I am new to this forum, although I've been reading it for years (even back when his website was black & brown). I guess i'm a little like the non-contributing NPR member who calls for the first time :-) I feel like I should have a beer w/ Sandemose! BTW i live in asheville, nc and am a special ed teacher with a wife & 4 year old.
My question is compositional- for me, writing is it. Like most of you, i have spent an enormous amount of time working out melody and harmony issues, particularly with standards. Basically I'm wondering if you guys would give me feedback on some tunes I've written.
For me, composition is looking out the window and playing what you see. Not easy & I'm way down on the ranks. I write in whatever style I feel at the moment- I had to write a Leo Kottke style tune to get my wife (who loves bluegrass) to go out with me. It's called "Meg" on the link below.
With the way my life is right now, there's really not anybody close to me who listens to or appreciates music like Kurt's. He's by far been the biggest influence in my life since I was doing dishes back in 2000 while zhivago was playing. I had to turn the water off and sit down.
I'm going to give a link to a website that has some of my originals on it. I titled this forum Hip Hop b/c that's what I've been writing lately. I'm particularly interested in "layering" bass lines-harmony-melody. Note- these recordings were done live with a "loop station" in my classroom, recorded on the "voice memo" app on my iphone, emailed to myself, and then tweaked a little bit in Logic. They are just sketches, but I sure would like to have another human being comment on them for better or worse.
IMPORTANT- the hip-hop tunes are titled "close" and "my man" when you follow the link. Both are based off of bass lines I heard on through one of my favorite hip hop albums- "The Roots" Do You Want More?!
It's been great reading/listening to you guys all this time,