Published June 24th, 2015. Song number 5 in this series (Suite 21) is a jazz/blues tune, This song begins in classic jazz form (4/4) but then evolves into the more classic 6 bar blues title. This is now my 6th jazz invention but my 1st attempt at 6 bar blues notation. Not all that bad. Came out kind of interesting.
I still do not have the ability to place any real vocals yet into my productions, although I recently found some software that might have been used to clean up my own vocal attempts, had I taken that route. However, the time available to complete the job has been cut short so we may need to just let the whole vocal idea go.
The plan was to pursue two renditions under the new Glove effort, one with no vocals for international listeners, this album in other words, and the other to incorporate homeland vocals. I had hoped to take up basic vocal training and focus on simply throwing my own singing in there. It doesn’t have to be perfect.
But for the time being, I have decided to put off vocal training until another writing effort has begun somewhere down the road, should that time even become available. We are stuck with what we have to work with.
In this production, you have your basic computer “aahs” and “oohs” to digest. Here the goal is simply give listeners a gist of what the vocal line would sound like if another jazz singer came along to do this album. Not the ideal situation to work with as not everybody likes this sound, but on the other hand, everybody in the world can understand the instrumental edition. Let’s see what Wiki has to say about this particular zero nutrition American food stuff.
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My appreciation for Jazz matured mostly from radio Jazz stations, although I was very psyched to catch Dizzy Gillespie in Chicago one year before he passed on. That was so cool. But the main hearing development took place in Philadelphia over a radio station called WXPN Public Radio which aired out of the University of Pennsylvania.
This PBS affiliate basically identified with college pop mostly, but aired jazz occasionally when it felt right. The biggest blessings occurred every Saturday night though when WXPN aired The Blues Show for 6-8 uninterrupted commercial free hours.
Are you familiar with the basic 6 bar blues construction of a blues song? Basically, you play the same 1-4-5 sequence verse after verse, song after song, hour after hour, all night long. Can be very monotonous to a beginning ear when you first run across the beast. It takes time to hear the unique messages and styles, then suddenly appreciation goes through the roof leaps and bounds.
Anyway, I was just going to write about common sense jazz and its contrast to the intricate nuances built into blues songs. In my effort, I put in the not so accomplished performance of a blues man I labeled Timmy the Trombonist and then contrast him off against the original sound of Tommy the Trumpet player. Yes, hate to burst your bubble, but a true blues-man would appreciate this puzzling situation. I mean, Timmy does do his very best to make the grade, but never quite captures the ideal soundscape. Tommy Trumpet, on the other hand, has no problem carving out his opportunity, effectively running circles around Timmy Trombone,. No respect.
Yeah, I’d say that the blues has become a good friend to me over time in its own special way. Quite the study. A most logically illogical query, to say the least. A lot of fun too.