Monday, December 5, 2011

Bye Bye Blackbird

This song was featured in the slow ending of the recent Public Enemy movie where John Dillinger is played by Johnny Depp. In retrospect that film was a romantic adventure where Dillinger is a bad guy with a heart. This song is harmonized so the full richness resonates with the broken-hearted like Oggy.
A man came out with his oxygen tank and listened to a few songs I've played before. Then he asked for Honeysuckle Rose and it was in the book but I'd never been interested in playing it. So I stumbled through it and have added it to my repertoire. That's what makes me happy. It's my dream to really be able to nail this song in the uptempo reprise. IT's a simple melody but if I have to read the music for Meet me in St. Louis (1st grade level) then how am I going to hammer out an advanced harmonization of Bye Bye Blackbird? I'll answer that question by saying that I must live in my van to do nothing but play piano, specifically those few songs over and over for the iron lung set.
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