Life According to Piano

How to write a long song

Have your opening theme (aka A theme) encompass 64 measures. Play something else (aka B theme), a mere 32 measures. Repeat A, every single note of it. Repeat B, twice. Repeat A, with a few new notes. Create a Coda. This is aiming for 300 measures.

(On the other hand, the measures do go by fast.)

Copy/paste is a brilliant invention, there’s no doubt about that.

I forgot! or, Not much happens

The only CD left to notate: Drivin’! I had four of them notated before, although I don’t yet have permission to publish my arrangement of Gershwin’s superb Summertime, so that one isn’t up. After resting my brain a bit from the slog through How Hope Became Love, I decided a couple of days ago that I had better get back to notating.

So, I chose the easiest piece left from Drivin’! and started in. Notes were easy to get: it’s about small-town life and as we all know, not much happens in a small town. SO, not that many different notes! Which equals easy notation. (Rhythm was a touch more complex, but there was a lot of repetition in that as well.)

But in my month off from putting out sheet music, I totally forgot how I get from my score in Sibelius to something downloadable! The publishing part. Happily, Neucart makes it very easy & I was able to remember all the steps, after a while.

This is a rambling way of saying that Blue Paradise is now available as sheet music. If a solo piano piece can be said to be about something, Blue Paradise is about:

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