24 hour challenge #2

from Marc, 3-751-20, which boils down to:

‘Clay Boy, you never saw
some little old gal
get all hotted up
with one of those mean low-down
Gospel choruses?’

Lines 16-20 of Paris Leary’s “Love Lifted Me.”

This is going to be tough, because clearly this calls for some mimicry, and I have a Shubian shoot tonight. I’m hereby defining “24 hours” as “midnight on the following day.”

I have actually read this poem (my sources for this project are huge thick books; I haven’t read all of them) and love it. It’s a kind of narrative, which suggests to me treating this passage in a kind of operatic way, i.e., accompaniment with loosely fitting vocal line on top.

[If you’re just joining us, here are the instructions for the 24 hour challenge, as well as previous efforts.]

5/22/09, 4:05 pm

24 hour challenge #2, “Gospel Choruses,” for Marc: score [pdf], performance [mp3], bassoon [mp3]

I have to say, I’m pretty pleased with this one. A live performance would have tenutos placed over mean and low-down, but amazingly, those are not built into Finale. They’re not even mentioned in the manual. Incidentally, I am not singing a wrong note on Clay. That’s as written. It just sounds wrong.

By the way, I now have four more challenges. I’ll get to them as soon as I can. Notice I never said that this was a daily 24-hour challenge. I promise I’m not cheating by thinking about these before I post them and set the clock ticking.

One thought on “24 hour challenge #2

  1. Revives my desire for us to work on Eight Songs for a Mad King or CREATE something along those lines to perform…

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