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Song 13

My daughter does a lot of painting, and although she has not had any formal training, she’s really quite good. I got inspired by some of her works and wrote this music to accompany a slideshow of her works.

The main section is in 15/8 time – divided more or less into a measure of 6/4 plus a measure of 3/8. The bridge shifts to 4/4, ending with a bar of 11/8, and a bar of 7/8 before returning to the main groove in 15/8.

Published: April 4, 2020 | Comments: 0

Live Stream – Thursday April 2, 2020

Posted by Mark Sensinger – Composer on Thursday, April 2, 2020

Introduction 0:00:00 | Here’s That Rainy Day 0:05:42 | A Weaver of Dreams 0:13:27 | My Romance 0:19:12 | Blue in Green 0:25:40 | Willow Grove 0:30:35 | For All We Know 0:36:03 | Stella By Starlight 0:42:15 | Venetian Moon 0:47:02 | Crystal Silence 0:54:40 | Dindi 1:03:50

Published: April 3, 2020 | Comments: 0

Live Stream – Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Miles Davis, Cole Porter, and more!

Posted by Mark Sensinger on Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Published: March 24, 2020 | Comments: 0

Live Stream – Saturday, March 21, 2020

Coltrane, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday and more! #AndoverCreates

Posted by Mark Sensinger on Saturday, March 21, 2020

Published: March 22, 2020 | Comments: 0

Live Stream – Tuesday, March 17, 2020

A set of Jazz Ballads and Bossa Novas for all those hunkered down and “Social Distancing.”

Jazz Ballads and Bossa Novas. Drop in and say Hi! #AndoverCreates

Posted by Mark Sensinger on Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Published: March 21, 2020 | Comments: 0

Join us for a Live Stream on April 2, 2020!

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On April 2, 2020 at 7:30 pm I will be doing a live stream of jazz standards and original works on Facebook.  To join the stream, go to www.facebook.com/marksensingercomposer.  Hope to see you there!

Published: March 11, 2020 | Comments: 0

Lucid Dreaming

For the last few weeks I’ve been building a SharePoint site for my group at work.  Wrote this little ditty to play on a loop at the welcome page. Enjoy!


Published: April 20, 2015 | Comments: 0

The Relaxed Abalone

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This is the first in my series of what I’m calling “Art Songs”.  Taking a cue from Charles Ives, these are piano and vocal pieces, the text being various pieces of poetry set to music.  The text for this piece is an example of “found” poetry which poet Rosemary Waldrop came across in The Joy of Cooking and arranged as verse:

Abalone, like inkfish,
needs prodigious pounding
if it has died in a state
of tension.

Published: October 12, 2014 | Comments: 0

Real Book Monday: Green Dolphin(e) Street

Talk about a movie song that outlasted its source material. Type “Green Dolphin Street” into the YouTube search bard, and you’ll get 140,000+ results. Statisically speaking, approximately one out of every five people born since 1930 will, at some point, record this song.

And yet, not a lot of people remember the 1947 movie starring Lana Turner for which this was the title theme. The New York Times certainly was not impressed at the time, calling it “a glamorized illustration of a turgid adventure yarn.” The plot, in a nutshell: Lana Turner and Donna Reed play sisters in love with the same man; he gets drunks and winds up proposing to the wrong sister. My exhaustive 10 minutes of Google research failed to uncover how the titular boulevard factors into the story line.

To me, it always seemed highly unlikely that a street by that name could actually exist. I could easily imagine a developer with a fondness for aquatic fauna naming a street “Dolphin”, but who ever heard of a green dolphin? Pink dolphins, sure…but green?

None of this, of course, explains why the Real Book copyist thought that D-O-L-P-H-I-N was spelled with an “e”.

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Published: May 20, 2014 | Comments: 0

Four Musical Observations From My Daughter’s Dance Recital (or: How to ruin it for everybody else)

Is there such a thing as paying too close attention to the music?  Yeah, probably.  Some musings and observations from my daughter’s dance recital (she did awesome, by the way).

1. One of the “Pre-Ballet” classes (i.e. real little kids) danced to a string arrangement of Guns ‘n Roses “Sweet Child O’Mine.”  And no, it wasn’t a 2Cellos arrangement either – it was a full string orchestra.  Perhaps next year one of the jazz dance classes could dance to Pat Boone’s cover of “Enter Sandman”?

 

2.  Contrary to what you might assume, the dance titles are not always simply the title of the musical selection – as evidenced by the fact that the Modern Dance class’s Subway Daydreams is really just Dave Brubeck’s “Three To Get Ready.”   Not complaining, mind you.  I love seeing Brubeck in a dance program – I just want to see him get credit.

 

3. I was bracing myself when I saw “Puttin’ on the Ritz” on the program.  Not because I thought the dance performance would be bad – the kids always do a great job – but because I was dreading sitting through four minutes of the worst kind of mid-tempo early 80’s drum machine pulse.  Fortunately, it was not to be…almost.  Somebody whom I’m obviously too old to have heard of apparently did a remix of Taco’s 1983 abomination,sped it up, and spliced in the beginning and end of Fred Astaire’s performance from the 1930 movie musical.  There’s three or four layers of irony here, folks – not the least of which being the oldest girls in this group were probably born no earlier than 1997 and as such have probably never even heard of Taco.  If we all work together, maybe we can keep it that way…for the children.

 

4. Each year at the end of the performance, they bring all the kids from all the classes on stage for final bows.  Since this can take some time as there are usually over 100 kids, this year they decided to play some “processional” music to accompany them as they filed on stage.  The musical selection?  Another orchestral arrangement – this time of Pink Floyd’s “Brain Damage.”  Oddly enough, it actually worked pretty well.  Maybe schools can start subbing it out in lieu of “Pomp and Circumstance”?

 

Published: May 19, 2014 | Comments: 0