West Meets East

Please give my latest work a listen, it’s a little over 8 minutes long, and like and post it. I’m getting the word out that I do this type of thing. Thank you.

Robert Abate
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Green

Recently I was approached by Michigan poet Robb Astor to provide a musical background for his written in Tanzania poem “Green”, here’s what we came up with:

 

green, how green

leaves of banana trees

fields

where crowned cranes danced

fields how yellow

dabs of yellow dappled fields

of african daisies

fireflies green with light

 

in darkness

shone stars i did not know

had never seen

rigel kentaurus

canopus

aldeberon

how we lay those nights

beneath the stars

show me you said

the southern cross

lost in interstices

of sky above the alleys

 

a green dress

satin shining in the shop window

your eyes in the glass

beneath old electric speakers

wired in the heights of marinets

the fullness of your hair eclipsing

clouds of magellan

 

how you danced

in midnight streets humming

that sappy bollywood music

the silhouette of you

beneath the screen and me

but oh how far from green i’ve wandered

 

how far

alcor

mizar

how cloudy my vision

all things colored

even the black mold

clinging to white stone

ruins where i used to sit

in forlorn grasses

drawing doorways in time-worn walls

The Love Of Music

The love of music is a wonderful thing: organic, natural and ancient.  Not only has it been an area of human focus for as long as there have been humans, it abounds and springs to life in nature.  Sound waves follow patterns inherent in the creation of the universe and can lead us to emotional conclusions that we need to be shown if we can open ourselves up to it.  It is there for you if you are willing to listen and will help fill that hole in your soul.

 

The Twenty-Third Job

The Leader is my shepherd, I shall not starve

He maketh me sit down in powder blue tuxedos

He leadeth me beside shrill vocalists

He restoreth my wallet

He leadeth me in dance halls of gratuitousness

For his names sake

Yea, though I walk through the kitchen or the back hallway

I will fear no evil

For thou art paying me

Thy baton and thy charts they showcase me

Thou preparest a chair for me in the presence of mine audience

Thou countest off my chart with vigor

My beer spilleth over

Surely Goodman and Miller shall follow me all the days of my life

And I shall dwell in the house of Band forever

 

Blessed are the poor in cash, for theirs is the wedding gig

Blessed are those who blow changes, for they shall be soloists

Blessed are the sight readers, for they shall inherit the section parts

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for dinner on the break, for they shall be satisfied

Blessed are the merciful, for they shall never play an accordion

Blessed are the pure in tempo, for they shall be drummers

Blessed are the bass players, for they shall be bored

Blessed are those who are persecuted for the sake of playing “In The Mood” one more time, for theirs is the kingdom of Mortgage payments

Blessed are you when men revile and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my bandstand

Rejoice and be glad for your reward is great at the end of the night

For also did men persecute the trombonists who were before you.

 

Dominant Chords An Augmented 4th Apart In The Root

Dominant Chords An Augmented 4th Apart In The Root

The most powerful and most used progression in music is dropping a 5th in the root.  Anyone has merely to play a Dominant chord of a key followed by the 1st chord or Tonic of that key to understand why the monks of Europe in the Dark Ages named the 5th chord of a key Dominant.  It is an inherent rule of music that the Dominant chord leads to the Tonic.  Anyone can hear the settling of the tone center when this particular chord change is played.

#13 3rd's and 7th's REVERSEFor this particular example of chord substitution I’m going to use an E7 going to an A7 resolving to a Dmaj7.  The A7 chord in this progression is going to be substituted by an Eb7 chord which is the same chord type an augmented 4th away in the root.  You can hear in the example that this is a pleasing similar sound.  I don’t know why this works but it does.  It also happens that the 3rd’s and 7th’s of the A7 and the Eb7 are the same notes reversed in position, making the different chords quite alike.  What you can realized out of this harmonic device is a chromatically descending chord progression that is different from the cycle of 5th’s with the same amount of solidity and power.  When using this device you must adjust the chords to reflect the notes of the melody that are happening when the chord substitution is being played.