The Music Page

As the tagline of our website suggests, Roger and I are interested in both fiction and music. Roger is an amazing musician, playing bass trombone in a well-known big band and a competition brass band.  His wife and three daughters are exceptional performers as well.

I am not.  Other than playing piano or guitar for the occasional wedding, I don’t perform in public. Just not my thing, primarily because I’m not all that confident in my performing abilities.

What I do, however, is compose.  A lot.  That keeps me behind the scenes, where I prefer to be musically.

I’m not inclined to post my original scores online, because doing so virtually eliminates the possibility of getting them published elsewhere.  (Posting them online constitutes publication, and few music outlets will accept anything that’s already been published, even if it was only on a personal website.)

However, in view of the COVID-19 pandemic, I’m breaking with my usual policy and posting my new song called, naturally, “Pandemic.” I don’t often get upset with opinions that differ from mine, but to me it’s unconscionable that people refuse to take the virus seriously and think their “rights” outweigh the lives of others. So I wrote a song about it. Be warned, this has angry lyrics. If you disagree with their message, they may make you mad.

A note on this version of the score. The song is intended as a rock song, almost but not quite heavy metal. The full arrangement has an acoustic guitar, two electric guitars, electric bass, electric organ, and drums, in addition to piano and voice. To capture all that in a piano/vocal score, the piano accompaniment has to do a lot of heavy lifting. The piano in the full arrangement is actually much simpler to play, but here I want to catch the feeling, in as much as possible, with only piano to work with.

Needless to say, this is copyrighted material intended only for private use.

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I also like to arrange other people’s music.  I recently wrote arrangements of the traditional English ballads “Greensleeves,” “Scarborough Fair,” and “Auld Lang Syne.” Those are posted below.

I wrote a blog with a brief history of those songs, which may be found here:

A Brief History

Although the traditional songs are in public domain, my arrangements of them are not.  They are also  copyrighted .

Click on the titles below to download some of our sheet music:

Auld Lang Syne

Passionate Shepherd

Scarborough

Pandemic

It Ain’t Wrong if it’s Right