My First Music Compositions. If And When and Ghost In A Red Cadillac.

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A while ago I reconnected with an old friend who is writing a novel. Within the novel she has written lyrics to some songs. In my infinite “whatever” I volunteered to attempt to write some music for those lyrics. Having never formally composed music in my life, this was a bold step for me, but why not? As it turns out, there are almost 40 lyrics, so if this works out, I will be writing music for a very long time. The first song I tackled is called If and When. It is about love gone wrong and what will happen if and when they meet again. The second lyric, Ghost in a Red Cadillac, ties into a character in her novel. You can access her website at http://www.kathleenrowell.com and search for the novel titled Reprise. I am going to take a leap of faith, here, and attach some soundtracks so you can hear what I have composed. Be mindful that it is just recorded on my cellphone and I am the only musician. If I don’t get boo’d off the stage immediately, I will incorporate the lyrics in my next blog for your inspection and feedback. Brutality frightens me, but I am looking for some honest feedback.

This was a first attempt at the melody for If and When. It is just flute and oboe.

This next audio file is with piano and strings.

This third one is a slowed down version to help better fit with the lyrics.

And here is Ghost in a Red Cadillac.

Be gentle!

 

Ghost in Red Cadillac

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  1. It’s difficult to type when my foot is tapping and swinging to the music. Love Ghost in a Red Cadillac! And I think I like the slowed down version of If and When the best of the three versions. So how did you do all the instruments?

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      Thanks, Kit! I like the slow version of If and When the best, too, and I think Ghost in a Red Cadillac is just plain fun. I used a software program that Rob gave to me, called Finale 2014, to create sheet music and the sounds for the flute/oboe version. The other songs I play on my keyboard, programming in intro and ending, percussion, and all of the other instruments, and try to get it recorded without the dogs barking in the middle of it. Usually takes more than one try!

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      Thank you, Dick. I appreciate the feedback. If nothing else, I am getting a whole lot of self satisfaction out of my music.

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  2. You definitely got all the music genes! I haven’t seen the lyrics but can imagine what they say from the music. I especially like Ghost in a Red Cadillac. I love the boogie woogie.

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      Thanks, Jane. It is actually a two-step rhythm, but sounds kind of boogie boogie-ish. I’ll do it with a boogie boogie rhythm and send it to you for the comparison.

  3. Sounds like a great software program and a super gift! Maybe the dogs could bark the rhythm for Ghost in a Red Cadillac. I like the oboe and flute a lot.

  4. Keep it going Lew. Remember when you taught me the Boogie. I agree. I think you need the dogs barking in the background.

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