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Roving Blades Bruce and Emmett's Drummers' and Fifers' Guide


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Comment by Wes Merchant on November 11, 2014 at 4:25pm

 This is from Bruce and Emmett's Drummer and Fifers' Guide. I was playing around with Garage Band, its got some rough spots but I kind of like. There are several coo tunes in this book I keep coming to.

Comment by Strumelia on November 12, 2014 at 7:22pm

This is just gorgeous.  The textures are sooo beautiful together.

"Coo tunes"...I think you coined a new term Wes, as this rendition of yours is as lovely as a dove.

Comment by Wes Merchant on November 12, 2014 at 8:06pm

Oops, missed that one, it's a good thing I'm not in the diplomacy business, my typos would cause an international incident for sure. Thanks for you kind words. I'm sure this must have been a song, maybe someone here has come across the lyrics. It's listed in the book as a "slow retreat" but  it kind of feels like a lament to me. I'd like to nominate this as another entry to go on the "not Ashokan Farewell" list :-)

Comment by Ian Bell on November 13, 2014 at 10:07am
What a gorgeous tune - Bits of it sound like the Napoleonic-era song "Broken Hearted I'll Wander" aka "The Bonnie Light Horseman", (which coincidentally turns up as a "retreat" tune in a British fife manuscript that's up here in Ontario)
Comment by Ian Bell on November 13, 2014 at 10:08am
BTW - it IS a coo tune. (there are doves in the song I mentioned)
Comment by Wes Merchant on November 13, 2014 at 5:41pm
That is a mighty song Ian, I have two different versions on my Ipod and can't help but jump in on the chorus when it comes round.
Comment by Wes Merchant on November 13, 2014 at 5:44pm
And yes there is certainly a resemblance in both melody and mood.


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