Last Tuesday was very special for me. I met with some ten hobbyist organists who were ready for another dose of Volare input. For those of you not aware of what I’m referring to, Volare is my teaching program designed for amateur organs and keyboard players. I explain the premise of the course on my web site, http://www.rosemarybaileymusic.com. One of my biggest proponents in this effort is a woman associated with the music industry by the name of Cindy Soriano. It is through her efforts and encouragement that this week’s event took place.
It seems that there are some folks out there that consider even elementary bits of information inspiring. They crave the acquisition of musical skills on an ongoing basis. This is a good thing! After all, learning music is a never-ending sport, right? So we all convened and discussed the importance of building beautiful and logical medleys of tunes. The first question asked of me by Marjorie had to do with my opinion about the length of an average medley of songs. I shared this anecdotal story:
A number of years ago, a friend of mine accompanied me to a concert given by an artist whom we both knew. It was quite enjoyable but lengthy…to say the very least. I recall the plan for the artist’s musical arrangement. She announced her medley to be a “musical journey across the great United States of America”. And it was! The medley started with a melody reminiscent of San Francisco and was to end in up in New York….a wonderful concept. The only problem was that after almost one hour, the audience we still in Kansas City! The moral of the story was that too much of a good thing can turn out to be counterproductive after a while.
So, I guess the moral of my story for you players out there is to keep your songs combinations entertaining, yet succinct. In my opinion, a maximum of five tunes is sufficient for any medley content. It can be fun to plan out these things but please pay respect to those who are the listeners. My analogy is that as wonderful as premium chocolate ice cream is, too much of it can make you feel a bit uncomfortable after awhile.
Look for the March Song of the Month to be posted in a week or so. Last month’s winner, Lois Phagan from Florida solved the dilemma of identifying the melody. It turned out to be a tough one to solve…..sorry about that. But please remember that each song posted on my web site has pertinence to the month itself. I’ll give you one clue to the correct answer of the upcoming song……it definitely WON’T be a march.
Of course, as always, if you are interested in pipe organ, theatre organ or home organ, please feel free to visit my website at http://RosemaryBaileyMusic.com and see whats going on with Volare and Pearl.
posted by Ric Overton of http://PianoSD.com