Music 200: Ride on a camel

This is the ninth piano piece in “A Third Little Suite in Fifteen Sketches” and is called “Ride on a camel”.

I’ve never had a ride on a camel (or even a horse) but I would imagine the camel getting up from its sitting position would be like a wild ride in a theme park, let alone the side to side wonky motion of its strides!

There are two links: one to the audio file (mp3) and one to the printable written music (pdf).

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Music 199: The whistling jongleur

This is the eighth piano piece in “A Third Little Suite in Fifteen Sketches and is called “The whistling jongleur”.

The photo is not exactly of a whistling jongleur! but captures the happiness of what I was trying to get in the music. The picture is the one that would come if you purchased a pre-made picture frame (every frame had the same picture) in North Carolina 20 years ago. It reminds me of Lamar Bascam Lunsford (composer of “Mountain Dew”) who initiated the reinvigoration of traditional folk music in the Carolinas and afar. By happy circumstance I lived next to his house and knew well his (now deceased) daughters and some of his grandchildren.

There are two links: one to the audio file (mp3) and one to the printable written music (pdf).

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Music 198: Fields of summer

This is the seventh piano piece in “A Third Little Suite in Fifteen Sketches” and called “Fields of Summer”.

The picture is taken near my house, which is behind the gnarled trees on the left. As can be seen, it’s not been a dry summer thus far.

There are two links: one to the audio file (mp3) and one to the printable written music (pdf).

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Music 197: Grandma is so pleased with her apple pie that she dances a tango

Today’s piano piece is number 6 in “A Third Little Suite in Fifteen Sketches”. Usually when composing these pieces I make a list of 15 titles and then try to convey (a little) in the music what I think the title might stand for. Occasionally however, the title gets changed after the piece is created. Today’s piano piece is a case in point: the original title was simply “Apple Pie” but after it turned into a tango I thought perhaps the title needed changing!!

The picture of “grandma” is no relation and has little to do with the music except she looks lovely. Finding a picture of a grandmother dancing with a freshly baked apple pie is not a common snapshot.

There are two links: one to the audio file (mp3) and one to the printable written music (pdf).

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Music 196: A visit to the butterfly house

This is the fifth piano piece of “A Third Little Suite in Fifteen Sketches” called “A visit to the butterfly house”. I was thinking more of a “butterfly house” as being one of those butterfly parks that people visit to observe all sorts of exotic butterflies fluttering about.

There are two links: one to the audio file (mp3) and one to the printable written music (pdf).

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Music 195: Leapfrog

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This is the fourth piano piece in “A Third Little Suite in Fifteen Sketches”. It’s called “Leapfrog”.

Gosh! If I had to play leapfrog these days I’d need two step ladders: one to get up and one to get down. However, I can play “Leapfrog” on the piano!

There are two links: one to the audio file (mp3) and one to the printable written music (pdf).

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Music 194: Daydream

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This is the third piano piece in “A Third Little Suite in Fifteen Sketches”.

The photo is taken through my kitchen window. It’s a scene that changes all the time, with the seasons, and the weather, various animals and birds, and light and shadows. It’s forever full of the unexpected! I could daydream all day looking out the kitchen window. I guess I was born to stand at the kitchen sink!

However, the view might be pastoral, but because the house is in a deep valley there’s no cell phone coverage, so who (other than me) would ever want to live there?!

There are two links: one to the audio file (mp3) and one to the printable written music (pdf).

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