Sunday, March 22, 2009

What to do with half a Guitar..

I wrote this song for my Grand daughter Erin,some time ago.
I wanted it to be simple,and reminiscent of those tinkling little tunes one might find while riding a gaily painted critter on your typically transient Summer's Merry-Go-Round.

..It's somewhat harder than it looks.

I've used an open 'G' tuning,..capo up two frets,..and kept my finger picks limited to the 'B','G',and 'A' strings..(You can't strum these chords..Trust me.)



'Calliope'

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21 Comments:

At 7:56 PM , Blogger jp said...

Always a treat to hear (and see!) you in action.

Beautiful song, lucky grandaughter to have it named after her

 
At 8:39 PM , Blogger austexgrl said...

Sling.....I love you SO much... This is exquisite! thank you so much for this joy. Ja!

 
At 7:51 AM , Blogger LostInColor said...

Very sweet and nice!!!

 
At 8:10 AM , Blogger jan said...

What a great gift.Erin is a lucky girl.

Do you ever write words to your music or waiting for a lyricist to come along.

 
At 8:29 AM , Blogger billy pilgrim said...

excellent!

it's like you were channeling leo kotke.

 
At 9:03 AM , Blogger Random Thinker said...

What a sweet song, I 'm sure it makes Erin feel very special whenever she hears it.

 
At 9:45 AM , Blogger Doralong said...

That was positively delightful! Thank you so much!

 
At 10:12 AM , Blogger booda baby said...

Wonderful! You got exactly what you were after! I had no trouble at all seeing the painted ponies leap off the merry go round and do what they do. Jig?

 
At 1:38 PM , Blogger sageweb said...

I love love love it!

 
At 3:34 PM , Blogger Allan said...

That's a great gift!

 
At 5:12 PM , Blogger rosemary said...

What a special thing to do for that granddaughter, Erin....

and i always love the crotch shot when you go to turn off the camera!

 
At 5:52 PM , Blogger citizen of the world said...

Aw, that's lovely. (My older son wandered over when he heard the music and sat and watched the clip with me. When it ended he said, "He's pretty good." Trust me, tht's a high compliment.)

 
At 6:01 PM , Blogger Miss Healthypants said...

I love it! You play a lovely guitar, Sling-o. *smiles*

 
At 6:02 PM , Blogger Miss Healthypants said...

And of course, I meant that you wrote a beautiful song AND played it beautifully. :)

 
At 6:28 PM , Blogger Mom said...

Erin is a lucky little girl to have you.

 
At 10:44 PM , Blogger yellowdog granny said...

I love it...I love you...

 
At 6:38 AM , Blogger Lorraine said...

Some grandpas just give their grandkids stuffed bears. Also, your hair has gotten long. I rather like it. And another also is that I'm pleased to see that you are no longer video camera shy.

Add my bits into the big tip jar o' praise.

 
At 11:18 AM , Blogger Sling said...

Oh,thank all you kids for the kind comments!
I wanted to have this here for Erin to have handy,should she ever have a mind to listen to it. :)

 
At 12:29 AM , Blogger Middle Child said...

Ah Sling, that was so sweet sounding. Any music that makes my heart feel warm is good stuff. Your little Erin will treasure this...of course make sure she gets a copy and with a message so she knows years down the line what her grandad felt.

Another keeper and will send on to my daughter's boyfriend who plays like you, loves to play, rock or classical, spanish all of that but has develloped RSI...and can't play what he used to do. you wouls understand what this means. Thanks Sling so much

 
At 1:35 PM , Blogger more cowbell said...

I love when you do this! Also, I can't figure out if I love or hate that you never say a word on your clips -- it adds this mysterious air to the music, like, who is that mustachio'd man, but also leaves me really wanting to hear the Voice of Sling.

That song really worked -- I was getting images of summer trips to our local zoo, which has a carousel that the Bohemian loves to ride. You're never too old for a carousel. Loved this. And what a cool grandpa.

If I ever end up in a relationship again, I think I'm making it a prereq that the person play guitar.

 
At 2:27 PM , Blogger YELLOWDOG GRANNY said...

you made my heart twang..you sweet thang...i wish my grandpa was like you..all he did was make moonshine.

 

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