Boston Life jig

Also known as The Boston Life Quickstep, The Boston Life.

There are 2 recordings of a tune by this name.

Boston Life has been added to 16 tunebooks.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: Boston Life
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
B,/A,/|:G,B,D GBd|b3 bfa|gfg Bcd|c3 cBc|DFA d^cd|
fef a2g|1fef ABc|ed^c dBG:|2fed bfa|g3 g2F||
|:GBd gdB|Ace a2g|f/g/af ABc|ed^c dBG|GBd gdB|
Ace a2g|1fed bfa|g3 g2F:|2f/g/af def|g3 g2||
X: 2
T: Boston Life
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
B,/A,/|:G,B,D GBd|{a}b3 bfa|{a}gfg Bcd|{B}c3 {d}cBc|
DFA (3d/e/d/^cd|(3f/g/f/ef a2g|1(3f/g/f/ef ABc|ed^c {c}dBG:|2fed bfa|{f}g3 g2(F||
|:G)Bd gd(B|A)ce {g}a2g|f/g/af ABc|ed^c dBG|
GBd gdB|Ace {g}a2g|1fed bfa|{f}g3 g2F:|2f/g/af def|{f}g3 g2|]
X: 3
T: Boston Life
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:G,B,D GBd|b3 bfa|gfg Bcd|c3 {d}cBc|
DFA {e}d^cd|fef a2g|1{g}fef ABc|ed^c {e}dBG:|2{g}fed bfa|g3 g3||
|:GBd gdB|Ace a2g|faf ABc|ed^c {e}dBG|
DGB {e}dBG|Ace a2g|{g}fed bfa|g3 g3:|
X: 4
T: Boston Life
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
G,B,D GBd | b3- bfa | gfg Bcd | c3- cBA |
DFA d^cd | f^ef a2 g |[1 fef ABc | ed^c dBG :|[2 fed c'fa | g3- g ||
GB/c/d gdB | Ace a2 g | faf ABc | ed^c d2 B |
DG/A/B dBG | Ace a2 g |[1 fed c'fa | g3- g :|[2 f/g/ag fc'a | g3- g |]
DGB GB/c/d | b3- bfa | gfg Bcd | c3- cBA |
DFA d^cd | f3 a2 g |[1 fef ABc | ed^c d :|[2 fed c'fa | g3- g ||
GB/c/d gdB | Ace a2 g | f/g/af ABc | ed^c dBG |
DG/A/B dBG | AB/c/e a^ga |[1 fed c'fa | g3- g :|[2 f/g/ag fc'a | g3- g |]

Nine comments

A tune by Frank Ferrel. The tune has a certain two-step feel to it, probably due to the different A part endings.
This transcription is very roughly based on the playing of Shane Cook.

A more detailed transcription of Shane Cook’s take on this tune is:

X: 1
T: Boston Life
C: Frank Ferrel
S: Troy MacGilivray & Shane Cook/When Here Meets There/Track 2
N; as played by Shane Cook
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: G
B,/A,/|:G,B,D GBd|{a}b3 bfa|{a}gfg Bcd|{B}c3 {d}cBc|
DFA (3d/e/d/^cd|(3f/g/f/ef a2g|1(3f/g/f/ef ABc|ed^c {c}dBG:|2fed bfa|{f}g3 g2(F|
|:G)Bd gd(B|A)ce {g}a2g|f/g/af ABc|ed^c dBG|
GBd gdB|Ace {g}a2g|1fed bfa|{f}g3 g2F:|2f/g/af def|{f}g3 g2|]

Don’t know how to write rolls in abc with accidentals so have just notated them as mordent thingies.

Whereas Buddy MacMaster does something like this:

X: 1
T: Boston Life
C: Frank Ferrel
S: Buddy MacMaster/Cape Breton Tradition/Track 3
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: G
|:G,B,D GBd|b3 bfa|gfg Bcd|c3 {d}cBc|
DFA {e}d^cd|fef a2g|1{g}fef ABc|ed^c {e}dBG:|2{g}fed bfa|g3 g3|
|:GBd gdB|Ace a2g|faf ABc|ed^c {e}dBG|
DGB {e}dBG|Ace a2g|{g}fed bfa|g3 g3:|

Note in particular the fifth bar of the B part.

Nice one DonaldK, and nice work too, appreciated…

Thanks, and note that those slurs at the start of the B part of Shane Cook’s take are slides (glissandi).

great tune! thanks for posting. I have been trying to sort out this one for a while now. I haven’t quite gotten to the stage where I can figure out a tune simply by listening to the recording, although I am getting better :)

“Boston Life” ~ a jig by Frank Ferrel ~ some other possibilities

Here it comes, and the second take is for instruments limited at the bottom to D ~

X: 4
T: Boston Life
C: Frank Ferrel
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K: Gmaj
B,A, |:\
G,B,D GBd | b3- bfa | gfg Bcd | c3- cBA |
DFA d^cd | f^ef a2 g |[1 fef ABc | ed^c dBG :|[2 fed c’fa | g3- g ||
|: cF |\
GB/c/d gdB | Ace a2 g | faf ABc | ed^c d2 B |
DG/A/B dBG | Ace a2 g |[1 fed c’fa | g3- g :|[2 f/g/ag fc’a | g3- g |]

X: 5
T: Boston Life
C: Frank Ferrel
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K: Gmaj
|: BG |\
DGB GB/c/d | b3- bfa | gfg Bcd | c3- cBA |
DFA d^cd | f3 a2 g |[1 fef ABc | ed^c d :|[2 fed c’fa | g3- g ||
|: cA |\
GB/c/d gdB | Ace a2 g | f/g/af ABc | ed^c dBG |
DG/A/B dBG | AB/c/e a^ga |[1 fed c’fa | g3- g :|[2 f/g/ag fc’a | g3- g |]

"Buddy MacMaster: Cape Breton Tradition"
https://thesession.org/recordings/display/2207
3.) "Nicole Fakoory" (J.M Rankin)/ "Gabrielle’s" (J.M. Rankin) / "Boston Life" (F. Ferrel) / "Moll in the Wad" / "Spin-n-Glow" (F. Ferrel)
http://www.cranfordpub.com/
http://www.cranfordpub.com/recordings/BuddyTradition.htm

The jig "Boston Life" is in Frank Ferel’s book, "Music For The Feet", published by Mel Bay. And here’s an extract from that:

"Boston Life is simply a celebration of all the stuff of living in Boston. Its both a statement of fact (for those who live in "The Boston States) and a dream (for those who would like to). It was inspired, as much by my decision to make Boston my home, as it was by hearing the late Herbie MacLoud’s description of the promise Boston held for so many young Canadian Maritimes dreamers."
~ Frank Ferrel

Yes, I considered the E sharp in bar 6 but decided that would be just too implausible for some instruments, though, of course, to the ears it sounds great.

R: quickstep

R: quickstep