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The Other Side of The River

There’s a folder on my desktop entitled TOSOTR (The Other Side of The River) which contains page upon page of sheet music, soundtracks and lyrics.  Back in October a buddy of mine asked “Hey Glen do you want to take a shot at being a writer for a youth musicale?”  Fifteen years ago i used to write music for theatre but that was a lonnnnng time ago.  Being the “sure whatever” kind of guy we submitted our names for tender.  A few months passed and we compiled demo reels, sheet music and resumes.  After making the short list where 7 others were considered, we were asked to have a short interview.  Not long after we were awarded the contract. 

So the last few months have been reading scripts and writing music about this show.  What is it? In brief, World Vision has commissioned a theatrical show demonstrating the disparity between first and world nations.  The aim is to not only entertain but educate highschool students and bring an awareness of the world in which we live. The Other Side of the River is a highschool musical.  If you are a music director and have interest in the show, you should contact world vision Canada. 

And so how do you start writing music for a show like this? I’m going to discuss that in the next blog… the basics of writing… the way i see it.

Pentatude

Penta comes from the word Pentatonic while Etude is the French word for “study”. Together they form Pentatude – an all black note book written for the piano. 

Repertoire:

  1. Big Bad John – this song is simply an easy black note blues tune
  2. Coming Home – represents that place we hold dear to us… and when we return home, the peace it provides
  3. The Harpist – Let’s face it, every kid loves to do glissandos.  Fill yer boots.  This is the right song for those gliss-lovers.
  4. Hey Jimmy – Pure unadulterated funk.  Groove at its best.
  5. Inspiration of Ghana – Was written to sound like mallets playing
  6. On My Morning Run – If you ever come to Victoria, BC Canada… take a walk along the inner harbour and you’ll understand the scene.
  7. Never Supposed to End This Way – A melancholy end to a relationship.
  8. Nothing But Blue Skies – And when there are blue skies… you just want to get up and dance.  This is the music for the blue skies.
  9. Raindrops and Lilypads – 5/8 time, it depicts a very gentle scene of water droplets on lilypads.
  10. Saltair – Live near the ocean and this smell is unmistakeable.
  11. Slowpoke – Yeeee hawwww. Giddyup.  A wee tune for them thar country folk.
  12. The Deep South – This is 6/8 time old gospel.  Give it a listen.

Click here to visit the Pentatude book and listen to recordings.

Secret Agent – Piano Book

 

I have two boys that play the piano.  Only problem is… piano music for boys is not exactly exciting.  When you’ve done about 3 year’s worth of music, what’s left to do but (insert yawn here) is 19th century Minuets; boring little doo-dad songs that sound unimpressive, uninspiring and are completely irrelevant to boy’s minds… how do i know this? I’m a graduate of 19th century minuets… yep – true story.  Despite the fact that i finished 2 degrees in classical music, i still find the early years in piano a complete GRIND.  So.. for the fun of it, i started writing music for my boys – things they would like to hear – things they would not only find challenging but interesting.  This book is all about spies… morse code, getaway car, super powers, headquarters – very James Bond, very stealth, very hip ‘n groovy… ok ok ok… i know my kids have told me not to use the word groovy…but, if the shoe fits…. well, you know what they say.  The songs will soon be made available online for purchase.

Repertoire:

  1. Espionage
  2. Chase
  3. Getaway Car
  4. Mission Accomplished
  5. Super Power
  6. Spies
  7. Covert Action
  8. Close Call
  9. Morse Code
  10. Headquarters
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