Music: In the beginning

I’m having a break from creating something new today, but thought this was appropriate enough for the Easter season. I’ve posted it once before. This is the beginning of a longer commissioned work (43 minutes) based on the Gospel of Saint John, that I composed a little time back. It’s best listened to with the volume turned up on good speakers – neither of which I have – just broken headphones! It’s music that’s not to everyone’s taste but is the type of stuff I write when not blogging!

The photo my sister-in-law took out of her window!

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

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39 thoughts on “Music: In the beginning

              1. Bruce Goodman Post author

                Not exactly. The whole piece was for a theater performance commissioned by the RC Cardinal of New Zealand to commemorate the 150th Jubilee since the French Clergy arrived in New Zealand from Lyon in France. The whole work was centred around the fact that St John’s disciple was St Iraneus who was the first bishop of Lyon. So in effect the New Zealand RC Church was part of the line coming directly down from St John – sort of a family tree…

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                  1. Bruce Goodman Post author

                    You now know more than I know about Wisconsin! The world is so big. Now, more importantly – did you get bogged down in my novel, ended up disliking it, and consigning it to the slush heat of life? One of my favorite book reviews ever was Dorothy Parker: This book should not be caste aside lightly; it should be thrown away with the greatest vehemence.

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                    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

                      I had to Google Hearst – but came across Dorothy Parker getting sacked by Vanity Fair in a restaurant. She ordered the most expensive dessert and left – which tickles my fancy!

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  1. Yvonne

    That’s very good, BA.

    Some years ago, I belonged to a community choir in a small city in Queensland. Our director wrote a piece based on this; it would have been even more interesting if you and he had collaborated.

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      1. Yvonne

        I’ve been known to sing like a canary when I got into trouble.

        I realised (too late) that I had posted an almost identical comment when your first gave us this merry melody. Obviously I have shoty-ish term memory loss.

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  2. badfinger20

    Bruce you have the voice of God! I do like the melodies you create Bruce. How to you fit everything is awesome. Writing pop music is completely different.

    Speaking of Dorothy Parker…I love reading about the Algonquin Round Table with Alexander Wollcott, George S. Kaufman, Parker, and the rest. A truly vicious table.

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    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      Thanks Max – I was inspired to post this after listening to an Album online that I didn’t know if it was you or not but I liked it and thought I’d better get my ass into gear. The album was called Strangeness. Is that you? The songs are very riveting I found.

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      1. badfinger20

        Not me Bruce but if it inspires you that is all that matters!
        The reason I don’t post mine is because I need our singer to sing my songs and re-record them…

        That is where I really respect what you do Bruce. I guess I make counter melodies singing but to make them musically is something. You have to get the idea across without words…not an easy task.

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        1. Bruce Goodman Post author

          I can’t sing for nuts (literally) but my mother was an opera singer (of sorts) and all my brothers and sisters sing (or used to). I take after my father who sang “O my lord Henry Ford how he rattled and he roared along the road to Gundy-Guy…” and off key.

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            1. Bruce Goodman Post author

              Oh my Lord! Henry Ford!
              How he rattled and he roared
              Along the road to Gundy-Guy.
              With the radiator hissing
              And half the engine missing
              And water in the petrol
              And sand in the gears
              And it hasn’t seen a garage
              For over fifty years.

              I thought this must’ve been an old song, but can’t find it on the net except for quoting myself!

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              1. badfinger20

                Along the Road to Gundagai ?

                Yes it is an old song and every damn version I find has different lyrics! I found one close to yours…but other ones go a different direction.
                It seems to be an old war song.

                this is one I found

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