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Mr. Kite Rides Again


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Honestly. This just happened. (You can't think about this stuff too much.) Following on the heels of “Flute Chorale,” this new number maybe begs the question “Why?”. Nevertheless, here it is with a tongue-in-cheek dedication to Ed Hannifin who was yearning for something a little, ahem, edgier.

Mr. Kite is, of course, best known for the treatment John Lennon gave him in his “For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite” on the “Sgt. Pepper” album. I always wondered (and maybe you did, too) what he was talking about in that song, so I looked it up. Apparently, Kite was the very real William Kite who worked in Pablo Fanque’s Victorian circus from 1843 to 1848. Lennon had found a copy of an advertising poster and was taken by the text, all of which he incorporated into his 20th c. song. If you are really curious, you’ll find a great explanation of the whole thing here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Being_for_the_Benefit_of_Mr._Kite!

As for my little creation: I used a bunch of stuff…and pretty much laughed my head off. For some reason, Lennon’s Mr. Kite was the first thing I thought of. Ergo, the concept…and the title. Hope you make it to the end (it’s 5 mins) where there’s a little surprise. … And so, you thought you had me pegged.
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Uploaded: Dec 16, 2012 - 04:41:04 PM
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Ed Hannifin said 1821 days ago (December 16th, 2012)
I NEVER thought I had you pegged...

Having been some days in preparation, a splendid time was guaranteed for all...

One of my neighbors purchased the carousel version of a calliope (sort of the player piano version of a calliope) and has it set up in his house, more or less...

You seem to have captured a bit of that Lennon-requested 'sawdust' on this one yourself...
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Ed Hannifin said 1821 days ago (December 16th, 2012)
...what is this being played on?
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alackbass said 1821 days ago (December 16th, 2012)
Mr. Kite Rides Again
I love that Beatle's track. For years I taught it to my first grade students. It makes for a great reading lessons. Great inferences.

Wonderful piece. Quite unusual when compared to your other posts. Remarkable orchestration. I was applauding at the end too!
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Ed Hannifin said 1821 days ago (December 16th, 2012)
Uh oh.
You guys are both teachers. You're going to do that 'teacher bonding' thing now, aren't you?
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Narad said 1821 days ago (December 17th, 2012)
Mr. Kite Rides Again
Very original, vibrant, living and animated and so well orchestred ! Sometimes I started to feel dizzy.
Applause !
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composerclark said 1821 days ago (December 17th, 2012)
Mr. Kite Flies Off the Page
I know your type alright; you're the "impossible to categorize" type! Oh yeah, I've got you pegged alright…

Well, this is certainly a lot of fun… silly, but somehow elegant at the same time. There appear to be two different claques competing to see which can be most boisterous in their support at the end…

What is the instrument with the "spongey" attack… is it a calliope? It seemed somewhat quiet to me, but I'm only listening through my laptop's speakers, so that could be the reason.
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richard13 said 1821 days ago (December 17th, 2012)
Hard to know what to say
except that you don't surprise me: I am quite confident that you could make ANY kind of music you set your mind to -- and it would be good. I can only join the audience in saying, loudly: Bravo!
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Fire_Angel said 1821 days ago (December 17th, 2012)
Strange stuff.
Yep, a little unexpected though it has your trademark elegance in some of the melodies and orchestration. This will need to be listened to several more times when I get back from the bank.
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Philip18 said 1821 days ago (December 17th, 2012)
Mr Kite
Very cinematic in style. Highly entertaining,. I join those at the end in their applause!
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djdrshaman said 1820 days ago (December 18th, 2012)
for his benefit
I happen to be a big Lennon fan (a psychic told me once that we had access to the same astral entity haha- as I was born on the day that he died) -- you have a great sense of whimsy and story- with an elegant orchestral sensibility. There is a sense of play, and wonder in the discovery of sound arrangements and configurations --- that is very evident in this piece. Sometimes we forget that making music should be ... well, easy as playing.
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DWL said 1819 days ago (December 19th, 2012)
Well, well, well
A great surprise!

Brilliant sounds and so inventive. Full of playfulness and unexpected twists!



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Feter said 1818 days ago (December 19th, 2012)
Mr. Kite
All I can say here is : the theatrical sense on your way of writing is fantastic ,Its not easy to write a piece with emotions and motions ,thanks a lot for sharing !
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Bowman said 1818 days ago (December 20th, 2012)
Well Paul
you've certainly got the category right. This is audaciously OTHER.

Honestly I would never have connected this piece with you. It was both amusing and head scratching and left me smiling and that's a good thing.
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Vic Holman said 1817 days ago (December 20th, 2012)
mr kite
fun & imaginative piece. A splendid time is guaranteed for all
And tonight Mr. Kite is topping the bill
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Jarvoid said 1817 days ago (December 21st, 2012)
My kind of music..........
...I don't know the original song Mr Kite.....(I don't actually like the Beatles of the Sgt Pepper era...sorry I know that's probably a sin)...but this stands up on it's own as soon as you put the words Victorian and Circus together.......hang on going in for another go round....the imagery sums up sawdust ,circus rings ....kitsch and aerial tomfoolery....and there are some subtle Bolero references hither and thither ....intentionally or not.

Encore et Bravissimo.........

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Char said 1817 days ago (December 21st, 2012)
I like it.
It speaks to a very stiff Victorian ethic that presents a circus with a lot of self importance and gravity. I recognized "Bolero", of course. Different is good. Thanks.
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davisamerica said 1816 days ago (December 22nd, 2012)
Never in a box Paul
... you are just a treat to listen to every time. Downloaded this one. Thanks and a very Merry Christmas Paul.
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Doug Somers said 1815 days ago (December 22nd, 2012)
The Unpeggable Mr. Page
Will he fall off the wire/pole/trapeze or won't he? Sounds like a lot of close calls, just to wind up the crowd. And the English horn has a little fun with Bolero - what is that about? - is he or she just improvising whilst all the acrobatics are going on out of boredom, or is it cleverly put in by the composer to see who's really listening?

The end sounds like a fight might break out between the groups of attending enthusiasts. Fortunately it didn't - or at least, not during the part of the fade out I could hear.

I can certainly understand how this would be great fun to put together, and sharing it with us is a treat.

Merry Christmas Paul, and thanks for the early gift!


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sonnyjim said 1808 days ago (December 30th, 2012)
This is good fun (I can see why you laughed while making it), but also a very reasonable piece of music. I enjoyed this a lot!

That swelling/huffing instrument that sounds like a full orchestra string section with a filter on it is a really cool sound, and has a definite Victorian vibe.
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VicDiesel said 1752 days ago (February 23rd, 2013)
This was fun. Snatches of music that always threaten to take off into chaos, but just keep swirling around until the grand closing. I love the atmosphere of this, and that you never feel the need to anchor it with a definite beat.
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Monkaton said 1610 days ago (July 15th, 2013)
On Harry the Horse?
Mr. Kite seems to be enjoying his time with the Henderson. Very cool rendition.
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Ex_Silentio said 1299 days ago (May 23rd, 2014)
Let's go fly a kite
I like Doug's insinuation that the Bolero improv was just to see if anyone was paying attention hahaha. Yes. Atmospheric, playful, and all around wonderful. Maybe you're a bit pegged, I don't know. But if so, you occupy your niche so fully and so masterfully that it can only be taken as a compliment. Depth is usually better than breadth to my way of thinking.
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