Waltered States Blog
The vow of silence is one of the more attention-getting vows of abnegation one can make. On many occasions, the getting of attention may be the whole point. At other times, a vow of silence may lead to spiritual growth of a yeasty sort. Here’s ((song-link=vow_of_silence)), a new song.
The harsh discipline of musical life under Walt’s repressive regime does not allow us to pursue every possibility a given song might suggest. Here’s a harmony vocal for ((song-link=trouble_on_his_mind)) that didn’t make it into the official sheet music package.
Today we release the video and sheet music for ((song-link=trouble_on_his_mind)), the third track on my ((song-link=songs_sung_sideways)) album. It is a song with some really obvious subtleties — helpful for those who find ordinary subtleties hard to grasp.
Many of the songs I play most are by Long Dead Songwriter, whose body has returned to Nature, and whose works have flown up to join the Public Domain. Here’s a video and free piano arrangement of ((song-name=Alberta)), a song I met through Bill Dobbin, whose birthday is today.
My new song ((song-link=forgotten_dream)) raises some difficult questions. One of them is, “In what style am I written?”
Two weeks have now passed since Walt’s Band was launched and ((song-link=just_the_moon)) was released on May 1. What better time could there be to pause and reflect upon the stately rhythm of Walt’s Wise Plan, whose clock ticks but once a fortnight?
In addition to its primary function of masking baldness, a pianist’s hat serves a myriad of purposes: lending a jaunty air; casting a shadow of mystery; mitigating shortness of stature; providing variation from the naturally dull shape of the head; to name but a few.
((song-link=just_the_moon)) is not a Scott Joplin rag in character, structure or even time signature, but without classic piano ragtime the song probably wouldn’t have existed, and we might not have Travis-style guitar picking, either.
The poet Péguy spoke of a facile writer nonchalantly pulling words “from his overcoat pocket”. ((song-link=over_you)) is the ultimate overcoat pocket song, springing to life fully formed like Athena (though she emerged not from Zeus’ pocket but from a cleft in his skull).