd uplifting inspiration for me [Re: Sam S]
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Originally Posted By: Sam S
You can always work on Chopin's "Raindrop" prelude. It has that steady drip-drip-drip feeling, and the passing thunderstorm.

Or Debussy's Jardins sous la pluie (Gardens in the Rain).
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