2017 - Composers in our midst - in their details & elsewhere

2017 - Composers in our midst - in their details & elsewhere

Share your inspirations, add you links, YouTubes, etc., here!

Why not explore these inspirations/contributions, and, if you find something that takes your fancy, that you like, consider moving your take on it into the ‘tunes’ section?

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2016 - missed

2015 - missed

2014 - Celebrating St. Patrick ~ Composers in our midst
# Posted by ceolachan - March 18th, 2014
https://thesession.org/discussions/33548

2013 - Composers in our Midst
# Posted by ceolachan - February 21st, 2013
https://thesession.org/discussions/31405

2012 - missed

2011 - Composers in our midst, in the mist ~ with respect!
# Posted by ceolachan - November 29th, 2011
https://thesession.org/discussions/28886

2010 - missed

2009 - Tunes in the Details ~ member’s compositions
# Posted by ceolachan - November 22nd, 2009
https://thesession.org/discussions/23177

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Proposal for composers
# Posted by Zouki - September 12th, 2013
https://thesession.org/discussions/32453

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I’ll start this off by adding one newbie’s recent contributions to their details, someone who has also been active in this regard in recent ‘discussions’:

Kellie
https://thesession.org/members/105011

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Here’s a tune from my catalogue:
https://thesession.org/tunes/198 (if you change Gdor to Gm, JD’s setting #1 works perfectly)

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I have a few of my own tunes in my profile, but I’m far from a prolific composer and haven’t written anything new in quite a while:
https://thesession.org/members/46329

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The problem with "original" tunes is that one is never sure if cranial echoes of much older tunes are not leaking into the mix. I’ve posted a couple in "tunes" (and profile), judging their merit by how many are added to other tunebooks… all of which tells me that Ed Reavy’s ghost isn’t too worried.

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Quote drone "The problem with "original" tunes is that one is never sure if cranial echoes of much older tunes are not leaking into the mix."

What’s odd is that I’ve written quite a few tunes over the years (most quite mediocre) and that just doesn’t happen, I never pick up fragments of tunes I’ve heard. I don’t know why, but my brain can somehow distinguish things remembered from things new.

It did happen to a piper friend of mine, who AFAIK never wrote anything, until one day he shows up with an air/waltz sort of tune he’s written- that happens to be an old Hymn tune!

"cranial echoes of much older tunes are" a given constant! 😀

What joy that, I have that faith, when all else is failing and life dims ~ these will remain obstinate and constant. Sometimes it seems like living in a musical, including all those quirky variations, mixes, and combinations that keep popping into my mind and feet, known and new. It’s a great magic that so much can bubble up from just a handful of notes and rhythms…

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Here’s a jig I wrote for my dad, who took me to see the Clancys and Tommy Makem when I was 5, bought me my first guitar when I was 6, taught me my first chords and paid for years of lessons. Now at age 86 he is learning the whistle. So when I wrote this I had the whistle in mind and tried not to make it too complicated. I hope to be able to play it with him sometime. I can never repay my parents for all they’ve done for me but this is an infinitesimal gesture in that direction.

T: Dick Murtha’s Jig
K:Bm
M:6/8
FBB BAc|dcB cBA|FBB B2c|dcA B2A|
|FBB BAc|dcB cde|fed cBA| FBA B2A:|
|:d2e fed|faf gfd|d2e fed|dBF A2d|
fed gfe|bga fed|fed cBA|FBA B3:|

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Gave your tune some air time 5stringfool. Thanks for the contributions, especially so as I love a good tale attached to a tune. It’s one of the things I enjoy most about searching through compositions on site here, little insights beyond the melody into the lives and inspirations of others. Give your da my blessings on his whistlin’… 😉

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Thanks so much for that Ceolachan. Hope you’re having fun with it.
I also want to say I enjoyed these tunes posted above. Jeff’s is a bit of a finger twister and I don’t think I can do it justice without more work. Fearfeasog- your jig is charming and and sounds like it fits right in with the tradition. Tony O’ Rourke-you are every bit as good a composer as a guitarist, and that’s saying a lot.(And I do know a thing or two about guitar playing, if nothing else.)Coleman- you have a slew of tunes there. I only played through your hornpipe Morning Mist on the Shannon- it’s lovely and I will have to delve into some more of your tunes. Kellie-you’re making great progress- I really like The Christmas Tree.
I also want to call attention to the reel Matt Leavey wrote and posted a few months ago-The Camel’s Toe- it’s a winner. https://thesession.org/tunes/15659

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5string - thanks for at least giving my tune a try! It’s about equally playable on GDAE instruments (mandolin/fiddle) and DADGAD (basic position), but I haven’t tried on a 5-string (if that’s what you played). I return the favour by learning your Bm jig.

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Thanks Jeff. I have been playing your tune on mando but I might try it on tenor; some of the chromatic stuff that feels a little cramped on mando might be easier on the longer neck. I’m a lousy fiddle player but I might give that a whirl too. As for the 5-string I’m mostly playing American classic style (Ossman, Van Epps) on that lately, but you never know.

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I just tried it on the 5 string using G minor tuning and it works very well and sounds great.

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http://musichub.scot/musicsheets/elizabeths-birthday-composed-by-allan-y-mcdougall/

http://musichub.scot/musicsheets/alasdairs-welcome-composed-by-allan-y-mcdougall/

Two tunes, written for my grandchildren. The first is a polka, the second a slow air.
I don’t write in abc so don’t see me adding to the Tunes.

These were written when the wee one were just born so I can’t say if they resemble them in spirit in any way. Also, they change with playing; I write the bones of a tune and them play around till a better version sticks.

I hope you can play them.

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Thanks 5string! I added a new one to my page if you’d like to check it out. It may be awkward because it was written with a B flat whistle. Don’t know if it works well on mandolin or any other instrument for that matter. I’m also working on writing a slip jig so be on the lookout for that if you’d like. It’s a jig called "When I find her"