Playing for Peace

 

Published on Mar 28, 2018 

What I am doing to promote peace and harmony is to Play for Peace! Here at home and at every chance that I get. I record some of these sessions. This is my response to the tense issues that surround people everywhere and are making social media toxic. Not to push on one side or the other but to break up the tension with musical vibrations! The vibrations are created between me and the instruments and are transmitted through the ethers and now the internet. I believe that putting this positive energy out there can serve as a brief oasis from the issues for anyone who takes a few minutes or seconds to give a listen. Share if you'd like to share this kind of musical message! Like it if you like it... 

 

Vivaldi Violin Concerto in Am

The Vivaldi Violin Concerto in Am on an old plywood Strad-O-Lin mandolin. I've been working on playing this version (Tivadar Nachéz) for a long time (I admit how long at the end of the vid but it's actually longer than stated). This is the first movement.  

If you hear some odd noises in the video, Pearl, the cat, was sleeping up against the back of the computer and emitting otherworldly sounds of dreamful sleep and then the fridge kicked in on a harmony at one point. 

 

Wend And Meander

It's been a while since I have posted anything so I guess it's time. Here is a recent tune that I call Wend And Meander. It's a jig and I am playing an “Octola”, which is a modified viola so it could be tuned an octave below the violin/fiddle. Putting the intention of playing for peace into the music and sending it out to all y'all. 

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This Fireworks Soup

On the 4th of July 2018 a song came to me seeking freedom from the ethers and I was able to facilitate its release. Whilst sitting in the backyard, at the fire pit, enjoying a small fire and wallowing in the midst of fireworks being discharged on all sides of me, the idea of being in a great bowl of fireworks soup came to me, followed by some additional lines. I went inside to write down the lines as they were clear and made sense to me. The four verses came forth effortlessly and made a song, with one of them being the chorus, in ¾ time and influenced by recent exposure to some of John Prine's music. I worked up a instrumental part to use for the intro and solo sections and played the melody on the “Octola”, a modified viola tuned an octave below the fiddle. Fiddle was used for harmony with the mandolin filling in some of the holes in the music. Parlor guitar keeping whatever rhythm there was to keep. The waltz “solo” is a stand alone waltz so I called it “The Girl Who Took The Fiddler Home” based on the story line of the song. A true tale that has been wandering the ethereal realms for many years just waiting for the right moment to be released. It provides a musical background for a photo montage of our library that I shot with my iphone after going into the library to find something and realizing that amongst all the clutter were these carefully organized still lifes that Gretchen had created. Pearl, the cat, makes a brief appearance. I hope you enjoy!

Strad-O-Lin/Flowers Of Edinburgh