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JAMES TARIS around the World- (2003-4)

It's not often you get to see a busker playing a cello in the street.

HOLLAND - Utrecht (1 week)
Week 22 of World Tour

Making Sweet Music

Way back in 1968, when I was in my second year of high school and only 13, I had a panic attack. I’d written my very first song and forgotten it in my woodworking class. So I ran back frantically, hoping that no-one would find it and read it because it would’ve been very embarrassing for me. And my panic attack became worse when I got there and it was gone. My teacher asked me what I was looking for, so I told him I’d forgotten ‘something I’d written’.

“Is this what you’re looking for?” he said with a sly grin.

My face dropped when I realized that he’d already read it, but I was grateful to have my song back, because I didn’t know if I’d ever be able to write such a great song again.

But since then I’ve written over 100 songs and poems which I’m happy to say are so much better than my first one.

And even though that was a silly little love song called ‘How Does De Do’ (which I’ve purposely kept it off my web site because it was so ‘embarrassing’), and even though I remember the lyrics and the tune so vividly, I’ve always promised myself that one day when I was old and grey I’d write the music to all my songs.

You see, my composing only went as far as writing the lyrics and humming a tune in my head. I’d only had very basic training in reading music, so writing music was really impossible.

Well, last week, when I found myself with a free week, I had the pleasure of writing the music to one of my songs. Using the miracle of music software, and some expert guidance, I wrote the music to ‘She’s A Gorilla’ which now looks professional and sounds just like I wrote it 2 years ago.

It’s got 4 rows (staffs) of music; one for the singer, one for the piano, one for the piano chords and one for hand-clapping (cute, huh). And all 5 verses are there so any singer can sing it confidently straight away.

I then went to my personal web site www.JamesTaris.com , looked through the songs listed on the Poems web page and found 38 songs which I could write the music for. I opened up a file for each song and copied the lyrics across to each one. So now, whenever I get some free time, instead of playing Solitaire or Minefields (yes, I do dabble with these) I can start entering the musical notes for my songs … just like I always said I would.

Here's the music sheet and tune for "She's a Gorilla" ...

1) Music Sheet

2) Musical Sound Track

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