Here are some tunes I've written using some software called FruityLoops. They're named after the date they were begun, YY_MM_DD. This just in! I've finally named some of the tunes with real names!

That's Where I'm Headed
Surf music with organ, Rhodes, watery, relaxed sound, 100 bpm
Party Like It's 2003
Party music with two saxes, funky bass line, 152 bpm
Mostly rhythm, with bass, kalimba, and some horns, 118 bpm
Col. Kurtz's speech about horror from Apocalypse Now, eerie whistle-like sound, strings, etc. 70 bpm
Orgy at the End of the World
Dark choral music, electronic bassline, voices, drums, 90 bpm
Sweet guitar, cello, flute theme, with french horns and strings filling out the second half, 45 bpm
Movie music for tense hiding and chase theme, strings, eerie whistles, bongos, congas, 99bpm
Wake Up and Be Happy!
Mambo theme "Wake up and be happy!", flute, full rhythm section, horns, vibraphone + steel drums, 130 bpm
When We All Meet Again
Gospel inspired, two pianos, drums, voices, 50 bpm
Oh, Yeah
Hard driving bassline, drums, horns, rhythm guitar, blistering guitar solo, 140 bpm
Like A Well Oiled Machine
Funky, jazzy, groovy, nice bassline, with two saxes, guitar solo, horns, 100 bpm
In The Lights of The City
Jazzy bass, piano, trumpet, sax, dignified, life in the big city, 64 bpm
Movie music for tense, hiding, chase, with fight at end, strings, french horns, tympani, orchestral sound, with metal power guitar at end, 140 bpm
And Filled With Stars
Mysterious, floating, wondrous, harp with strings, cello, french horns, wind chimes, 60 bpm
Look At Me (When I'm Talkin' To You)
Funky, groovy, bassline with horns, guitar, full rhythm section, 119 bpm


Bluesy with bassline, piano, guitar solo, 77 bpm
In Spite of Everything
Optimistic, but with saudade, latin rhythm section, Rhodes piano, congas, steel drums, horns, 107 bpm
Don't You Tell Me You Love Me
Cool house music with French Horns, Trombone, latin rhythm section, Rhodes piano, congas, 140 bpm


Okay, this is something else I've done all my life, but never actually done anything with - music. But one of the good things about working for Starling Films, even though they never amounted to anything, was the realization that I had a large hidden potential as a composer. Somehow, the idea of writing music for movies enabled me to really expand my repertoire.

When I was 8, I took viola lessons at school. I had to be different, couldn't have a violin - too small for me! And not...different enough. Unfortunately, I never imagined that the viola never, ever plays the melody, so the only thing I remember about the recital was playing a bunch of disconnected notes that were supposed to uphold the melody lines being played by the - violins! - but I'm sure whatever we were putting out sounded totally cacophonous.

So when I was 9 or 10, I decided to do a different instrument, a horn, but again I had to be different, and chose the cornet. I don't even remember what became of that.

At 11 or 12, I took up the guitar, electric guitar, some no-name instrument for about $25. Now, there's an instrument you can practice and practice, and not make a lot of noise if you don't hook it up, or if you do hook it up but use headphones. I played all kinds of blues stuff, all the time. I liked Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden for a while, but never tried to play their stuff. Liked Led Zepellin too, but never tried to imitate Jimmy Plant. When I played, it was more like Chuck Berry, but also musicians like B.B. King, or the Allman Brothers. Never much liked Clapton. But Jimi Hendrix! He was the one I played most often, and my favorite album was Band of Gypsies. It's only 6 pieces, but it's got to be the best electric guitar music ever recorded.

Then I got a Gretsch and for a short while I had a band, Flattop and the Devastators. We never played for an audience, but we recorded a couple of tunes. If I can ever find the tape, I'll digitize them and put them in here.

I started playing classical guitar when I was about 25. Got a nice blonde Goya. I learned my first piece by ear, because I couldn't read music very well. After that, I learned to read music well enough to memorize a couple of measures at a time, and learned a dozen or so of the famous pieces by Granados, Torroba, Albeniz, etc., like what Segovia and John Williams play.

But then I got psoriasis, and it made my fingernails all crumbly, making it nearly impossible to play. After a while, other interests took precendence, and now, even though my nails are better, I can only play a couple of tunes by memory, and never seem to find the time to learn the rest that I used to know, much less any new ones.


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