A last-minute desperate attempt to entice students to join my music club worked last year for the spring 2015 semester:
One year later (March 2016) I hope it works again. Running this club has I think been the highlight of my time at SMU to date. It’s a wonderful opportunity to share my love of music with students. Last semester we performed “I’m Yours” by Jason Mranz. Great song, but our version was terrible. We had a lot of fun, but the result isn’t something I can share 😉
There are some great instrumental versions of Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time” out there in YouTube land, but this is not one of them. A short version of “Waltzing Matilda”, Australia’s unofficial national anthem, follows as I was just about to head home for a wee vacation. I didn’t practise the Keytar part at all, and it shows. In fact, I only discovered the “cool” scat sound seconds before I pressed “record”:
John Williams’ fantastic militaristic march for Darth Vader from The Empire Strikes Back (1980) sounds really nice slowed down a bit and performed on my keyboard, slightly out of tune guitar (not my fault), and Roland Ax-Synth at the same time:
Today, I ruined yet another favorite melody of mine. This time the victim is “In Dreams” from Howard Shore‘s amazing score for The Fellowship of the Ring. Mr. Shore, if you read this, please accept my sincerest apologies.
This is a very beautiful theme from John Williams’ brilliant War Horse(2011) score spoiled by a horrible, horrible video. In the horses’ defense, I heard from a reliable source that it seemed like a very good idea at time.