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Monday, April 23, 2012

"Rearden's Theme"

Hello to all. Sorry for the hiatus. Sometimes life throws curve balls at us, but we muster through and get back on track, keeping our goals in mind. Though I’ve not posted here in months, I’ve still managed to practice and compose my piano music over that same time period. Thanks for keeping in touch.

“Rearden’s Theme” ( © 2011 by John Dick ) is my latest piano composition and written in a more classical music style. I consider it my first real attempt at a serious, more complex piano composition that reflects my personal impression of a very powerful theme --- and a step forward in my own composing ability.

Many of you know the story of the fictional character (the industrialist hero) Hank Rearden, from the novel Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand, and of his epic struggle to discover morality and truth in his own life. For those of you that do not, I encourage you to venture forward and discover. So I won't spoil the details.

My goal here was to attempt to create my own artistic, piano and musical impression to capture the theme of Hank Rearden's plight, struggle and final deliverance from those who wanted to devour and destroy him. So, wherever you might stand in your own evaluation of Atlas Shrugged and its characters, I do hope you, nonetheless, enjoy listening to my own personal musical impression of that ideal that is Hank Rearden.

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Friday, June 24, 2011

"Down By The Sally Gardens"

The popular Irish traditional tune "Down By The Sally Gardens" has always been one of my favorites. In 1909 the Irish composer Herbert Hughes (1882-1937) set the verse of the poem Down By The Sally Gardens, by poet William Butler Yeats, to music using an old Irish air titled The Maids of the Mourne Shore. That is the melody we all associate with the modern version of the song. The word "sally" or "salley" is a version of the word "sallow," which is a tree. It is close to the Irish word saileach, which means "willow." So, whether you are down by the sally gardens or the willow gardens, this is a great tune to sing along with. I present my solo piano arrangement.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Quick Music Update

There's a saying in the music business:

"Practice for two hours each day, everyone knows you're not good, and you know you are not good. Practice for four hours each day, everyone thinks you're good, but you know that you are still not good. But practice for eight hours each day, then everyone knows you're good, and you know you are good."

Well, for brevity's sake, I haven't been able to practice much these past six weeks or so as I have been learning new job skills at a new job in a whole new occupation for myself. Hey, I love and have a passion for my music, but someone has to pay for piano upkeep and shelter. My old profession of civil engineering design work for over 28 years went the way of the horse-and-buggy (but without anything else to replace it) after the 2008 "residential and commercial real estate" crash, and it was time to find another line of work.

However, for these past two weeks I have finally been able to sneak in more piano practice time each day and sharpen my "chops." As I greatly appreciate your patience, I am working on new music to record and post coming next month in June 2011, including one of my own new piano compositions. So, I invite you to please check back soon and often. Thank you so much for your interest.

Cheers, John

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

"Lord Inchiquin" by O'Carolan

One of my favorite Irish composers was blind harpist Turlough O'Carolan, 1670-1738. For many years I've enjoyed listening to other artists' interpretations and arrangements of O'Carolan's music, of which he wrote over 200 compositions, surviving only in melody form. When I was able to return to playing piano, I decided to pick a few of my own favorite O'Carolan tunes, add some chords, and arrange them for piano. "Lord Inchiquin" is just such a tune. It has such a happy spring to it. Whether or not Lord Inchiquin himself was such a happy fellow, O'Carolan painted him as a happy kind of guy nonetheless, as the melody indicates. O'Carolan was greatly influenced by his contemporary, Vivaldi, who's music O'Carolan greatly admired. Much of O'Carolan's music was commissioned by his many patrons. Enjoy!

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Monday, March 7, 2011

"Danny Boy" solo piano

Originally arranged and included in a musical tribute to my friend Mick O'Connell, I thought it would be appropriate to present this popular Irish tune by itself for St. Patrick's Day, when we're all a little bit Irish.

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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Musical Tribute to Mick O'Connell

“In the context of pursuing rational values, it is always best to follow that passion which makes one feel most alive at living.”
--- Michael J. O’Connell, 1933-2010
(military veteran, family man, businessman, and dear friend)

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