|ABOUT THE MUSIC|
Eero's Dream is about the Gateway Arch. I have never seen this monument in person but I have been researching the structure and its meaning since Mr. Jeff Pottinger from Chaminade Preparatory School contacted me to write this piece.
There are some interesting facts that helped me construct the work. For example - the structure is in the form of a Cantilever Arch, the shape that a chain takes when suspended from both ends. If you listen carefully to the piece it takes on what composers call an Arch Form - meaning that the beginning and the end are similar while the middle of the piece rises to an exciting high point.
Another fact that inspired me as I began working on the piece was its size. It is 630 feet tall and 630 feet wide. I used the numbers 6 and 3 to represent melodic intervals so you should notice that there are a number of 3rds and 6ths in the melody. (I used the 0 to represent a step or change of direction in the melody).
If I were to describe a plot line that was the inspiration for the mood of this piece it would be something like this: Imagine standing at the base of the Arch looking up at the top. Then, suddenly you were able to slowly and silently lift from the ground and view the Arch from any angle or height. This piece is about that imaginary trip. Floating, circling, viewing - EXHILARATION at the top - and settling back to the ground with a new perspective and respect for the structure and the men who built it.
So now, I ask you - What does Eero have to do with any of this? Email me at email@example.com and I will post your comments "Blog Style" on this page.
Here are a few concepts or tips that will help you get the concept the way I want it.
DRUMS Use bundled rattan sticks like the
Pro Mark Cool Rod or Lightening Rod Sticks. Also - please PRACTICE WITH THE AUDIO FILE!
UPDATE 11/13/07 DRUMS AND RHYTHM SECTION
Paaaahhhllllleezzzzze listen to the Eero's Dream rhythm-section-only and drums-only-audio files. Everyone needs YOU to have this tune "in your heads"! I can't wait to "dig-in" to this new piece but first I need you to LISTEN as much as you can. Put it on yout IPod, Sleep with it - live with it - "be the music" - EAT IT FOR BREAKFAST :) - (whatever...) But listen as much as possible.
Thanks a bunch!
SYNTH Look for a Warm Pad on your Synth - General Midi Number 90 or 91.
SOLOISTS I uploaded and audio file that has a loop of the chord changes.
For a worksheet on Improvisation please click the following link. I it is a tutorial on improvising within one key center. It is worth the read as it will give you some great insight on the approach to improvising on this tune.
Eero's Dream Improvisation Tips
You will also find the Following worksheet very helpful when preparing St. James Infirmary. It discusses Tonal Gravity in a minor key.
St James Infirmary Tips for The Improviser
UPDATE 11/13/07 DIRECTORS AND STUDENTS - VERY IMPORTANT
I neglected to tell everyone that you only need to learn the first 3 choruses of this tune! If chorus 3 is too hard then we will just do chorus 1 and 2 and the ending. I will spend time teaching the "Laws of Tonal Gravity" to everyone with this tune - trust me - it will be cool!!!
STUDENTS AND DIRECTORS - DOWNLOAD BLOOZAPALOOZA HERE
GUITAR PART - EARTH SONG
Click here to download the Earth Song Guitar part
SYNTH PART - ST JAMES
Click here to download the St James Synth Part
Keep checking back I will add to this as new questions come up. Don't be afraid to send a shout my way. It will make the short time we have together much more enjoyable.
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|Eero's Dream - Full Performance Audio|
|Eero's Dream - Rhythm Section Play Along|
|Eero's Dream - Solo Section Play Along|
|Eero's Dream - Drum Set Play Along|
|Earth Song - Practice Track|
|Saint James Infirmary|
|St James Infirmary - Solo Practice Track|
|Commissioned by the 2007-2008 St. Louis, Missouri Metropolitan District Eight Middle School Jazz Ensemble|
Dear Students and Directors:
I am looking forward to my visit and opportunity to work with you as emerging Jazz Masters and on the creation of this new work. I cannot express how grateful I am for this opportunity. As you know, composer's greatest joy is to bring a new idea to life with great musicians and I am certain that this premier will fulfill that promise!
I have created some play-along audio files that you listen to above. Since this is a very new piece there may be a few things that you will need to hear first. I hope that you will take the time to practice with these files. It will make the time we are together much more productive and you will enjoy the performance a great deal more. By listening and practicing to these tracks you will go into the rehearsal ready to make music rather than waiting for me or your directors to correct missed notes or style.
I have done this type of guest conducting many times before and the best experiences are the ones that have the most prepared musicians.
If you have any questions or problems accessing the tracks feel free to email me firstname.lastname@example.org