Monthly Archives: November 2016

23: Accelerating Alley Cat!

This is one made famous by the late great Chet Atkins.

I did this short version for fun, and as a tribute to Chet.

If this doesn’t make you smile, I’m not sure what will!😆

I used:-

Click the ▶️ on the ‘player’…. 👇 … best via headset or hi-fi speakers…..

DROPBOX LINK:-  👇

https://www.dropbox.com/s/4zb0hnxyuq96mwu/agrAcceleratingAlleyCat.m4a?dl=0%5D

~agr~ 😄

22: A Film Theme. 

I would imagine that most of you will have seen the film, “Dances With Wolves”.  This is the soundtrack theme; “The John Dunbar Theme”….

Instruments/equipment:  Jazz guitar, Synth, and Bass….  The ‘full’ sound of this one only really becomes apparent through hi-fi speakers or a half decent headset.

Tap/click ▶️ on the small ‘player’👇and listen through bigger speakers or headset to get the best reproduction of the original instruments……

DROPBOX LINK:-  👇

https://www.dropbox.com/s/ijqi7vnu5gjozic/Dances_With_Wolves__John_Dunbar_Theme%20%281%29.m4a?dl=0

~agr~

21: You’re in Luck!… Black Cat Rag! 🐾


Here’s a lilting ragtime number that should make you smile😄

4 tracks:- jazz guitar, bass, rhythm 12-string guitar, plus a few bits on the keyboard. 

Click/tap ▶️ On the ‘player’ (best reproduction of original instruments.. via headset or hi-fi speakers)…… 👇

DROPBOX LINK:- 👇

https://www.dropbox.com/s/p8ub86wljl2el63/Black%20Cat%20Rag%20%281%29.m4a?dl=0

Hope it made you smile.

~agr~

  19: R.I.P. Leonard Cohen.                            Free at Last!

It was a sad day when I heard that one of my musical heroes had died.

Leonard Cohen died on 7th Nov. 2016 at the age of 82, having performed right to the end.

In this final phase, his sound had changed, but to a very hauntingly deep one, that was just as magical as the initial ‘trying to be free’ stages in his work.

I have always loved all of his music… much of it reflecting the enigmas of his personal life… but I find it curiously fascinating, not depressing, with its typically Jewish minor-key arrangements.

I recently added a couple of his more famous numbers to this “HomeSpun” music blog….. “Hallelujah” and “Dance Me To The End Of Love“. (Numbers 5 & 7)

It is strangely coincidental that the latest tune I added just a couple of days ago, happened to be, “Abide With Me“.

Today I have, as promised, added another one of his all-time great songs, where he is wrestling with himself.. trying to be free from regrets…. “Bird On The Wire“.

MY VERSION:- click/tap on ▶️ on ‘player’ below(best reproduction is via headset or hi-fi speakers)… 👇

DROPBOX LINK:-  (Jazz Guitar, Bass, Synth)……    👇

https://www.dropbox.com/s/z7nv3emkovahjjb/bird%20on%20a%20wire-1%20%281%29.m4a?dl=0

Also…      Tap/click this link for more:- https://www.theguardian.com/music/musicblog/2016/nov/11/leonard-cohen-he-knew-things-about-life-and-if-you-listened-you-could-learn

FinallyAn earlier recording of  Leonard performing “Bird On The Wire”… The lyrics are below this link…..  https://www.dropbox.com/s/ec464jqadjzf1h3/Bird%2520On%2520the%2520Wire%2520%28Live%29.mp3.mp3.mp3?dl=0

Bird on the Wire  by Leonard Cohen (lyrics 👇)

Like a bird on the wire,

Like a drunk in some old midnight choir,

I have tried in my way to be free.

Like a worm on a hook

Like a knight from some old-fashioned book,

I have saved all my ribbons for thee.

If I, if I have been unkind..

I hope that you can just let it go by.

If I, if I have been untrue..

I hope you know it was never to you.

For like a baby, stillborn,

Like a beast with his horn,

I have torn everyone who reached out for me.

But I swear by this song

And by all that I have done wrong,

I will make it all up to thee.

I saw a beggar leaning on his wooden crutch..

He said to me, “you must not ask for so much”

And a pretty woman leaning in her darkened door..

She cried to me, “hey, why not ask for more?”

Oh, like a bird on the wire,

Like a drunk in some old midnight choir,

I have tried in my way to be free.

RIP Leonard Cohen

                             Free at last!

~agr~

P.S….. Here’s an alternative version that I did of “Bird on The Wire”…….

https://www.dropbox.com/s/8f58680okjasw1y/Cohen%2C_Leonard_-_Bird_on_the_wire.m4a?dl=0

18: ‘Abide With Me’…. Universally Relevant. 

I believe that this ‘Hymn’ is universally relevant to anyone who experiences it. Even just the tune can evoke its own very special influences…..

It crosses all boundaries of time, place, situation, race, colour, and creed.. even if that creed is, ‘I don’t know’ or, ‘I can’t accept this or that’.

It can create a serenity in the hardest of hearts, and clarity and comfort to the uncertain ones…

It can also serve as a reinforcement of the many different aspects of faith and spirituality(I avoid the word ‘religion’ with a very definite intention) in those who feel that they can be fairly sure of what they believe… including those with a faith that is strong enough to be open-minded and not necessarily clinging blindly to what they have learned thus far.

This ‘hymn’ will mean different things to different people, and different things at various points in their lives.

Enjoy the music, and ponder the words.

I hope that both will give you strength, no matter who you are, and whatever situation in which you find yourself.

The Lyrics:-

NB… Try not to feel that words such as ‘lord’, ‘thy cross’, ‘Thee’, ‘Thou’, ‘Thy’, ‘Thyself’ , ‘Thy grace’, ‘the tempter’ etc. have necessarily to be ascribed to any particular ‘person’ or belief system, including the obvious mainstream teachings.  These words can, and do, mean many different things to different people in many different circumstances….. and every interpretation, if it creates serene and compassionate minds, is absolutely as valid in EVERY instance. 

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Abide with me; fast falls the eventide;

The darkness deepens; Lord, with me abide;

When other helpers fail and comforts flee,

Help of the helpless, oh, abide with me.

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Swift to its close ebbs out life’s little day;

Earth’s joys grow dim, its glories pass away;

Change and decay in all around I see—

O Thou who changest not, abide with me.

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I need Thy presence every passing hour;

What but Thy grace can foil the tempter’s pow’r?

Who, like Thyself, my guide and stay can be?

Through cloud and sunshine, Lord, abide with me.

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I fear no foe, with Thee at hand to bless;

Ills have no weight, and tears no bitterness;

Where is death’s sting? Where, grave, thy victory?

I triumph still, if Thou abide with me.

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Hold Thou Thy cross before my closing eyes;

Shine through the gloom and point me to the skies;

Heav’n’s morning breaks, and earth’s vain shadows flee;

In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me.

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The Music

Done on 3 tracks, using the jazz electric guitar…

Best reproduction is via headset or hi-fi speakers. …. Tap/click ▶️ On ‘player’ 👇

DROPBOX LINK:-  👇

https://www.dropbox.com/s/b761m8fv8zzjkli/abide.m4a?dl=0

May you feel truly blessed in whatever ways you need to be at this very moment.

~agr~

 

17: A Gentle Irish-Based Ballad for a Sunday 😊

        “I’ll Take You Home Again, Kathleen.”

………is based on an Irish folk-song, “Blow Out The Candle”…..

For this one, I used:-

Jazz Electric Guitar(backing arpeggios)…

Electric Bass…..

Electro-Acousic 12-string(picked melody)….

Synth Keyboard:- Pan Flute(alto/descant), and backing strings….

I really enjoyed doing this one, and I was particularly pleased(although I say it myself!☺️) with the way that the descant/alto worked in the second half.

Best reproduction is via headset or hi-fi speakers.

Tap/click ▶️ On the ‘player’ 👇

DROPBOX LINK:-  👇

https://www.dropbox.com/s/nx5h6422x0rtab4/illtakeyouhomeagainkathleen%20%281%29.m4a?dl=0

~agr~