This was written and played on a two track keyboard just oboe and strings.
Dear God is something I put together about 2000.
It would be great if it were done for electric guitar and orchestra.
Lessons Learned words and music by Rick Maltese © 2011 There's so much more to life than living lives apart. We all are blessed with what it takes. How do we start? To find the path to make it work, open your heart. Open your heart and once again, Open your heart these are the Lessons Learned. When justice will not show it's face, open the door. The waves don't stop when they have found their way to shore. Just pray once more and once again, just pray once more. Just pray once more, and pray again. Just pray once more. These are the lessons learned What seems like just an ember fading in the dark. In time the light will shine so bright, a fixed mark. If over time the light should fade, just save a spark Just save a spark, and once again, Just save a spark these are the lessons learned.
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.
Needs a better mix but hopefully the main elements are audible.
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.
Original works by composer/pianist Rick Maltese
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This work for piano has a pretty repeating four bar pattern in the left hand and is suitable for both beginner and professional. The high notes are written an octave down for easy reading.