When February 1st finally arrived, I was ready to get started on my new Challenge cd. I went right to work, looking up scales and progressions that are used in Russian music. The first Haiku I wrote was in reference to Dostoevsky’s, “The Idiot” —
Myshkin, the Poor Knight, Heart torn between to women, Tragically, lost both
I wanted to use scales that Russians use. I was even able to find pentatonic scales so it would fit in with the confines of Haiku Jazz. I got started right away on chord progressions, using Georgian triads that I also found. Since I have not written progressions in a few years, and haven’t really had to think of transposing, I did all the progressions in my key. I transposed them and a few days later, realized I did it backwards. Are you kidding me? So, I did it all again, in a simpler form. I still feel I will improv my part over the progression. In my mind, it seems like a good idea, I guess we’ll see.
On the 4th, I came down with a nasty cold. I didn’t understand that, as I had just gotten over strep from a week before. I hadn’t been sick in three years then I get a one two punch. And that isn’t the worst part, I also got food poisoning! So, from the 4th to the 8th I was pretty much laid up. I lost some valuable time there, but I am not daunted. On the 9th I got right back to work, with a progression for a Haiku I wrote in reference to “Les Miserables”–
24601, All he did was steal some bread, He is- Jean Valjean
I wanted to start with these two first, I think they are the more difficult ones, due to the research I did on them. Now I am able to get to work some of the other Haiku. I gues being laid up wasn’t a total loss, it did give me time to create another one–
Cafe Barista, A cappuccino in hand, frothy heart on top
I have a couple more I had before I got sick, but I will talk about those as I do them. I still have 5 more Haiku to write, find a couple of musicians to play with me and space to record this in. It could be I do them solo, then go back with other musicians and layer over my part. We’ll see what happens. For now, it is off to my work station to get busy!🙂
Thank you for following along!