The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #160214   Message #3799272
Posted By: leeneia
06-Jul-16 - 11:43 AM
Thread Name: Midnight On The Water
Subject: RE: Midnight On The Water
I was practicing 'Midnight on the Water' on my old piano one day, and I happened to try a deep, powerful octave in the bass. My husband was walking by and he exclaimed, ""That's it! It's about a boat!"

We both remembered our New Orleans cruise on the steamboat Natchez, with the jazz, the dinner, and the college students loving the Dixieland.

I liked the idea, and I decided to make 'Midnight on the Water into a musical picture about a steamboat. Now it's got a sentimental section, where someone hears the steamboat whistle at midnight and longs to get away, and it's got an engine section.

In this video, you can see such an engine at work, albeit lazily.   

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cnzjkCYCS-8

I wonder what they did with the Natchez during Hurricane Katrina.