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Arrangements Religious

“The Old Year Now Away Has Fled”

Set to the tune of Greensleeves, “The Old Year Now Away Is Fled” dates to as early as 1642. It was a common practice, then, to set new lyrics to familiar melodies, and Greensleeves, which dates to the 1500s, was a popular melody. The version I present retains the chord structure of the tune, but the melody is new.

It was recorded using GarageBand and its built-in instruments.

Here’s another version:

Most people think of Greensleeves as a Christmas carol, but originally it was a romance: “Alas, my love, you do me wrong, to cast me off discourteously.” (See my version at the bottom of the post.) In 1865, William Chatterton Dix wrote a poem called “The Manger Throne,” and shortly after its publication, someone set three stanzas of the poem to the tune of Greensleeves. “What Child Is This?” remains a popular carol to this day.

“The Old Year Now Away Is Fled” is both religious and festive. Some lines relate the story of Christ, others champion the right of friends to imbibe “good liquor.”

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Open Mic

Open mic – Poor House Bistro, 2/3/2020

New arrangements:

1. The Sparrow, by Paul Laurence Dunbar
2. The Dove, by Paul Laurence Dunbar

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Open Mic

Open mic – Poor House Bistro, 1/20/2020

For MLK Day:

  1. Pride (In the Name of Love), by U2
  2. MLK, by U2

Both songs are featured on U2’s fourth studio album, The Unforgettable Fire, which was released in 1984.

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Open Mic Setlist

Open mic – Poor House Bistro, 1/13/2020

From Three Stories and Ten Poems, some arrangements:

1. Corona (Mitraigliatrice), by Ernest Hemingway
2. Captives, by Ernest Hemingway
3. Old Soldiers Never Do Die Well (Champs D’Honneur), by Ernest Hemingway
4. Chapter Heading, by Ernest Hemingway

NB: Original titles in parenthesis.

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Open Mic Setlist

Open mic – Poor House Bistro, 1/6/2020

1. “War Is Kind,” by Stephen Crane (arrangement)
2. Caesar’s Lament (original)

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Performance Religious

Mountain Bible Church — June 21, 2015

I performed an original song, inspired by the story of the prodigal son, after a sermon I preached on June 21, 2015. My text was Luke 15:1-32.

1. Highways Heading Home

The sermon and song were recorded, but the mix is fairly raw.

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Open Mic Setlist

Open mic — The Ugly Mug (24), March 22, 2011

I debuted three new works at The Ugly Mug in Soquel, California, arrangements of poems that I have been working on lately.

1. A Dream Within a Dream, by Edgar Allen Poe
2. L’Envoi, by Edwin Arlington Robison
3. The Helping Hand, by Edgar Lee Masters

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Performance

Sixth Frederick All-County Orchestra Festival — May 1981

My first instrument was the violin, which I took up in the 5th grade. My first performance was that same year. I played through middle and high school, but only casually afterwards.

If you played at the Sixth Frederick All-County Orchestra in 1981, please email. You can download the mp3 here.

Photos:

When we moved back to California, I played in the orchestra at Black Mountain Middle School. I’m in the first violin section, third chair.
At Black Mountain Middle School, in my second year of violin.