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Tune Add: Evergreen by Jeri

08 Apr 00 - 10:08 PM (#209043)
Subject: Evergreen by Jeri
From: Alan of Australia

G'day,
"Evergreen", a tune written by Jeri may be found here at the Mudcat MIDI site.

Cheers,
Alan


08 Apr 00 - 10:21 PM (#209051)
Subject: RE: Tune Add: Evergreen by Jeri
From: Gypsy

Jeri, you are incredibly clever! What great stuff is being posted that you wrote. WOW!


08 Apr 00 - 11:45 PM (#209091)
Subject: RE: Tune Add: Evergreen by Jeri
From: katlaughing

Damn, womon! You are full of 'em! This one had better be upcoming on someone's CD very soon! Nice transitions and counterpoint! I really love this...it sounds SO trad! Whoo-Hoo!! You go gyrl!*BG*

luvyakat


08 Apr 00 - 11:46 PM (#209093)
Subject: RE: Tune Add: Evergreen by Jeri
From: Little Neophyte

Jeri, I think you should call this one Jeri, because it reminds me so much of you.

Bonnie


09 Apr 00 - 12:14 AM (#209110)
Subject: RE: Tune Add: Evergreen by Jeri
From: Sorcha

WOW! I just don't get how anybody does this......do you hear the tune in your head and just "know" what note it is, or what? If I ever do hear an original tune, I have no idea what note it is, or where to start! The only thing I have ever done is a counterpoint to the real melody! I am so impressed!!!


09 Apr 00 - 10:10 AM (#209206)
Subject: RE: Tune Add: Evergreen by Jeri
From: Jeri

Thanks, you guys!

Sorcha, I have tunes in my head most of the time - often ones I didn't write. Sometimes, I whistle or hum something all day long, realize it's new (thinks to self "where the heck did that come from?") and write it down. Sometimes a tune starts out being a well-known one and morphs into something else. (If you want to see what I'm talking about, listen to Morrison's Jig, then listen to Frosty's Denial.) Sometimes, everything is from scratch. The Laughing Cat and Evergreen were like that - I just started with a feeling and put the notes where they sounded like they wanted to go. The Lauging Cat was written for Kataughing, so I tried to concentrate on how her personality would "sound." Evergreen was written about a tree I could see from my window. It had survived countless winters, and been battered by many a storm. It was the first day with some hint of spring in the air. My feeling was that, like the tree, we survive our winters and are changed by them, but spring always comes. (Whoa - maybe this should go in "Thought For The Day.)

Re getting a tune out of your head and onto the paper, the first step is figuring out what key it's in. Maybe it would be best to learn it (on instrument or voice) first, then writing down the notes you're playing/singing. I guess it's just sight writing instead of sight reading. Thanks to Jon Freeman, I use Cakewalk, and can hear the note as I'm putting it in, and can play all or parts of it as I go to see if I'm getting it right.


09 Apr 00 - 10:49 AM (#209211)
Subject: RE: Tune Add: Evergreen by Jeri
From: Little Neophyte

Jeri, Rick has emphasized many, many times to me that when I come up with a tune in my head, to immediately get it down on a tape recorder. After that I would then have time to figure out the key, write down the notes ect.... but if I don't get it on the tape right away there is a chance I may lose it.

Little Neo


09 Apr 00 - 02:09 PM (#209261)
Subject: RE: Tune Add: Evergreen by Jeri
From: katlaughing

That's exactly what I have to do, too, LilNeo, in order to not lose whatever is rattling round in my head.


09 Apr 00 - 03:26 PM (#209282)
Subject: RE: Tune Add: Evergreen by Jeri
From: Jeri

Rick's advice is, as usual, the best - the first step is to remember the tune so you can write it down. Some of my tunes have been things that I couldn't get out of my head, so remembering them is no problem. For the fresh ones, I'll often diddle or whistle them into my computer for a reference. (I don't have a tape recorder that works at the moment.)