Re: Original Songs Page updated

I have not posted here for a while. Here ‘s an update.

1) http://leadsheetz.com/about/ricks-original-songs/ now has local links to the words.

2) Observations about harmonic rhythm  I want to share with you.

From the days of Bach in the 17th century to the twentieth century harmonic rhythm went through a slowing down process. It was common for Bach to change harmony on every beat. 100 years later it was typical for Beethoven and Mozart to change harmony on every bar. There are plenty of exceptions but generally slow harmonic change became more and more a preference over the centuries. Some traditions in folk music from different cultures chose to limit chords to just three harmonies and some even chose no harmonic rhythm where the foundation was static based on a drone or a root and 5th.

As a composer songwriter I have found myself in recent years avoiding unnecessary harmonic rhythm. I now reconsider a traditional jazz standard or a new song with a look to harmonic change when it’s needed. I am happier with the sound. What I’ve discovered is that the melody has an opportunity to stand out and words seem more poignant. I’m not saying it’s the best way but it’s a direction that pleases my ears.

How the Mystery Unfolds

Original works by composer/pianist Rick Maltese
Piano Solo arrangement (sheet music.) One of
these days I’ll get around to recording a piano solo version.

UnspokenHalina for Trio Little Prelude

My Youtube Channel has selections
I’ve composed as well as me playing standards.
How the Mystery Unfolds            
(words & music by Rick Maltese © 2011)

What is the secret word?
Is it a mystery to be heard?
It sings out loud,
So loud and clear,
That when you hear it closer
It may seem absurd.

Before I speak the word
I need to gain your trust to be heard.
After it's told
You'll ask me why
There's so little to it.
Here's how I'll reply.

Your eyes can see
Just what it wants to you'll behold
The mystery.
The less you fear,
Wide-eyed like a child,
Open to all hearts,
Elusive though it seems,
Like all birds must learn to fly
That's how the mystery unfolds.

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