Monday, 31 January 2011

Rain on the Avenue

Hello everyone :)

I know that I haven't given you much music recently, so here's a song that I wrote and performed for my harmony coursework...

The requirements were to write a piece of diatonic music, whilst trying to fit in some of these features...

7th chords
Secondary dominants
Tritone Substitutions (didn't manage this one)

It's called 'Rain on the Avenue'...please let me know what you think! :)


TTFN
xxxxx

P.S - There are some more originals in the pipeline, but I have a cold at the moment so can't record them. :( Doh.

18 comments:

Larry said...

Hmmm... Fist of all, I have no idea what the 'requirements' meant, lol. The song is very good, classy and sophisticated, maybe. Something in it strikes a chord of difference but, I cannot say just what that is.

Nice work. It reminded me a bit of 'The Girl From Ipanema' for some reason, lol. Go figure.

me said...

Lol at Larry ~ My thoughts exactly!! Great minds think alike ;-)
This is so gentle and relaxing ~ well done H :)

xenonrush said...

Amazing. I thought 'The Girl From Ipanema' too.
Lovely. I feel that the music doesn’t suffer from not having any Tritone Substitutions in it. It's so good to be reminded of the great range of singing styles they you can encompass. It’s great music to listen to whilst I type comments into a blog and I was getting desperate for a ‘Holly fix’. What feedback did you get from the course work, or is the tutor keeping quiet while they try to sell it to iTunes on the sly.

Kestrel said...

You did great.. beautiful song. You did the style just right.

Trevor said...

Hello Holly , sorry about the cold , I hope you're feeling a little better this evening . I really liked the song and , like Xeno , would be interested how your tutors rated it .

The only thing I would have added would have been some of that lovely double tracking with your own voice over the chorus that you do occasionally ; I love that :)

mercury said...

Oh Holly, hier in Deutschland ist es bitterkalt Da tut es so gut, ein solches Lied zu hören. Leichtfüßig und verspielt tanzt es die Straße entlang - wie ein träumendes Kind - hinein in die zarte Melancholie einer blauen Stunde.

D.N.H. said...

When I just sit back and listen to the music, the bossa nova style of this song makes me think of the warm nights and sunny climates I normally associate with that kind of music. But the lyrics talk of cold rains and grey wintry days, making for an interesting contrast. I like it.

H said...

Hellooo everyone! :)

Thank you very much for your lovely comments - I'm really pleased that you like it! :)

I got 78% for the piece which I'm rather pleased about. :D It was fun to write this song...it's just what I can see from my window - I see people walking past all the time, which is quite cool - very different from home.

xxxxx

Larry said...

:)

Trevor said...

That's a great score at the beginning of your university degree , Holly ~~ well done you ! Though how they break it down into such seemingly precise percentages beats me . You certainly like your people watching , don't you ?

PS I'm the old man with the flat cap and two tone brogues who's trying to look nonchalant :)

H said...

Hehe. Thank you Trevor. :) - I certainly do like my people watching! - And if I saw a nonchalant looking gentleman in two tone brogues and a flat cap then I'd most certainly write a song about him! :) He sounds most dignified. :)

xenonrush said...

I'd watch out for a "nonchalant looking gentleman in two tone brogues and a flat cap" hanging round university accomodation. I bet he's got a telescope in his pocket.

me said...

That'd be because he was looking for ships then would it Xeno ;)

I would watch out for the 'undercover' ducks on that pond H ~ you never know what they could be hiding under their wings!

xenonrush said...

Looking for ships in Guildford with a telescope!!!! Would have to be an amazingly powerful one. Better to use Google then he could find Ye Olde Ship Inn on Portsmouth Road.

Larry said...

Portsmouth, VA.?

Chris said...

Just having another listen to this. It's so soothing it almost soothed me to sleep on my keyboard.

DONALD said...

WHAT GREAT SONG FROM ONE HOLLY MANY PERSONALITIES .I CAN HEAR Diana Krall SING THIS SONG ,IF I DID KNOW BETTER I WOULD THINK SHE WROTE IT !!! THAT GREAT COMPLIMENT

crazy rolling train is great radio hit can not wait for more

Nick O Larse said...

What a lovely laid-back soulful feel this song has! I love it. I can hear seventh chords and secondary dominants, but I wouldn't recognise a tritone substitution if it slapped me round the face!