[NetBehaviour] Change Alley - Hungarian minor mode

Alan Sondheim sondheim at panix.com
Sun Apr 18 02:19:20 CEST 2021



Hi Simon,

Personally really like the intensity of you performing solo; I haven't 
heard the group work, but the darkness of the room, the single microphone 
etc., come through strong and matches the music/lyrics -

Best, Alan

On Sun, 18 Apr 2021, Simon Mclennan via NetBehaviour wrote:

> Date: Sun, 18 Apr 2021 01:00:08 +0100
> From: Simon Mclennan via NetBehaviour <netbehaviour at lists.netbehaviour.org>
> To: NetBehaviour for networked distributed creativity
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> Cc: Simon Mclennan <mclennanfilm at gmail.com>
> Subject: Re: [NetBehaviour] Change Alley - Hungarian minor mode
> 
> Hi Mark,That?s great I?m really glad you got something from this.
> I never thought about my work as folk, however I take 
> Your point.  Maybe it could
> Be called that. 
> Normally I perform with
> My band - bassist and drummer, but as we?ve had this pandemic break I put 
> Myself to the test as a solo 
> Performer! 
> I like the folk tradition in
> That sense. 
> Be nice to get hold of a barrel
> Organ player to accompany this
> Song live!
> And maybe a banker ;-)
> 
> Cheers,
> Simon
> 
> 
> Sent from my spyphone 
> 
> On 17 Apr 2021, at 10:12, Mark Hancock <mark at memecortex.net> wrote:
>
>       Hi Simon,
> 
> Echoing Alan, the intensity of this is compelling. Watching musicians
> at home is the new going to gigs!
> 
> Would you classify this as a type of folk music? I?m drawn to that idea
> because the song is commenting on cultural social changes in local
> spaces in the way that only?local? musicians tend to observe. 
> 
> I really like the guitar work on this. I?ve been listening to a lot of
> laptop/synth of late, this is encouraging me to pull out more guitar
> bands, like Sonic Youth.
> 
> Cheers
> 
> Mark
> 
> 
> 
> On Fri, 16 Apr 2021 at 03:09, Alan Sondheim via NetBehaviour
> <netbehaviour at lists.netbehaviour.org> wrote:
>       quite like the intensity of this and I can hear Tom Waits
>       somewhere in the distance or maybe the floor below -
> 
> Best, Alan, love the scale as well
> 
> On Thu, Apr 15, 2021 at 5:41 PM Simon Mclennan via NetBehaviour
> <netbehaviour at lists.netbehaviour.org> wrote:
>       Performing my songs solo rather than with the trio?
>       some drum sequencing overlaid
>
>       https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7kllNRD2Ww
>
>       This song penned a few years ago called CHANGE ALLEY
>       (original may be heard on band camp
>       https://solidbirdsflying.bandcamp.com/album/pictures-of-soldiers
>       )
>
>       for those who might care this song was conceived
>       using the Hungarian mode? and the triads thus derived
>
>       the note B is referred throughout
>
>       which note is the second degree using A as the root
>
>       creating the tension and mood of the song
>
>       The lyrics refer to Change Alley behind the bank of
>       England? arguably where it all started
>
>       and organ grinders plied their trade later on
>
>       The single performance was cut in length - the
>       middle section is always improvised - I never plan
>       it - but attempt to
>
>       go where it takes me
>
>       HERE THE FULL LYRIC
>
>       Night turns into the day
>       It's an epic feeling
>       All the newcomers
>       All the old men
>       And the young men that sit
>       In their traders' red braces
>       Mr big shot in the 21st Century
>       Is not a schizo
>       With one proviso
>       Two houses in the sun
>       Twenty pints of cider
>       The particle beam
>       That would have satisfied all newcomers
>       And all the old men
>
>       Creature comfort - seldom satisfied
>       (Creature comfort)
>       Contraband - elephant ivory
>       (Ivory)
>       Silver service - crime of passion
>       (Crime of passion)
>       Hereditary - mended shoes in the factory
>       Horror film
>       (Horror)
>
>       Organ grinder and the young men
>       That sit in their traders' braces
>       Take a walk down Change Alley
>
>       Thank you,
>       Simon
> 
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