Must Be the Music

06 Dec

I am momentarily frustrated.  While sitting here doing stuff, a piece of music popped into my head from a very long time ago:  The Deep River Suite by Frank Erickson.  You guys know I’m a musician but you probably don’t know I got started when I was 7 with the trumpet and, yup, I played in the elementary school orchestra – and this particular piece of music – and another one I cannot remember the name of – has stuck with me over the years.

I can remember the music – it’s both rousing and haunting; the suite contains three pieces:  Swing Low, Sweet Chariot, Deep River, and Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho.  Once again, memory is an amazing thing because not only can I recall in detail the day we played this piece in assembly, I can remember every single part of the suite.  Deep River is one of the pieces I use to practice with at times, too.  Good, huh?  Wait, it gets better…

With the Deep River part rolling through my mind I wondered if the music still exists in physical form – and it does… except it seems that Mr. Erickson wrote the suite for saxophone and woodwind quartet and, um, apparently not for full concert band or orchestra in that sense.  But I remember it and I doubt that Mrs. Frankel, my music teacher, re-arranged this suite for full concert band/orchestra; I mean, she could have but I remember the full score for this – and it wasn’t handwritten like some of the stuff she used to do for us at times.

I’d have to come up with $6.99 for the “version” I found and since I can read music written for different instruments – and I have a Korg music workstation – I can reproduce the suite with all the required instruments and I think this’ll be a nice project for me to undertake; gotta keep the music skills sharp as well.

Now, it is possible that someone rearranged Mr. Erickson’s woodwind quartet version for orchestra; if so, I need to find it if I can (the Korg can do that, too).  I can crank up my SONAR software and start sequencing all of the parts, blending them together so I can literally be a one-man orchestra – oh, I do so love this stuff!  This will allow me to edit the sequences to, um, get the mistakes out and when it’s perfect, I can wave my fingers over the computer and now I have a file that can be played on the computer, burned to CD, etc.

I’m kinda wondering why this piece of music got stuck in my head; maybe because it’s all wet and dreary here today because of the off-and-on rain…


Posted by on 6 December 2011 in Life, Living and Loving


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3 responses to “Must Be the Music

  1. MyInnerMonologueRevealed

    6 December 2011 at 17:32

    If you find the score please let me know. I the piece once but never had the time to arrange it when I was in high school.


    • kdaddy23

      6 December 2011 at 23:03

      If I can find the full score – and not just the woodwind quartet (that’s easy to find) – I’ll let you know, Mim. With a decent workstation and good MIDI/sequencing software, it shouldn’t be hard to reproduce or rearrange – but it’s better to have the original score for reference.


  2. mysterycoach

    11 December 2011 at 07:21

    I wanna hear! 🙂 Noooo I didn’t know this about you! Sooo cool! I so wanna hear. “Blink!”? You have to see me, I’m sitting here grinning from ear to ear. My brother played the Trumpet, the Trombone and the guitar! Oh, my ears with the hours of practicing :)… but he was very good.

    I love those machines thingys too! My friend had one years ago, well her husband, and they used to mix stuff on there all the time. I was happy as a clam! Oh! I told my other friend on here, what people don’t know about me, although I am a little rusty, is that I sang from 1st grade up through 12th, sang at Carnegie Hall in NY when I was 12 (my 1.5 hours of fame) and my mother had me in plays and all this stuff. Which was really cool. OH! And I also did the tree lighting on cable @ 17 and the camera focused right on my face when I forgot the words. 🙂 LOL !

    Want my autograph? I am so totally famous. 🙂



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