Saturday, February 18, 2012

Solar Flare

Back when I was a student, I remember being surprised when a professor suggested that Miles Davis' "Solar" was a blues.  I counted the measures, and sure enough there were twelve... but then there were all of those II-V's and major chords.  It got my wheels turning regarding what defines a blues progression.  If it goes to the IV chord in the fifth measure, it really doesn't matter if that IV chord is major, minor or dominant.

I decided to revisit "Solar" but present it in a triple meter, with an ostinato bass figure and a new melody.  I'm calling it "Solar Flare".  I usually write at the piano, but this time, as an experiment, I wrote away from the keyboard.

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