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Here's a tribute to my father
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iBud
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Aloha again everyone,

I don't know what's gotten into me today.  I have written yet another tune.  This is in memory of my father, who passed away back in 1998 of cancer.  I didn't have a keyboard at the time, but always wanted to do something musically in memory of him.  I was playing around a bit and came up with another tune, one I think he would have liked.  I hope y'all like this.  

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How very lovely for you to do this. Lovely lovely.  (are there words? and is there a sound clip?)

I am inspired that you are inspired.  

Cheers Bud

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@iBud - nice sentiment - now - I have not tried to play the tune yet - but I am looking at it and I shall.  You are WAY ahead of me being able to "put down something you can hear in your mind" into sheet - I always have to "play it" first - be it picking on guitar, whistling to myself, or even, just "playing what I hear in my head" on the fiddle.

Reason I write this is that, just recently, I have had a very similar thought.  My "old man" (who passed away in 1991) had never in his life played an instrument.  But, he loved the Scottish reels, jigs, waltzes and so on - Scottish music was always on the radio at the weekends.

He must have seen me "tapping my feet in time" or whatever - and - wait for this - I was 6 or 7 years old - and one Friday, as he came home from work, he said "Here, son - you might like this"

What was it ?

It was a second-hand piano accordion !   WOW....

Now - I say he never played an instrument, but on our days out and about on the hills, he always whistled various tunes.  Often, I recognized them.

But, sometimes, I didn't - and would ask - "What's that tune dad?"   And he would answer - "It's just something I made up, boy"   LOLOLOL - wow - so he really DID play an instrument !  

Man....   

Anyway, when the late 60's arrived, I was a teenager, and got myself a guitar - 40-plus years later I have finally come to my senses and picked up the fiddle !!!!!

So, I now have a fiddle tune "in progress" in honor of my old man as well.

It is never easy - I always "hear bits that sound like something else" - it is always so difficult to create "something new" ( trust me - I have had the same issue for 40 years on guitar )

When the fiddle tune comes to completion, I too shall share it with you all.

Thank you again, iBud - nice thought, your sentiments are well appreciated by me, and, as I say, I shall have a shot at your tune.  

Thank you !

Bill

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Awh Bill what a lovely post (as usual).

Do you know whatever happened to the piano accordian?

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Aloha @coolpinkone and @BillyG,

Thanks for your responses.  I am really pleased that y'all liked what I wrote.  Bill, that's actually the name my father went by.  It really humbles me when I think of the time I had with my father and how I wish I could measure up to him.  He never played an instrument, but was instrumental in encouraging me while I was taking piano lessons.  He loved listening to me play, especially Baroque (primarily Bach) and Classical (Chopin, Beethoven, Haydn, etc...).  He even got me into listening to operas.

I just wish I could actually play what I write.  Thank you again for your responses.

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@coolpinkone - I played the accordion all the way up to the age of 17 (and had guitar by then as well of course).   Then went off to university for four years.  Each summer, I came home, and of course I had forgotten about the accordion - on the final year before starting a full time job I had an extended summer-break at home - and I discovered the 4-years-forgotten-about accordion in a shed at the foot of the garden. 

WHAT !  I was outraged - well - saddened is better....  I really had no plans to play it again...  somehow it had been saved from the ravages of mice and similar vermin - but - the dampness had got to it - and the glued parts had started to come apart.  I spent some days fixing that, but then, once it and the bellows were air-tight again  - it was clear that the reeds had been damaged - dampness, mold, light rusting - just not playable.

I asked my parents why they had put it there - they said - "We thought you were more interested in the guitar and didn't want the accordion"  ---   I was lost between love and anger - and had absolutely no answer.....

Hence my intended tribute to my old man who, unintentionally, introduced me to music.

There yah go !

Bill

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iBud said
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I just wish I could actually play what I write.  Thank you again for your responses.

LOL

  And I wish I could write what I play.... indeed, indeed

  One day, one day....

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Aloha @BillyG,

Before you get too into the sheet music, I have to re-submit.  I screwed up a little bit (wow, I just admitted it  hahaha  laugh).  Anywho, in measure 5 (the first 2nd ending), I inadvertently put in a start repeat bar line.  In the attached version, I have taken that out.  I don't mean to confuse anyone.  The start repeat bar line is in the measure 6.  In effect, I had two start repeat bar lines, which confused me when I actually took a look at it.  

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Aloha everyone,

I don't know which is easier for y'all to read, start and end repeat bars lines or DS al Coda.  The first version I submitted uses the repeat bar lines, and this one uses DS al Coda markings.  In the future, I may end up offering both versions.

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@BillyG very cool story.. kind of.... always a drag to find out an instrument went "to the shed"  but it happens.  Thanks for the rest of your story.  I love it.

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