Mostly Harmless

Being a sci-fi geek, I absolutely loved this line from the novel “Mostly Harmless” by Kate Russell:

“Do not try to bend the spoon. Instead, use the spoon to stir your tea.”

It’s spoken by a distinctly tea-obsessed virtual security guard (of sorts) to the protagonist, Angel Rose. I wholeheartedly recommend the novel as a witty and action-packed narrative based on the “Elite: Dangerous” video game (knowledge of the game isn’t necessary to appreciate the novel though). Read more Mostly Harmless

I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face

About this piece

The original song, “I’ve Grown Accustomed to her Face”, is from a well-known musical called “My Fair Lady” (c. 1956), by Alan J. Lerner (lyrics) and Frederick Loewe (music).

At this point in the story, the protagonist (Henry Higgins) is starting to realise how he really feels about his student (Eliza Doolittle) now that she’s gone away.
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Download the sheet music (free)

About this piece

Firstly, sorry about my lack of guitar skill in the video above. I don’t practice nearly often enough!

This piece is intended to be like a short musical narrative of a relaxing scene. What I see in my mind’s eye is a peaceful and sunny afternoon beside a lake, where you can leave life’s troubles behind for a little while.

I originally wrote it in 2002 for acoustic guitar, and named it “Dolce Serenade” (“dolce” roughly translates to “sweet”). It’s never been performed or published before though, and I’ve tweaked it a little over the years, including changing the name to be a bit more down-to-earth. I’ve opted for an electric guitar in the video above mainly because I don’t have a decent microphone for recording acoustic! 🙂 Read more Lakeside

Avenging the Homeworld (v1)

This is an original composition by me, and it’s still a work-in-progress!
Click the Play button below to listen, or you can listen at SoundCloud.

About this composition

This is a fairly rough first version of a sci-fi inspired composition. It’s a totally different direction to my usual stuff (sorry if that took you by surprise!). The basic themes I was exploring were loss and isolation, followed by a determination to fight back against a grave injustice. If, like me, you’re a Doctor Who fan, then imagine the Doctor’s feelings about Gallifrey, and that’s kind of the direction I was going.
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Twinkle Twinkle Little Star (jazz piano)

About this piece

I was basing this improvisation on the well-known lullaby, “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”. As with many traditional songs, the lyrics and the tune were written separately. The tune can be traced back to a French melody, called “Ah! vous dirai-je, Maman”, which was first published around the mid 18th century. Various versions of it have been used in other children’s songs (including the “Alphabet Song” and “Baa Baa Black Sheep”), as well as a number of classical compositions and Christmas carols.

The English lyrics come from the first verse of an early 19th century poem by Jane Taylor. You can find out more information, including the full original lyrics, on the associated Wikipedia article. You’ll also find “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” in the Roud Folksong Index at number 7666.
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To a Wild Rose

About this piece

“To a Wild Rose” is one of the most popular pieces composed by American musician Edward MacDowell. It is the first item from his 1896 collection “10 Woodland Sketches” (Opus 51), and the sheet music can be found free in various places online, such as the Petrucci Music Library. MacDowell was a romantic era musician who studied at the Paris Conservatoire, as well as Dr. Hoch’s Conservatory in Frankfurt. He later returned to America, and eventually became professor of music at Columbia University.
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What a Friend We Have in Jesus (blues piano)

About this hymn

The original lyrics for “What a Friend we Have in Jesus” were written in the 19th century by Irish poet Joseph Scriven, who was living in Canada at the time. The well known tune was composed several years later by a US attorney called Charles Converse. As with many hymns, there are now several variations, and it is known by quite different names in other languages, such as “World of Stars” in some Japanese translations.
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