“Moon River” is a song composed by Henry Mancini with lyrics by Johnny Mercer.
Lyrics: Moon river, wider than a mile I’m crossing you in style some day Oh, dream maker, you heart breaker Wherever you’re goin’, I’m goin’ your way Two drifters, off to see the world There’s such a lot of world to see We’re after the same rainbow’s end, waitin’ ’round the bend My huckleberry friend, moon river, and me
I call this piece, “The Return” because it makes me think of a stream of water making it’s way down to the ocean and meandering through valleys and rocks. Similar to Smetana’s Moldau… an amazing symphonic piece I highly recommend listening to.
The idea for this piece came from exploring an E major scale harmonized in 6ths. Even when you’re doing exercises that might seem repetitive, you can look for ways to pull out musical ideas that might turn into original pieces.
A jazz classic from 1924, written by Isham Jones with lyrics by Gus Kahn.
Lyrics: It had to be you, it had to be you I wandered around and finally found, that somebody who Could make me be true Could make me feel blue And even be glad just to be sad, thinking of you Some others I’ve seen Might never be mean Might never be cross, or try to be boss But they wouldn’t do For nobody else gave me a thrill With all your faults, I love you still It had to be you, wonderful you It had to be you
I wrote this ballad for my musical and incredible wife on our 5 year anniversary. I love the harmonies in this one… reminiscent of Moon River, The Way You Look Tonight, and Waltz for Debby in the bridge.
It’s fun to discover familiar chord progressions and weave them together while composing your own melody.
This piece is dedicated to my Father. He introduced me to this piece and played it himself in his youth. To me the music exudes cheerfulness and simplicity, two of the most important values I learned from my Dad. Thanks for watching!
I’ve loved this piece ever since I heard it on the Concert by the Sea album by Erroll Garner. A true gem! I’ve been exploring some new techniques, namely lines harmonized in contrary motion and diminished drop 2 chords over dominants. A lot of fun colors to play with!