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    My Daily Flute Repertoire Go-Through List

    One of the issues I face is TIME. It takes time to work up and then keep repertoire perform-able, and, never knowing what I’m going to be asked to play, I have to keep them all in the pipe (quite literally when one plays the flute). Added to that is all the foot switching required when you use electronic effects, and that’s the part that I usually skimp on — always a mistake. Invariably, it’s the stuff I skimp on that comes back to bite me, because that’s sure to be the piece or pieces that Forrest will decide he wants us to work on, or even record and video. And, of COURSE, if he wants to do a live recording session, it’s guaranteed that I’ll have neglected to cut my hair and look something of a disheveled urchin. (Of course.)

    It takes a lot of time and meticulous attention to the electronics to set up for a live recording session. Because of Forrest’s driving schedule this winter, which has been as brutal, the roads having been the worst winter driving ever in Alberta and, especially, British Columbia, we just haven’t had the time to do any more live recording/video sessions. I know that it’s coming, though, so, below, I’ve pasted the list of my daily repertoire practice.

    Some of these are really simple to play …until you add in messing about with the stomp boxes. Some of them, of course, are rhythmic nightmares for me, some just a torture of finger snarls. But all of it is tough when trying to keep my eyes on both music and the switches I have to hit just a millisecond before the effect(s) is or are is supposed to kick in.

    In classical playing, one keeps a goodly amount of pieces worked up — about a hundred-and-fifty or so. With the stuff we play, though, I’m lucky it’s only about fifty-some, right now. Here’s my daily task: (And, yes, some of these are already recorded and videoed, but I didn’t feel like editing the list, because, honestly, I still have to keep up the ones we’ve already recorded.)

    1. Alone Again Or
    2. Another Brick in the Wall/Goodbye Blue Sky
    3. Aqualung
    4. Baby I Love Your Way
    5. Beth
    6. Black Hole Sun
    7. Black Magic Woman
    8. Bungle in the Jungle
    9. Carry On Wayward Son
    10. Cheap Sunglasses
    11. Closer to the Heart
    12. Cross-Eyed Mary
    13. Dog Breath Variations
    14. Duetto
    15. Dust in the Wind
    16. Eye of the Tiger
    17. FM
    18. Fooling Yourself
    19. Hold Your Head Up
    20. Hotel California
    21. Icarus
    22. Idiot Bastard Son
    23. In Memory of Elizabeth Reed
    24. JS Tull Medley
    25. Lazy
    26. Let’s Make the Water Turn Black
    27. Let’s Move to Cleveland
    28. Light My Fire
    29. Living in the Past
    30. Locomotive Breah
    31. Long Distance Run Around
    32. Marqueson’s Chicken
    33. Mission Impossible
    34. Money
    35. More Than a Feeling
    36. My Favorite Things
    37. Never Been Any Reason
    38. Norwegian Wood
    39. Nothing Else Matters
    40. Oh No
    41. Oye Como Va
    42. Peaches in Regalia
    43. Porgy & Bess
    44. Roundabout
    45. Roxanne
    46. Scarborough Fair/Sounds of Silence
    47. She’s Not There
    48. Siciliano
    49. Sing or the Day
    50. Summertime
    51. Time of the Season
    52. Uncle Meat
    53. Waltz in A Minor
    54. Walking on the Moon
    55. Watermelon in Easter Hay
    56. What’s New in Baltimore
    57. Woman in Love

  • flute,  musician,  semi-pro

    The Upbeat Man and the Downbeat Woman

    (link to lossless flac file is below)

    My husband is a rock musician. Through and through. Ask him to play anything ‘rock’, blues, even jazz, and he’s all over it. Ask him to play something more folk or classical, and he begins to suffer. He’s an upbeat man. I’m a downbeat woman. I look for the beat. He looks for the ‘and’ between the beats. Trouble brews. Always.

    Most of what we play …because that’s what he arranges …is classic rock — stuff written to emphasize the upbeat. And, of course, I play it like the downbeat woman I am …which makes for lively sessions with husband waving his hands in the air, singing out the upbeats. (I’d love to catch him on video doing that, but, well, that’s not going to fly. He’d be giving me his Beethoven impersonation. You know, stormy eyebrows?!)

    Anyway, we did manage to get In Memory of Elizabeth Reed laid down, so, here, in all its upbeat glory, despite the downbeat woman on flute, is the audio of the culmination of today’s efforts.

    For those who have the capability to play flac files, which are better sounding than .mp3s because they’re lossless, here’s that file:

    For those only capable of handling .mp3s, here’s that one:

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    An Epic Session Despite Residual Effects

    Nothing Else Matters

    Residual effects from recording our video tribute to Chris Cornell still plaguing me, namely an ear-worm that’s been playing itself over and over in my head for a solid week, we set up for recording again, this time to record Forrest’s arrangement of Metallica’s Nothing Else Matters.

    Nothing Else Matters has special significance for Forrest and I. It’s our love song, describing in music and words, how we feel about one another and, truly, about life with each other …and life in general, too. The music evokes the kindled essence of who and what we are to each other, to life, and to ourselves. The lyrics express our attitude, feelings, and perspective about life, others, society, and, yes, even the core of our love to and for one another. It’s our song in a lot of ways, far beyond normal significance.

    Enough of all that stuff, though. Back to the session.

    Because it’s rock, we keep it strictly in time to its intended tempo, recording under headphones to a click track …which makes it a bit of a trick, because intonation (staying on pitch) on the flute requires subtle adjustments, note by note on the fly …which requires both ears listening. To complicate things, the flute has delay (sometimes called echo) on it in places, and, later, both the guitar and the flute are under heavy distortion, the guitar chunky, the flute gritty and reedy. For me, this makes performing it a careful thing, because I must compensate accordingly for the signal lag that happens to the flute under distortion patches.

    Add to that, in this session, my red light fright made my back and neck rigid with tension. Halfway through, it felt like I had knives or, maybe, ice picks, stuck, both, in the back of my neck and in my lumbar region — nasty, piercing, metallic sensations that worsened with the most subtle movement. By the end of the session, I was greedily, needily eyeing a bottle of pain killers, something I rarely ever take, no matter what. I managed to finish the session without resorting to chemical numbing, but just.

    A few stretches, bends, and deep breathing techniques cleared the problem within minutes once I fled the studio, escaping outside into the night, there to assuage my taut nerves with gentle darkness and kind evening breezes. Then came the sound.

    Session done, Forrest had opened up the studio windows and was playing the recording. It filtered out into the night and, listening, I felt awed. That was us!  From a distance, It sounded epic, and that’s saying something for a flute and guitar duo of a song that brings me, a woman who doesn’t cry, to the brink of tears.

    “Nothing Else Matters”

    So close no matter how far
    Couldn’t be much more from the heart
    Forever trusting who we are
    And nothing else matters

    Never opened myself this way
    Life is ours, we live it our way
    All these words I don’t just say
    And nothing else matters

    Trust I seek and I find in you
    Every day for us something new
    Open mind for a different view
    And nothing else matters

    Never cared for what they do
    Never cared for what they know
    But I know

    So close no matter how far
    Couldn’t be much more from the heart
    Forever trusting who we are
    And nothing else matters

    Never cared for what they do
    Never cared for what they know
    But I know

    I never opened myself this way
    Life is ours, we live it our way
    All these words I don’t just say
    And nothing else matters

    Trust I seek and I find in you
    Every day for us something new
    Open mind for a different view
    And nothing else matters

    Never cared for what they say
    Never cared for games they play
    Never cared for what they do
    Never cared for what they know
    And I know

    So close no matter how far
    Couldn’t be much more from the heart
    Forever trusting who we are
    No nothing else matters