Last Saturday Peter and I attended a private mini songfest upon the invitation of a fellow musician. We parked ourselves in a circle with several talented singer songwriters and proceeded to stay put for seven hours. Ages ranged from 20s to perhaps late 60s/70s. There was a small audience of neighbors and Libby the guard dog in attendance. One dollar was handed out to the youngest (teen) for each expletive sounded by an elder. (She made out quite well. Some ‘rich’ material.) We had a blast.
Being ensconced in the creative ilk, the originators came up with a clever event name which line out in first letters denoting musical triads. Apparently a gauntlet was thrown to create songs about the event based on the chord progression. Collette O’Connor, who was in attendance for its first year as well, rose to the challenge and created a folk version. (The chord progression is not an easy one to negotiate, though it looks innocent enough.) On arriving home I got the bug and created a rock version. I have a home recording studio with Logic Pro software. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Logic_Pro Basically, you can create whatever musical combo you want – a rock band, orchestra, and full chorus, to name a few – within the walls of your own office. (Even a faux heavy metal electric guitar solo, as you’ll hear.)
Like life and relationships – the key to natural flowing chord progressions is how well you’re able to connect them – in this case, passing tones move pitches step by step to connect them with each other. That was definitely a fun challenge.
Because I’m reading up on the 60s – from Joni Mitchell to Tom Brokaw, and last Saturday’s event was a music festival of sorts, I channeled my conception of Woodstock. Here it is: