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    practicing some reharmonization on the go, ended up having an actual take

    this is one of my favorite tunes ever





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    Nice job: good pacing, concept and sound.

    Oops! Watch that next to last note---in that key it's a Bb, the 4 notes sort of spelling Bb Maj 7 or G Min 9/C. So you'd still get a nice quarter note harmonization if you change that one chord.

    Dug it, though...

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    Quote Originally Posted by joelf
    Nice job: good pacing, concept and sound.

    Oops! Watch that next to last note---in that key it's a Bb, the 4 notes sort of spelling Bb Maj 7 or G Min 9/C. So you'd still get a nice quarter note harmonization if you change that one chord.

    Dug it, though...
    You are right!! It is a Bb as you said! I just kept going in parallel motion spontaneously But I should have given priority to the melody! Definitely.

    Thanks for pointing out!

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    Your humility and desire to get it right is why you sound good...

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    And you know, that's a somewhat unusual melodic sequence. Rodgers wrote a completely diatonic melody---not one sharp used in the key of C, which if it's not the original it's the key it's most played in (except for singers). The melody moves up the scale in sequences, then does an octave leap, but that arpeggio at the end is a delightful little surprise. It's almost like he was playing a game to see if he could make an interesting melody on just scale tones---not easy.

    My favorite Rodgers melodic device is a raised 5th on a major chord (Out of My Dreams; Hello Young Lovers; many others). It pulls the ear right in, wondering if it'll resolve up or down. (One each for those two).

    But to suddenly stick an arpeggio in a mostly scale-wise melody, and end in that unusual way---with the 4th going up a 5th to the root---reversal! The simplicity of it is genius...

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    That's an interesting observation! I never paid attention to that fact! But the final arpeggio is definitely among my favorite endings ever!

    The same happens with The Nearness of You (about the ending). It really touches me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gianblando
    That's an interesting observation! I never paid attention to that fact! But the final arpeggio is definitely among my favorite endings ever!

    The same happens with The Nearness of You (about the ending). It really touches me!
    I started working on an update to Alec Wilder's American Popular Song. Have you read that? It's seminal. My book covers not only standards, but pop tunes Wilder considered beneath him. And it's on hold, but I intend to finish and publish it. An update is long overdue.

    I posted the 1st chapter here, if you search American Music Redux. There's the introduction, then the 1st chapter analyzes Lush Life. I picked that one not only for its genius, but the fact that Wilder (who I absolutely revere, BTW) incredibly only Strayhorn mentions in his book in drive-by fashion as 'Ellington's chief arranger'.

    Hope you take a peek and it's at least a little food for thought...

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    So very, very lovely. Thank you so much for sharing that. I love that song, and your arrangement is beautiful. I love that Epiphone too. What model? Looks like a Casino. I had an Epi Les Paul studio for a few years - a really lovely guitar with P90's. Just played like butter and sounded really, really nice through a Marshall. I passed it along to a fire victim who lost his guitars in the Tubbs fire in '17.

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    Thanks man! Yes, that is an Epiphone Dot. I think it's OK for the price. But the intonation overal is just awful. I should bring it to a luthier!

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    Quote Originally Posted by joelf
    I started working on an update to Alec Wilder's American Popular Song. Have you read that? It's seminal. My book covers not only standards, but pop tunes Wilder considered beneath him. And it's on hold, but I intend to finish and publish it. An update is long overdue.

    I posted the 1st chapter here, if you search American Music Redux. There's the introduction, then the 1st chapter analyzes Lush Life. I picked that one not only for its genius, but the fact that Wilder (who I absolutely revere, BTW) incredibly only Strayhorn mentions in his book in drive-by fashion as 'Ellington's chief arranger'.

    Hope you take a peek and it's at least a little food for thought...
    I'm not familiar with it. Thank you for pointing it out. I will take a look!

    Lush life is probably my favorite Strayhorn's tune... definitely!

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    Very nicely done. I like the moving bass lines. Your hard work has paid off. Keep posting.

    Tony D.