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It's not every day that you get a chance to jam with the likes of B3 masters Joey DeFrancesco, Doug Riley, Booker T. Jones, along with a keyboardist who may have been Herbie Hancock, the Muscle Shoals Horns, and some of the best percussionists money can buy (didn't bother learning their names, sorry).

At least it's not every day for most people, but these clowns bug me on a daily basis to jam with them, so I finally relented this morning and said, "alright cats, let's play a simple 12-bar blues, only let's make it 19 bars long, with deflections to the chromatic submediant, Neapolitan chord, and so on, keeping it in C all the way through except for the parts that are in other keys whose names I never learned. When it is your turn to solo, I will guide you by manipulating Voodoo (although I personally prefer the spelling, Vodou) dolls dressed up like Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders. Hit a wrong note, and the doll gets a pin stuck in it. Any questions?"

I then fell asleep in a drunken stupor, which always results in a really deep rest, and when I awoke, this jazzy little number is what they left me. I hereby claim it as my own, unless people don't like it, in which case the musicians are a bunch of idiots and I had nothing to do with it.

Photo: The hand of one of my sons, taken at Disneyworld this past December. Can anyone guess where in WDW this was taken?

Tech note 1: This was all done in GarageBand, with much pencil tooling.

Tech note 2: Notwithstanding the silliness in the song description above, it really is based on a 12-bar blues, but with what I hope are numerous unexpected aspects that take it away from that form, including modulations to sometimes remote keys... It starts in C, there's a section in F#, for example, and it ends in Eb.

Tech note 3: The song upload page wasn't working properly when I uploaded this, and I inadvertently ended with multiple uploads of the same track, but the duplicates have now been deleted. If people on my E-mail notification list got four notices of an uploaded track of mine, that's why.
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Uploaded: Jan 07, 2012 - 08:45:52 PM
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PaulaMunk said 2111 days ago (January 7th, 2012)
Yeah,
of course, blame the Italian sausage and peppers you had last night. You may need to see a therapist what with Vodou Cheerleading dolls and Neapolitan C chords all showing up in the same paragraph. I bet you think no one reads these descriptions. Nice one. Thanks.
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composerclark said 2110 days ago (January 8th, 2012)
Thanks
Thanks Char. I have visited literally hundreds of therapists, but they all end up insane after only five minutes with me. I find this daunting, so I now live in an ancient monastery high atop one of the tallest Himalayan mountains, accessible only by a zip line from the top of Mount Everest. Needless to say we are swarmed by tourists on a daily basis, including the cool jazz cats I mentioned above. Mostly I am too deeply immersed in meditation and Old-School video games (e.g., Ms. Pac Man) to interact with said cool jazz cats, but yesterday was different because the other monks banned me from the Old-School Video Game Room because I kept screaming at Ms. Pac Man to hurry up, so when those All-Star musicians showed up I actually had time to jam for once, and the rest, as they say, is disturbing.
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drakonis said 2111 days ago (January 7th, 2012)
Neapolitan Cheerleaders dominating your sub-what?
Perhaps a bit too much tonic, there Clark, and I'm not talking for your hair... Needless to say, given the quirky fun that this music is, it looks like you get to take all the credit for it, since I like it. Now, tell me more about these Vudeux Cheerleaders eating Neapolitan ice cream chords? If I could dream as well as you write music, I'd be comatose... or... something like that. Anyway, I'm not usually hep to jazz, but I'm hep to this!
ttfn,
Drakonis
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composerclark said 2110 days ago (January 8th, 2012)
Thanks
Thanks Eduard, you up-and-coming young composer! Really enjoyed your latest, BTW. This is Hipster Jazz, of the Groovy variety, the kind favoured by Austin Powers and his ilk, but strangely enough, there is no category of that description here at MacJams.

Glad you liked it!
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Alannah said 2111 days ago (January 7th, 2012)
Sweet .....
... "I" like it ....... you had me at VooDoo ....
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composerclark said 2110 days ago (January 8th, 2012)
Thanks
Thanks Alannah. You had me at "I" like it …
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richard13 said 2111 days ago (January 8th, 2012)
Groovy, man;
real groovy. I'm hip to that jive, which makes it your fault. Cool one, daddy-o. Now, slip me some skin ;-)
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composerclark said 2110 days ago (January 8th, 2012)
Thanks
You're rapping my lingo now, bro; you sound like a real cool, laid-back cat! Far out!
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magnatone said 2111 days ago (January 8th, 2012)
Groovy
you're too cool for your shirt (you're also a brilliant musician)
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composerclark said 2110 days ago (January 8th, 2012)
Thanks
Thanks, oh nimble fingered one! I really dig your comment! I had a Peter Max shirt with stars, planets, and moons all over it when I was a teenager; it was far cooler than any shirt I subsequently owned...
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Doug Somers said 2111 days ago (January 8th, 2012)
Glad you jammed!
Catastrophe canyon in the photo?

You're a pencil tooling fiend (not to mention a right fine musician) - this is familiar enough yet has those moments where it wanders into more interesting territory. Surprises - very pleasant ones - around every corner. Thanks for the lesson that there is lots of room in well understood forms to craft new and delightful tunes. F# in C? I would have guessed you were adding tension just from the description but it works so smoothly as a whole piece. Brilliant.

Thanks Clark. A fine listen this morning and I plan to procure a copy....

Doug


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composerclark said 2110 days ago (January 8th, 2012)
Thanks
Thanks Doug. "Catastrophe Canyon" is, I think, correct; at least if that is the name of the place in the Hollywood Studios Backlot Tour where they start fires and dump about a billion gallons of water on the set.

The idea that there is room in well-known forms for further exploration is pretty much at the core of most of the music I write, so I thank you for picking up on that. Cheers!
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Doug Somers said 2110 days ago (January 8th, 2012)
Backlot Tour
Yes, that's the one - where they shake you, dump water, set fire to a truck model and all that.

I find the artwork an interesting choice for the composition. (I didn't hear any musical snippets from "You're all Shook Up", "Light My Fire", or "Raindrops Keep Falling on my Backlot Tour Train Please Keep Your Children Toward the Centre of the Car", so I'll just have to think about the association some more...

I also find it amusing that from the silhouette off the rocks and wires that I recognised the location. Maybe a sad statement about my repetitive visits to WDW.

Doug
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composerclark said 2109 days ago (January 9th, 2012)
WDW
The relationship between the music and the picture is very subtle. So much so, that I have no idea what the relationship is... It was just a nice pic, and I am of the belief that a nice pic, no matter how irrelevant to the song, is better than no pic at all.

As for WDW, we've gone every December for four years, largely because my wife does pop culture research there. She also plans to go to Paris Disney, Hong Kong, and Shanghai... I don't think we'll join her on the last two, but possibly we all might make it to Paris in the next year or two.
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SylviaD said 2110 days ago (January 8th, 2012)
Musicianship
abounds in this one! Blues are always fun to hear, but this one has a jazzy coolness to it that is intriguing! Great! And the description....well that just blew my mind! You are too creative for your own good. i was believing it all until the falling asleep part...
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composerclark said 2110 days ago (January 8th, 2012)
Thanks
TYVM, Sylvia. Yes, the falling asleep part... must change that next story I make up! But your comment is very kind and much appreciated. Glad you enjoyed it!
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Vic Holman said 2110 days ago (January 8th, 2012)
Groovy Hipsters
c to f# to eb....... why thats crazy talk.

none the less this is great. quite a intricate web you have weaved here

brilliant work
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composerclark said 2068 days ago (February 20th, 2012)
Thanks
HUGE APOLOGIES to the next several commenters for not acknowledging your comments sooner! I read and appreciated them all, but the last 6 weeks have been kind of nuts with work, so I'm just catching up with MacJams stuff now, during our reading week.

Thanks, Vic. Crazy talk is the only talk I know... Thanks for your kind words!
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867-5309 said 2109 days ago (January 9th, 2012)
low and behold :
Loring cafe music of choice.
like the congas and their rhythms -
and of course I like the organ !
so much fun using the flat twos and their inversions. it all seems / came-out smooth and non-penciled - hah . . .really - nice groups of conga's three and six - alongside contra duple music - makes it deeper to me.
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composerclark said 2068 days ago (February 20th, 2012)
Thanks
Glad you liked it, and impressed by your detailed comment! I just left comments on your two most recent submissions, which were much enjoyed (and very different from one another!).
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jiguma said 2108 days ago (January 10th, 2012)
Really unexpected
I really like what you've done here Clark. There are bits I recognise from my endless evenings wading through midi loops - there are bits where I recognise the pencil tool has modified these midi loops - and there are many, many more bits where I am totally unable to tell how you've done this. As an avid pencil tool user, I'm most impressed at the way you've melded "real" and "virtual" together to form such a believable whole. I really like the arrangement - you've obviously spent a lot of time on it - especially some of the little stops and timing thingamajigs.

My friend Retro Plien will be inspired by this.

Cheers from Oz,
Neil
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composerclark said 2068 days ago (February 20th, 2012)
Thanks
You have a discerning ear (probably two of them)... Yes, many of the ideas started out as loops, and most ended up being changed in some way using the pencil tool, but a few are unmodified. I have nothing agains the use of loops (obviously; otherwise I wouldn't have done this!), but for me their limitation is that people who work in Garageband can recognize the loops used in other people's songs, and, speaking only for myself, if I find myself recognizing too many of the loops my enjoyment of the song tends to diminish (unless of course the loops are used in some very creative way that I never anticipated). As you know, pencil-tooling, cutting, splicing, and transposing loops can be a very time-consuming process, and I'm actually STILL tinkering with this song... not crazy about the ending.

Thanks very much for your comment.
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egobandit said 2105 days ago (January 14th, 2012)
great pencil
I never pay attention to what key anything is in but I know I like this, I had my coffee and toast to this very soothing and enjoyable!
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composerclark said 2068 days ago (February 20th, 2012)
Thanks
Thanks for having a listen, and glad you liked it.
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Philip18 said 2086 days ago (February 1st, 2012)
Groovy
I like where this goes! Very jazzy feel - I had to put on sunglasses and snap my fingers on the first downbeat as I was listening to this! Much enjoyed. And please say hello to Herbie for me next time you see him - I always enjoyed his work...
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composerclark said 2068 days ago (February 20th, 2012)
Thanks
Thanks! Herbie was okay on this one, I guess, although I had to rein him in a bit on occasion... Every now and then I'd awaken from my stupor and yell, "Herbie! Fewer notes!" and then fall back into a catatonic state.
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kassia said 2069 days ago (February 18th, 2012)
huh?
I can't even speak this language and you slept through the whole thing??? Master of Modulation is what you are. I'm coming to you for lessons. Gotta say this isn't normally my cup of tea, but I enjoyed every moment of this with the perfectly placed percussion and groovy key work. I'd say those cats better feel lucky to be a part of this piece.
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composerclark said 2068 days ago (February 20th, 2012)
Thanks
Thanks for you kind words... Very glad you enjoyed it, especially if it isn't the kind of music you normally listen to.
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paul f. page said 2057 days ago (March 1st, 2012)
The kitchen sink...
That's all that's missing from this really interesting number. What WERE you guys eating, drinking...or smoking? I think I love every single direction this takes. Talk about an improv?! This might be the granddaddy of them. You let everyone shine, and somehow nobody gets lost in the mix. F#? I had to count on my fingers to get that one...and all the time I thought it was Gb. Wow. You are clever...and a GB genius to boot. It must be wild to be in your composition class. Maybe in another life...
Very very much fun, Clark. Bravo.

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composerclark said 2057 days ago (March 2nd, 2012)
Thanks
Thanks Paul, I'm glad you had a chance to hear this. I can't speak to what the musicians were drinking/ingesting, because as everyone knows I slept through the whole thing, but all I know is that when I awoke, there were approximately six months of my life that I could not account for, I was wearing an electronic ankle bracelet because I was apparently under house arrest, and my dog did not seem to know me any more.

I have no doubt that you could teach teach your own composition classes; heck, I'd sign up for one!
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Mosaica said 2056 days ago (March 2nd, 2012)
Jam
Surreal and meandering, just like my thoughts sometimes! This is certainly "hep", like the organ a lot when used like this.
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composerclark said 2055 days ago (March 3rd, 2012)
Thanks
Thanks for your thoughts… Much appreciated!
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Jarvoid said 2045 days ago (March 13th, 2012)
You are as batty as
a bag of fruit bats in a hat box aren't you....come on prof your secret is out you're just out to have fun as well as the rest of us .....confound your stern appearance......this is mucho fun and I enjoyed the intro ....as to tech note 3 I am sorry but that old chestnut won't wash....never ever,not ever try uploading when you are ratarsed.3 sheets to the wind,bladdered or in any other way intoxicated cos that is what it looks like ...there was only one track .....You saw four.....now you're sober again,'kay?

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composerclark said 2045 days ago (March 14th, 2012)
Thanks
Batty? I prefer the term seriously disturbed, but either way, it's true. Glad you enjoyed it!
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Bowman said 2040 days ago (March 18th, 2012)
Whenever
I see Jazz in a description I slowly, maybe not so slowly slink away -
I know so uncool - but knowing something about the composer I chanced the play button and gave this a spin.

I'm glad you gave in to these guys you fit right in wrong notes and all.
Trade you my GI Joe for one of them Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader dolls Clark.
Charlie
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gadzooks said 2009 days ago (April 19th, 2012)
Groovy Hepcats Jam
This is about as cool as it gets. I really like the mix. And Joey is my favorite hammond player ... this was a nice treat this morning. You should drink more if this is what comes out of it.
Cheers
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