MUSIC ROOM – Chaminade Bicentennial Special 2018

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To celebrate our founder of the Society of Mary or Marianists, I am listing four songs; two with voice part or lyrics and two instrumental.  The songs were picked to emphasize gifts that Father William Joseph Chaminade saw that the Marianist Family should cultivate; Interior Is The Essential in the piece “From the Inside Out“, Mary in the piece “How Wonderful You Are“, Reflection in the piece “My King And My God“, and Joy in the piece “Free Space“.

I have given the MP3 files for the Music and the PDF files for the Song Sheets to these pieces.

The first selection called From The Inside Out is a more sensitive piece hopefully revealing the feelings of the composer, revealing the inside, or the interior – the soul.  Hopefully this piece accomplishes this.  The piece interplays between the cello and the oboe with piano accompanying.

From The Inside Out

The second selection called How Wonderful You Are is a reflection on Mary, Mother of God, during her later years on her life.  Similar to the Magnificat, but not quite.  But then, I’ll let you reflect on her words yourself.

Mary’s Song piano & voice

The third selection called My King And My God is from the Psalms with the oboe playing the voice part and Soft Pad accompanying.  The piece allows the listener to reflect on the titles of God beginning with this Psalms title, King.

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The last selection called Free Space is played by the guitar and is a joyful piece.  If you don’t feel joyful at the end of this piece then you will have to keep looking elsewhere.  The fingering may be a little challenging.

Free Space

I hope you have enjoyed my selections to celebrate Chaminade Bicentennial, but don’t wait until the next 200 years, listen now!

 

MUSIC ROOM – January 2018

!WELCOME…

…to my MUSIC ROOM. 

Featured here are my latest music compositions for the period posted.

I enjoy writing for various musical instruments and the different combinations like string ensembles and with a variety of themes from inspirational to classical.   Lately I have been composing for piano, cello, and tenor recorder, simply because those are the instruments played in our Music Composers Group (MCG), consisting of a Concert Pianist, a Cellist, and a Tenor/Soprano Recorder.

The present selection are all voice and piano compositions with assorted instruments filling in for the voice part.

Here are my latest selections of music, Enjoy!

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For music go to: www.shortandlongstories.net

 

The fist selection is called: Peace At The Last.  The words to this song were found in “The Marianist Family Prayer Book” edited by Bro. Donald Boccardi, SM in 2001, at the back of the book in Section “VI Various Prayers”.  The prayer was written by John Henry Newman called “Peace at Last”.  I felt that the oboe for the voice part would be appropriate.  The song repeats.

Here are the words:

May he support us all the day long, Till the shades lengthen and the evening comes and the busy world is hushed and the fever of life is over and our work is done – Then in his mercy – May he give us a safe lodging and a holy rest and peace at the last.

 

The second selection is called: Morning Prayer from Africa.  The words to this song is also found in the above mentioned prayer book, same section, but the author is unknown as far as I could ascertain.  The music is a little jazzy to fit the interpretation, that is why I have chosen the oboe to play the voice part.

O God, you have let me pass the night in peace, Let me pass the day in peace wherever I may go upon my way which you made peaceable for me.  O God, lead my steps.  When I have spoken, keep lies away from me.  When I am hungry, keep me from murmuring.  When I am satisfied, keep me from pride.  Calling upon you, I pass the day, O Lord, who has no Lord.

 

The third selection is one of my own lyrics, called: In The Silence Of The Night, reflecting on my own prayer experiences.  I will wait until I have the singer before I post the words.  The melody is in three parts.  The melody to the  first part repeats.  The melody to the second part descends in staircase fashion but follows a 5-3-4-2-3-1 pattern.  The melody in the third part, which repeats, mimics the second part by descending, but follows a 5-7-3-5-1-3 pattern.  The first melody ends the piece with repeat.  The cello plays the voice part.

 

The last selection is called: Brown Spring.  The lyrics were written by my friend Johanna Humphrey in 1960 in a separate selection of hers.  I promised to write a song using her poems, and this piece keeps that promise.  The oboe plays the voice part in this piece.

I saw a topaz flo’r this morn, when airy puffs rough jostled at its stem.  I hear the minstrels of God’s sky this day,  A Paean, a full throat-ed hymn!  I felt a starkness unfoiled trees at noon, their wind beat coats were being sun-washed down, a single green of grass in solitude made contrast with the earth still brown.

I tasted nectar sweetened breaths of dew, which ran diffusely into hidden rills, I sensed that earthly smell of growing newness, that soon will penetrate the ancient hills.  I knew cruel Frost would abdicate her throne; her chilly fingers gathered up her gown; beneath the shroud which velvet evening brings, she left behind the earth still brown.

 

I hope you have enjoyed my music.  Please visit this site again where I try to post new music every month or so.

Thank You!

ART GALLERY – January 2018

Welcome to my Art Gallery!

In this presentation are my latest paintings and drawings.

These series contain a variety of subjects and media and technique.  I hope you enjoy them!

The first selection called Fawn is drawn first with ink and then the main subject is colored with pastel pencil.  This style seems to be very popular lately, where I believe because the main subject starkly stands out from the background.  The most important part of any animal are the eyes.  Get them wrong and the whole portrait is lacking.

I was very tempted to draw in the grass, since the color is a beautiful shade of green in early spring.

The initial size is 12 x 18 in.  Normally I like to use 10 x 14 in. since it is easier to frame.

Fawn

 

The second selection called Musick Chapel Statue (Memorial) is located on Seminole Island on Indian Lake, Ohio.  Yes, his name is Mr. Musick who had this chapel build as a memorial for his daughter.  I have never seen it used since living here at the Lake for over three years now.  This is the picture of the statue in front of the building, which is rather large and can be used as a music hall for recitals.  I am hoping to use the building myself in the future just for that purpose.

The drawing was first done in ink and then colored using watercolor.  I like watercolor for the delicate play of the shadows in the windows and the leaves of the tree in front of the statue.  The picture was drawn on 12 x 18 inch paper.

Musick Chapel Statue

 

One can take a bike ride around the lake, but most of the roads go through farm country, like this old barn that I sited driving back from the gas station.  In this third selection, called Indian Lake Barn,  I painted in watercolor on 10 x 14 in. paper, and made great use of layering or washing the painting to get a darker color.  Layering or washing a painting gives the artist greater control of the subject.  The sky with clouds is done by laying the blue sky color first and then dropping plain water in a pattern.  The blue color retreats away from where the droplets are placed leaving the white of the paper behind.

Indian Lake Barn

In the fourth selection, Green Heron, was done in watercolor on 10 x 14 in. paper.  Most of the watercolor paper that I use is “Arches Watercolor Block”, since warping or wrinkling is kept to a minimum when using a block of paper.

In painting the feathers, I waited until the blue and the brown color was dry and painted in the pattern using opaque white.

Green Heron

 

The last selection that I want to end with is painted in watercolor, The Purple Fringed White Iris.  I painted this on an Artists’ Retreat in the foothills of Zanesville, Ohio.  The purple frill around the Iris was created by wetting the individual petals of the flower first and then dropping in the color, which is called “Wet on Wet” technique.

White with Purple Trim Iris

 

Thank You for visiting my Web-Site.  Hope you enjoyed my paintings as much as I have drawing them!