Tuesday, September 26, 2017

A Good Rain - Music Story

Mine has been a hot, dry September. But not as hot or as dry as the summer of 2012 …

It was hot. The air above wore a fur-lined hunter’s cap, earflaps down, trapping the heat instead of allowing it to rise and escape.

My ferns, usually vibrant green in June,
Ferns in June

were as brown and crackly as these in today's September heat.
Ferns in September

It was dry. The cracks in in the hardened soil were over two inches deep. There were strict restrictions on watering.

That summer more than 95 percent of Illinois experienced severe drought. Where we lived the drought was “only” moderate. I couldn’t keep my ferns alive. But I could write music. There was no joy in gardening. Would there be joy in composing? I started writing a song about ferns dying in the heat. But then the third verse morphed into something else, something more personal. Perhaps that’s why I never arranged the song, but left it as a lead sheet – melody, guitar chords, and simple drum beat.

From the album “Paper Book Colors - Songs from Nature” this video is scrolling playback of the song.


You can get print (PDF) and/or digital (MusicXML™) sheet music for A Good Rain.
A Good Rain
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A Good Rain
Click here for digital sheet music.
(MusicXML™ is the standard open format for sharing digital sheet music.
Check the help files in your music notation app for directions on importing MusicXML™ files.)