Wednesday, 29 November 2006

Crispy Crispy Benjamin Franklin...




Hmm. Inaugural post. What to talk about....?

Well, I've just started taking piano lessons, which are going very well. Years of shunning musical theory (I taught myself to play guitar by ear) have come back to bite me as I now immerse myself in crotchets, quavers and semi-tones. Currently learning to play a mean version of When The Saints Go Marching In at college, while at the same time trying my hand at some rather more tasty test pieces at home - Flint by Sufjan Stevens and the jaw-dropping Chemo Limo by Regina Spektor. The Sufjan track is coming along nicely, as are the verses of the Regina tune - trying to crack the rest of that one may well take a fair few months however.... Try not to imagine anyone mangling these great songs as you immerse ourself in the joy of the originals:

MP3:
Sufjan Stevens - Flint (For The Unemployed And Underpaid)


Buy Greetings From Michigan from amazon.co.uk

MP3: Regina Spektor - Chemo Limo

Buy Mary Ann Meets the Gravediggers and Other Short Stories [CD + DVD] from amazon.co.uk



2 comments:

Miss Euphie said...

Good on ya, Killer!

Give it time... before long you'll be dealing with dominant and diminished 7ths and chord inversions :)

Music theory may be very tough going, but once you get the hang of it, there's a whole world of harmonic colours out there for you to paint with... and I think you're one fine artist.

owens valley tomatohead said...

I salute you, Spence! Our poor piano just sits in the corner. I will have to wait until the baby starts with his lessons to start my own.