You Don’t Bring Me Flowers was really the song that got Corina into singing, at the suggestion of her father. It was a song they played together for a few years before he passed away.
We played this a few times at our 2014 International Guitar Camp and I never felt like I quite had it the way she wanted to hear it. This was probably our 5th time through the song over the last week and I think we were finally on the same page.
Masquerade is another Leon Russell song made more famous by The Carpenters and later, George Benson.
This tune includes sections that can be improvised instrumentally so you never quite know what you will get. Luckily (or maybe skillfully) Corina figured out when these were over and came right in on cue.
Our impromptu run through of songs we had tried once or twice over the last week continues with Leon Russell’s song Superstar. Corina was familiar with this more because of The Carpenters version so we based our rendition rather on that than Leon’s recording with Rita Coolidge singing. Hopefully the shaky cam elements of these videos is not too distracting and the feeling of the song comes through.
Here we have another clip from my sister’s house the Friday night after IGC. Corina asked me about playing a couple songs I was not familiar with. Foolish Games was originally done by Jewel on the piano but the guitar can capture the spirit as well. Most of these were really rehearsal run-throughs but hopefully the singing draws the attention away from the guitar players “unplanned events.”
September 26, 2014 from Ben Lomond in the Santa Cruz Mountains of Northern California. Corina loves singing Eva Cassidy’s arrangements. Here is how Sting’s beautiful tune Fields Of Gold went that evening.
Continuing with songs that Corina and I ran through on September 26, here we tackle Dust In The Wind by Kansas. This was one that just occurred to us as something we both probably knew so we just jumped into it without any plan.
Someday I may work out a more involved instrumental section to break it up, maybe try to recreate the mood and mystery of the original but for now, this is how it came out that Friday night.
We finished up our 2014 International Guitar Camp on Sunday, September 21. Corina stuck around for another week and we had a little time to play some songs together.
Thursday night she even sang in public for the first time in her life, joining me as background music for a fancy dinner at The Rosewood, a ritzy hotel on Sand Hill Road in Palo Alto.
Friday night, September 26, we ended up hanging with the family at my sister’s house and ran through everything we knew, and some we didn’t for the small group of relatives. Here is our somewhat improvised version of Autumn Leaves.
I recently stumbled across a video of Mason Williams playing a few things with a small orchestra. It was quite a pleasure to be reminded of this cute piece. Mason usually plays the changes on a 12-string while he whistles the melody.
As I couldn’t get the melody out of my head I started on my usual path of working on a chord solo. With a little work it started taking shape so I decided to shoot a rough draft.
On a side note, I sent a link to Mason who was very complimentary and said he wanted to sent it to the Brothers. I hope you enjoy it.