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.