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November 30, 2014
Old Time Blues Baby Elephant Boogie... Henry Mancini Sorcerer's Boogie Give the Kid a Break Sorrowful Blues... Bessie Smith
We all know that Henry Mancini wrote Baby Elephant Walk, and the Baby Elephant Boogie is based on THAT song. However, this is so much more uptempo in comparison that I claim it is a unique arrangement. Besides, I made two glaring performance mistakes that defy logic. The song was only included because those two young men had such a creative and spontaneous "pogo dance" that I had to share the video with everyone on youtube.
Henry Mancini was one of the great composers of the 20th century. Along with Burt Bacarach, The Beatles, Elvis, Irving Berlin, Hank Williams and a few others he defined a new music. Each composition is a type of mathematical proof, where every line contributes to the form of the whole. If the song is a common folk song, it is a proof that we have seen many times before, with perhaps a unique or clever substitution. But original and memorable composers seem to invent an entire new world of music in much the same way as a novel mathematical concept leads to an entirely new branch of mathematics. For me, Henry Mancini is one of these types of composers. His music stands unique and unchallenged defining an entire world that no one else has. Peter Gunn, Baby Elephant Walk and many others have become immortal.
When my father was still alive he started playing Baby Elephant Walk on his electric keyboard. He found an instrument patch that he could make sound like an elephant trumpeting. He got much amusement playing Baby Elephant Walk for people and making his keyboard trumpet like an elephant. When I heard it, I was slightly disappointed that he used the "canned" bass rhythm in the keyboard and not the authentic bass line. So I undertook to learn Baby Elephant Walk. It took me about five years to learn to play the song so that I could improvise a melody without losing the rhythm or tempo of the left hand. Occasionally I can play the song flawlessly, but you will have to take my word for that.
One of the great joys of playing music is seeing children spontaneously and enthusiastically dance to the music with genuine enjoyment and abandon. In my childhood there was no dancing and no singing. There was no joy. We were always well behaved or we got punished. To this day, I cannot sing or dance very well. One of the reasons I love Boogie Woogie music is that it is the happiest music on earth. You cannot listen to Boogie Woogie music without wanting to dance and be happy. It is always a special gift to help others enjoy life and be happy.
00:00 Opening 00:15 Black Orpheus - Louis Bonfi 04:07 The Days of Wine and Roses - Henry Mancini 07:10 Green Dolphin Street - Kaper and Washington 10:10 The Girl From Ipanema - Antonio Carlos Jobim 13:25 God Bless the Child - Billie Holiday 17:10 Here's That Rainy Day - Jim Van Heusen 20:57 Meditation - Antonio Carlos jobim 24:39 Misty - Errol Gardner 28:41 Night and Day - Cole Porter 31:51 The Shadow of Your Smile - Johnny Mandel 34:43 Yesterday - Lennon and McCartney 37:31 All of Me - Simons and Marks
00:00 Four Seasons 03:17 Downtown Blues 06:01 The Grandmother Song 12:15 The Dark Song 17:07 Dream Song 23:34 Irish Song 25:25 Goodtime Boogie 29:08 Moonbeams 32:44 I'm Sorry Again 37:25 Four Down Boogie 39:12 Give the Kid a Break 42:48 Homecoming 49:41 Old Time Harmonica Blues
00:00 Introduction 00:19 Four Seasons 02:06 Downtown Blues 06:03 Grandmother Song 13:30 Up and Over Blues 17:34 St. James Infirmary Blues 22:30 Green Onions 25:46 Give the Kid a Break 30:00 Cowboy Blues 34:22 (dissertation on boogie woogie piano) 36:06 The Natural Boogie Woogie 39:31 Stormy Blues 44:52 Folsom Prison Blues 48:26 Anabel Lee 51:23 Back in the Saddle Again
00:00 Four Seasons 02:50 Downtown Blues 06:32 The Grandmother Song 13:06 The Natural Boogie Woogie 16:17 Island Song 19:57 Old Time Harmonica Blues 24:41 I'm Sorry Again 28:17 Four Down Boogie 30:23 Give the Kid a Break 34:17 Flea Bag Boogie 37:58 St. James Infirmary 41:50 Green Onions 44:23 Lonesome Cowboy Blues
Original blues improvisations. copyright (c) 2012 William A. Schaeffer
00:00 Four Seasons 03:46 Love Theme from Meaning of Life 06:57 Old Time Harmonica Blues 11:02 The Natural Boogie Woogie 14:51 Lieh-Tzu's Dream 18:00 Four Down Boogie (interrupted) 18:55 I'm Sorry Again 23:01 St. James Infirmary 27:11 Stormy Blues 31:47 The UnNatural Boogie Woogie 34:23 Old Time Harmonica Blues
Recorded as part of the Street Pianos LA festivities in March and April of 2012. This recording was made at a piano sponsored by Homeboy Industries. The piano was located at Plaza de la Raza Cultural Center for the Arts and Education.
00:00 All Blues 03:42 Train Horn sound 04:25 I've been working on the Railroad 06:30 Alley Cat 08:47 Are You Lonesome Tonight 11:17 Baby Elephant Walk 14:08 Besame Mucho 17:23 ...talking with Albert... 18:00 Black Orpheus 22:00 Blue Moon 23:33 By the Time I get to Phoenix 26:03 Can't Help Falling in Love with You 28:35 Caravan
I don't think most people realize that when I made this recording I was near broke, and did not own a piano. I lost my career, my condo, my savings, and my professional life in the stock market crash of 2008. I had to sell my piano and move.
Sometimes, I could not find a piano to practice on for two or three months. I went to music stores, churches, schools and restaurants to try and find an available piano. Most public pianos in Los Angeles are guarded fiercely by bitter middle aged clerks.
When the street pianos LA was announced it was like a miracle from heaven. NOW I had a place that I could practice piano.
I took an old video camera and audio recorder along to document the events. Half the time, some technical problem ruined the recording. This recording is mono, because there was a loud BUZZ noise in the left channel.
Generally the experience, however, was fantastic. It was fun to go to new locations of the city that I had never been before. I always met friendly people and occasionally some angry people. I got to see a lot of fabulous piano art work and that was really special. I love these painted pianos!!! I got to play on a lot of broken down piano mechanisms and that was really challenging.
On this recording day, I met a couple other musicians and we jammed "off camera." The birds and the train were just coincidental fun. I love those birds.
I love playing piano when the birds start to sing. It is almost like we are making music together. The birds in this park had some amazing vocalizations and I never even saw what kind of birds they were. They were nesting in a huge dark tree with dense foliage right at the edge of the lake. I went back to play piano at the same park a month later and someone had cut the whole tree down.
When I had a piano in my condo I use to play on my lunch hour. I had noticed then that birds are more likely to sing along if I play in the key of E major. But those birds were sparrows, or some little birds, and I have no idea what these birds were.
I love the California Mocking Bird. Those little birds have some of the most amazing and musical vocalizations I have ever heard. I swear that they are communicating and that they know how to count.
I have never ending fun while walking outside by trying to imitate the California Mocking birds with whistling. When I hear one, I start whistling and see if we can establish a "conversation." Occasionally one will get very agitated and animated. I would love to compose a piece of music where all the melody lines were based on music transcriptions of California Mocking Bird vocalizations.
It took me forever to find this piano and at one point my GPS took me out to the middle of a forest preserve (seriously). But with persistence, and many U-turns I found a parking space AND the correct alley where this beautiful piano was found.
00:00 Intro 00:22 Downtown Blues 02:20 Grandmother Song 07:28 Natural Boogie Woogie 10:02 Black and white Photographs (Memories) 15:22 Up and Over Blues 17:46 Give the Kid a Break 19:55 Thirty Two Tons 23:22 Old Time Blues 28:39 Twelfth Street Tango 31:56 Homecoming 38:50 Crazy Sixth Boogie
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It was a beautiful summer day and we were both unhappily unemployed. In fact, at the time, 30% of the men in USA America were unemployed according to Harper's Index, but that fact was not reported by any news media.
Mark was always enthusiastic about the piano and that afternoon he asked me to play a song. I had my recorder set up and one thing led to another. We recorded this entire CD without even intending to make a recording. It was a beautiful day.
00:00 1. Beautiful Day 00:43 2. St. Mark's Infirmary 03:52 3. House of the Falling Star 07:41 4. Wake up in the Water 10:53 5. Down Hearted Blues 15:11 6. Rocked Out Boogie 16:36 7. Old Horse Blues 20:27 8. No Name Boogie 24:22 9. Twelfth Street Tango 28:05 10. Mirror to Yourself 29:08 11. Mysterious Coincidence 30:22 12. Psychotropic Clown Dance 32:41 13. Dissolution Boogie 34:23 14. Calling My Name 36:49 15. Thirty Per Cent Blues