Last year I wrote “Horsefly Rag” for my friend Mike Funt, who is as far as I know a world-famous clown. At least that’s what his letters from his Asian tour indicate.
He finally got around to thinking about using the piece, now that he’s famous in Tokyo and all, and, as I thought all along, we need to add more to it to make it a viable clown piece. I had actually left an entire measure rest in there specifically for the purpose of inserting another segment before the big finale.
He felt that as well, but also wanted an introduction to bring us into the piece, or in his words, “As though the fly is just waking up and kind of stretching [and] moving into his day.” He suggested the opening of Rhapsody in Blue as something that would please him.
With that in mind, here’s our first pass at the opening:
Horsefly Rag, now with intro | mp3