After looking at some new tune postings, I started thinking (not for the first time) what the ingredients are for those really great tunes, that excite us all tremendously and make us want to play them all night, or write another one for everyone else to enjoy. For me, the mode is very important - I’m always at first more interested in dorian and mixolydian tunes, various keys, usually what works well to make my fiddle sound good. But they also have to be structured with balance and flavour, and here is where I get stuck. When I say *flavour*, what do I mean? I’d love to hear what players and composers think.