jupe dreams about upcoming recitals


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I have been having fun thinking about the May recital. I would love to compose a piece for the five of us to play, but I think that I need to concentrate on the organ piece I am writing. But I’ve already a sense of what I would like this recital to be like.

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First of all, I want it to be playful. I have been toying with a name for it. “Not Your Usual Recital?” Eileen suggested “Stone Soup.” She said I was the Stone. She said that in the story the stone brings everything together. I said that the stone doesn’t contribute anything of substance to the soup. Ahem.

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Or maybe something with the word “play” in it. “Musicians at Play.”

I know I want my piano trio to perform Oblivion by Piazolla.

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I also know I want to do some arrangements of my own stuff. If I do that I can include music that rarely gets heard without having to hunker down and write a completely new piece. The organ piece I am working on might adapt well to being done by some of the players who have agreed to play.

Also, I  am considering reviving some of my earlier coffee house compositions like Drek or instrumental versions of pieces like “Moneyland.” Some Zappa would be nice.

Peaches En Regalia is easier the more people you have to play with. Jordan has done it with me when I did it in the coffee shop. It’s definitely one of my favorites but I do like Mister Green Jeans.


I want Jordan to use both his classical sax sound and his jazz sound. I love them both. I also know I would like to play harpsichord, marimba, and banjo on this recital.

I plan to ask my cellist to learn an unaccompanied Bach cello suite. I am thinking of the first movement of the G major.

I’m hoping that she will not only agree to do so but that learning it won’t be a hardship for her. In the spirit of doing a playful recital I am thinking of coming up with stuff that wouldn’t be too hard for us to prepare but loads of fun to pull together.

I have a book of jigs and reels for violin and keyboard I plan to look at and maybe suggest to Amy.

I wrote a silly organ piece for Rhonda on the hymn tune CWM RHONDDA (Guide me O Thou Great Jehovah). I could ask her to play it or play it myself or arrange it.

Starting the recital with the Toccata and Fugue in D minor of Bach might be the ticket.

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I sort of feel like I owe this to my parishioners, having had several people mention it to me. I have been  learning it and looking for a place to play it. It doesn’t seem to work as a prelude or postlude. Jen and I talked about inviting parishioners back after coffee hour some Sunday to listen to it.

Anyway, it’s fun to kick around different possibilities with such a talented crew.

These four people: Rhonda Edgington, Amy Hertel, Dawn Van Ark, and Jordan Van Hemert, represent the local musicians that I feel like I can connect with and appreciate.

It will be a gas to come up with something for us to do.

I’m also kicking around ideas for the final June recital with the choir. I definitely want us to learn “Come Sunday” by Ellington to use both  in a Eucharist setting and in the recital.

This not only means I will have scheduled Ellington for the first and last Grace Notes Recital, but I will have added a piece to the choral library. I purchased 25 copies of an arrangement sight unseen. It came in the mail yesterday and I was disappointed. I didn’t think it was as good as I wanted it to be.

Eileen reminded me that Our Lady of the Lake might still have copies of the version I did there. I couldn’t find my single copy of this version to order from. So I emailed the choir director at my old church and she instantly said we could have 18 copies and that she would mail them to me. How nice is that? I plan to have the choir sign a thank you card after we get it. I’m hoping that arrangement is as good as I remember it being.

In addition I have asked Laure Van Ark to learn a solo aria by Handel. On Wednesday night I was talking to Kris Pierce our new soprano. Kris has a good solo voice and misses cantoring the way she used to in the Roman Catholic church (she was actually in the choir at Our Lady of the Lake when I worked there if I remember correctly).

I told her I would try to come up with something for her for the June 9 recital. I also mentioned that I’m not really a voice teacher and would love it if she could get one to help her with anything I come up with. She has a teacher she likes so that looks like a possibility.

Then I got to thinking how much fun it would be to do a two soprano movement from a Bach cantata. So I’m thinking that I will have two solos and one duet at the June 9 recital in addition to “greatest hits” sung by the choir.

I am finding that staying away from church on days off helps me get my perspective back. I am planning on staying away from the building today. Tomorrow I will put in some prep for Sunday and pick upcoming organ preludes and postludes for Ash Wednesday and Lent I.


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