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Postby katreich » August 29th, 2011, 2:51 pm

Monday: the man on the mountain- possible song title/theme.

Tuesday: Had a melody in mind yesterday for "the story of you and me" , and of course, it vanished from my conscious mind.
Try to bring it back and at least do a scratch recording so it doesn't go missing again.

Wednesday : "the king of the idiots lives on the hill"

Thursday : I got nothing.
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Postby Nick » August 29th, 2011, 4:40 pm

Where did that come from? I had a similar idea thinking about David and Karen and the floods.
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Postby dhodge » August 29th, 2011, 4:42 pm

I think that would make it "The Old Man in the Mountains." Like they used to have in New Hampshire :wink:

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Postby Chris C » August 29th, 2011, 10:09 pm

katreich wrote:Monday: the man on the mountain- possible song title/theme.


A well deserved promotion for The Fool on the Hill?
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Postby katreich » August 30th, 2011, 4:29 am

Great minds do think alike Nick, I thought of this in the middle of the storm coverage as well.
Chirs, I will also admit to having "fool on the hill" come back at me too, but knowing David, I thought he would be the first to post it as an alternate title.
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Postby dhodge » August 30th, 2011, 4:38 am

You guys are great but I think I passed the "fool" status ages ago. "Complete Idiot on the Hill," maybe?

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Postby katreich » August 30th, 2011, 4:46 am

You realize David, that you are going to make it impossible for me to write a straight song now, right?
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Postby katreich » August 31st, 2011, 4:50 am

Wednesday:
The king of the idiots lives on a hill......
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Postby dhodge » August 31st, 2011, 6:17 am

...it's been raining all year and he's living there still...

And, to use for the last time through:

...it's been centuries gone but he's reigning there still...

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Postby Nick » August 31st, 2011, 6:26 am

So Kathy, do you have an iphone, ipod, phone with voice recorder on it?

I think that is next week's task. Record snippets of melodies.
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Postby katreich » August 31st, 2011, 11:02 am

Nick, I have a Razr, and if it has a recorder on it I'm not aware of it. Would I just call myself and leave a voice mail?
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Postby Nick » August 31st, 2011, 12:50 pm

ooooh....cool idea
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Postby Chris C » August 31st, 2011, 5:32 pm

katreich wrote: Would I just call myself and leave a voice mail?


Great idea. :D

One of the many things on my "to do" list is to improve my interval recognition. One hoped for application is to be able to jot down melodies that way - as a series of intervals, or scale degrees. I tend to think like that with chord progressions (I, IV, vi, V etc) as it makes changing to another key simple. When working out patterns on the guitar neck I do the same thing - pick a 1 and then I'll know where 7 is (right next to 1), the 3 and 4 (on the next string across) etc. So 1 , 3, 4, 5 is "Oh when the saints" and so on.

It might look a bit odd, but - like most people - I have reasonable relative pitch but not perfect pitch. So I can notate a melody without knowing what note I started on. I can then play it in any key, anywhere on the neck, without needing to know either the written notation or the note name (F# or whatever) for that fret position. It also gives an interesting visual map of what the melody is doing in a structural sense. Or that's how it seems to me... :wink:

But using the phone is a whole lot quicker!! :mrgreen:


dhodge wrote:.... he's reigning there still...



Superb! :D
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Postby John Sargent » September 1st, 2011, 4:01 am

Kat, are you going to the Fox Valley Folk Festival in Geneva this weekend? Lots of song writing, guitar playing and singing talent will ne there:: http://foxvalleyfolk.com/
Cathy Barton & Dave Para ----- Andrew Calhoun ------ Andy Cohen
Judy Cook ----- February Sky ------ Tracy Grammer ------ Anne Hills
Larry Hanks & Deborah Robins -- Harmonious Wail -- Jeni & Billy
Li'l Rev ----- David Massengill ----- Mustards Retreat ----- Jim Post
Sparky & Rhonda Rucker -- Sanctified Grumblers -- Small Potatoes
Claudia Schmidt ---- Michael Smith ---- Ed Trickett ----- Chris Valillo
Dennis Stroughmatt et L'Esprit Créole

Many of these people will be putting on worksops too.
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Postby katreich » September 1st, 2011, 7:45 am

thanks for the heads up MR E!
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