My experience composing my first tune
I just got done composing my first tune and I have to say that it was a curious experience. The tune is a reel in Adorian that I have entitled Ophelia’s Ghost. I just put up the ABCs in the tunes section: https://thesession.org/tunes/5280
Here is a recording of me playing it rather slowly on whistle: http://brendanjanis.com/misc/ophelias-ghost.mp3
I don’t really consider myself a tune composer. There are so many great tunes out there already; always an exciting new one to discover lurking just around the corner. No need for me to add my own.
Well, something happened with this tune…it sort of wrote itself. As I explain in the tune notes, I wrote it during the course of a few days after watching Michael’s Almereyda’s modern re-make of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. I didn’t plan on writing the tune either, but I found myself thinking about the scene where we find poor Ophelia floating face up in the swimming pool. I happened to have a whistle on hand as usual and this tune eventually came out over the course of a couple of days. It started out as some strange air, then was a jig for a day, and finally it seemed to exist best as a reel. I don’t think of the tune as a great tune or a bad tune—just a tune a tune that makes me think of the plight of poor old Ophelia.
Well, I thought this might be an opportunity to ruminate over tune composition stories. I always found the story of how ‘Dusty Windowsill” came to be intriguing (If you haven’t already check it out: https://thesession.org/tunes/29). And if I remember correctly Will Harmon has a story about how ‘Bag Your Frog on the Sofa’ cam to be.
Anybody care to share their tune composition exploits? I’d be curious if anyone has had the experience of the tune composing itself. And how do you know it’s done? Inquiring minds want to know.