The Damascus Drum reel

By Matt Seattle

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One setting

X: 1
T: The Damascus Drum
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmin
"A"GA A/A/A BA^cd|"A"eAde ^c4|"A"^cA A/A/A GABA|"A"A/A/A GA A4|
"A"GA A/A/A BA^cd|"A"eAde g4|"Dm"fd d/d/d "A"e^c c/c/c|1 "Bb"dB B/B/B "A"A4:|2 "Bb"dB B/B/B "A"^c4||
|:"Dm"^cd d/d/d edfd|"Dm"d/d/d gd a4|"Dm"a(3g/a/g/ fd "A"e^c c/c/c|"Bb"dB B/B/B "A"^c4|
"Dm"^cd d/d/d edfd|"Dm"d/d/d gd a4|"A"GA A/A/A A/A/A BA|"A"A/A/A GA A4:|
|:"A"GA A/A/A BA^cd|"A"edgf e4|"A"eAde ^cA A/A/A|"Gm"d(3^c/d/c/ BG "A"A4|
"A"GA A/A/A BA^cd|"A"edgf e4|"A"eAde gAaA|"A"A/A/A ga a4:|
|:"Dm"ad d/d/d gdfd|"Dm"d/d/d fe "A"^c4|"A"^cA A/A/A GABA|"A"A/A/A GA A4|
"Dm"ad d/d/d gdad|"Dm"d/d/d ga a(3g/a/g/ fd|"Dm"d/d/d fe "A"^cc/c/ ce|"Bb"dB B/B/B "A"A4:|

Four comments

The Damascus Drum

©2006 Matt Seattle
Written for my favourite café, The Damascus Drum in Hawick
hence the mode, which is not really D minor but Makam Hijaz on A.
At certain times, in certain places, played by certain people, the tune develops into a vehicle for joy, and dancing is done.

Tis a fine cafe and a fine tune. And just like the Damascus Drum cafe, where time seems to stand still, so in the tune you can also lose oneself (but not in a musical sense, of course).
It’s kind of like the clothes shop in Mr Benn.Ain’t that so, Matt.

I suppose I should have said you can lose yourself or one can lose oneself just like what I have lost the use of my mother tongue, don’t you know.


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