“Myxamatosis” ~ Merry X-Mas Dow
So I’ve broke with the season, just wanted to pass out a couple of gifts up front. This one is in honour of Dow, alias Mark… Don’t say I never gave you anything… Heh, heh, heh…
Not forgetting the complementary ‘happy face’… Think of it as a mint to cover up the garlic in the curry…
Here’s wishin’ the gang here all a very jolly season and a New Year with the good company and good times and the love, wisdom and strength to meet and make the best of any challenges the New Year might place in your path…
So, what music am I listening to for Christmas, head bangin’. I think it might be more dangerous to head bang in mixed meters….
Guess the ‘key’….
“Stuffin’ Muffins” ~ a recipe for the holidays
For vegetarians, you can leave out the bacon/pancetta and use margarine instead of butter
5 1/2 fl.oz. (170 ml) sour cream
1 tablespoon sugar (we use various raw sugars at home)
1 tablespoon active dry yeast
2 free range eggs ~ whipped
1 lb. (450g) strong bread flour - half wholewheat / half white
(approximately two cups)
1 teaspoon salt
4 oz (115g) butter ~ cut in
100g strong cheddar ~ finely grated
1 red onion ~ chopped
1 red pepper ~ thin walled and sweet ( ~ but there are many possibilities…)
garlic to taste ~ crushed and chopped…
pepper to taste
Sage to taste ~ chopped or scissored, so it is still visible
several strips of smoky bacon / pancetta ~ chopped
150g a good quality pesto
50g pine kernels
1.) heat up the sour cream & sugar to lukewarm,
add the yeast and set it aside to let it get frothing, 15 - 20 minutes…
2.) In a large mixing bowl combine the dry ingredients, flours and salt, and cut in the butter and rub it in until it all resembles coarse breadcrumbs.
3.) Make the well in the centre and add the frothng sour cream mixture and the lightly whipped eggs and finely grated cheddar and blend with a spoon stiring from the centre outwards until it forms a stiff dough.
4.) Knead! ~ until smooth and elastic. You can then start to work in the veggies, bacon and seasoning…
5.) Leave it all to rise covered and in a warm place for a couple of hours. Even with all that’s in it, it should double in size…
6.) Flour a surface and roll it out in a long rectangular.
7.) The filling ~ basil pesto, homemade is the best. Add a bit more crunch and body to it by toasting and grinding up the extra pine nuts and then stiring that into the pesto. It needs to be spreadable so add a little virgin olive oil if needed, but not too much. Spread this out evenly on the dough, leaving a small margin for pinching the dough together at the end.
8.) Roll it from long end to long end into a cylinder, pinch the dough together, damp it beforehand if needed. It will look something like a strange ‘Swiss Roll’…
8.) Then, there are several methods, cut the log into approximately 1inch / 2.5cm deep round pinwheels of dough, akin to ‘sticky buns’ or ‘cinammon rolls’…
9.) set these out on a baking tray cut side up.
10.) In a preheated oven, 180° C / Gas Mark 4 / 350° F, bake on a centre shelf for 20 – 25 minutes until brown…and transfer to a rack to cool. These are great on their own or with cream cheese, or with a nice homemade chicken soup, rabbit stew or clam chowder, and if you have too many and they dry out, well, they are the perfect basis for starting a stuffing for your goose…or whatever bird you’ve plans on for the holidays…
If you fix them for company, warn them that their not sweet but savoury…
their should read ‘they’re’… I’m eating one now with hot soup, something for my raw throat and raspy lungs…
Thanks for the tune, ‘c’. It’s a bit much for me for after midnight but I’ll have a go at it tomorrow afternoon. You’ve made me hungry talking about food and I’ve already had my tea. Thanks also for the company in the tunes section. I get really lonely in here you know :-(
I’ts a hangover cure, when you can play it you know the hangover is cured… ;-)
Third part, measure 4, for those of you with limited wind, you can play that up an octave, heh, heh, or:
| cAc B^G AG |
"Winds my a**!" I hear you mutter ~ now don’t be rude, this was put together on an Eb whistle don’t you know…but transcribed as if on a D whistle…and I’m not whiz…
Later I used an old tuned set of free reeds, approximately half a step sharp, and that’s when I started dippin’ below the staff…
“Myxamatosis” mix down to 5/8
I also find myself playing it so ~
|: E^GB Be | dcB AB | DAD Dc | dDA DF |
E^GB Be | dcB AB | dDc BA | ^GAF E2 :|
|: BEB cB | EB^G AF | DAD BA | dDc B^G |
[1 BEB cB | EB^G AF | dDc BA | ^GAF E2 :|
[2 eb^g c’a | b^ga fd | dcB ^GA | DFD E2 ||
|: DDE FD | B^GB AF | DED FE | CA,B, ^G,2 |
DDE FD | B^GB AF | DED FA | ^GAF E2 :|
Speaking of food Dow, when you wake, just to dig it in, though you were invited to join me, tonight I’m downing Old Nick barley wine, a lovely handmade ham and rhubarb pie, some amazingly intoxication smoked blue Shropshire cheese and assorted pickle… Well, maybe not to everyone’s liking, but I’m loving it…. It could be the 7 and a half % in part… Pleasant dreams old friend and thanks for the inspiration…
DOW! ~ GO TO BED!!! It’s damned late over there in Oz and you’ll be a pain if you don’t get some beauty sleep…
Hey, is it true that there isn’t much of a Christmas over there? A friend returned from working over there and all he could do was moan that there wasn’t a Christmas ~ NOT AS WE KNOW IT anyway…
It’s the morning! I had to get up early because the plumber was coming to check through our whole apartment block. I’m having my breakfast and trying out your tune. The 7/8 one is great - really intense (phrygian dominant scale isn’t it?) — I especially like the part endings that go |dDc B^G FE|. I’m about to try the 5/8.
We do have Christmas over here but it’s more low key than in the UK. Still have tacky decorations and fake snow and santa. Only it’s over 30 degrees, so it’s difficult to get in the mood for Christmas when you’ve been brought up in Europe. I have to admit I don’t really mind Christmas being low key though. We tend to have a seafood BBQ instead of roast turkey on Xmas day. At least if I wanted my mum’s roast turkey I always have the option of flying home! Have you heard of our "Christmas in July", or whatever they call it over here? That’s even weirder than having a Christmas when it’s blazing hot.
Seafood ~ some of my favourite fish are down your way. I especially liked something we used to call red snapper, but the choice was massive and I never had any I didn’t like. I also love those small coconut eating pigs they used to raise on the islands down there. I’ve been getting reports that it’s sweltering there.
I hope you enjoy the two takes on this tune, after all you’re responsible. I’ll tell you more later… If you’ve gotten through the 7/8 one you must be sober by now… In the meantime drink plenty of liquids and take as many dips in cool water as time and the situation allow…
Yes ~ more phrygeration…
Whistle friendly version
R: slip jig
|: F^Ac cf gf | edc Bc GF | EBE EB Ed | eEB EG FE |
F^Ac cf gf | edc Bc g^a | bg^a bf gf | eEd c^A GF :|
|: cFc fF dc | Fc^A dc BA | GEB c^A BE | eEd c^A GF |
[1 cFc fF dc | Fc^A dc ba | geb c’^a bd | eEd c^A GF :|
[2 f^ac’ d’b c’a | bfd ge fd | edc ^Ac AG | eEG F2- F2 ||
|: EEF GE GF | c^Ac BA GF | EFE GE GF | DB,D C^A, B,A, |
EEF GE GF | c^Ac BA GF | EFE GE GF | EGE F2- F2 :|
“Myxamatosis” ~ and swisspiper’s magic flute?
Damn swisspiper, why didn’t my whistle do that for me? And just where did you get a whistle with keys taking it down to low B, and C? I’d like one too. Here’s that bit without the added extension and a slight variation ~
|: EEF GE GF | c^Ac BA GF | EFE GE GF | dBd c^A BA |
EEF GE GF | c^Ac BA GF | EFE GE GF |1 EGE Fc ^AG :|
2 EGE F2- F2 ||
Thanks for the retread…
“Myxamatosis” ~ old ways anew
There are some fun ways to syncopate 7/8 and 5/8, something percussionists can have fun with too, and these meters are great on the bodhran in the right hands, for example Tommy Hayes, but you don’t need his way with the tipper to pull them off. Here are just a couple of examples, take ‘N’ for ‘note’ (or primary beat / accent for percussionists) and ‘z’ as it usually is, a rest. Such distractions are bes pulled off with a good strong supportive rhythmic backing maintaining the 5/8 or 7/8 identity under the variations ~ 1 and 2 bars shown as examples:
| NzN zN | = 1-2-3
| NzN zN | zNz Nz | = 1-2-3-4-5-
| NzN zN zN | = 1-2-3-4-
| NzN zN zN | zNz Nz Nz | = 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-
| NzN zN z2 | = 1-2-3—
“The Modal Anorak” ~ Mark / Dow
Key signature: E Dorian ~ as if
Submitted on April 29th 2005 by Dow.
Fessin’ up to the inspiration, but really, if you want a crazy set of tunes incorporate these relatives for a wild time, 5/8, 6/8, 7/8… I promise, I’m not going to submit the 21/16 go at it…
Why, because it might get deleted? ;-)
You must be psychic…