Verbena

September 29, 2013 12:13 PM

My Request Raffle entry! Apologies to my requestor for this poor performance of his beautiful tune.

So I took this one because it involved reading sheet music which is my Worst Thing and I thought it would be good to try and do it for once. It turned out to be WELL worth it, because my challenger's melody and chords were absolutely beautiful.

I had to slightly alter the key and the very last line of the melody to accommodate my puny vocal range, to prevent scandal emerging later.

Further disclaimers: The piano is badly miced and needs tuning, the piano stool is creaky, and I have lost my melodica, so it had to be flute which I have more or less forgotten how to play properly.

posted by greenish (7 comments total) 15 users marked this as a favorite

This is really beautiful! I am loving this challenge so far.
posted by Tesseractive at 1:57 PM on September 29, 2013


This is far from a poor performance, especially the vocals. The sound of a 'relaxed' tuned piano in a living room is a magical one for me. I really dig the harmonies in the vocals and flute too.
posted by dagosto at 11:08 AM on September 30, 2013 [2 favorites]


This is very nice! Is Verbena the song title or the artist?
posted by grog at 11:29 AM on September 30, 2013


Thanks guys!

grog, Verbena is the title given to it by my challenger, who wrote the music.
posted by greenish at 1:58 PM on October 2, 2013 [1 favorite]


That is far from a poor performance. Well done.
posted by we are the music makers at 3:48 AM on October 3, 2013


The sound of a 'relaxed' tuned piano in a living room is a magical one for me

YES! My grandmother passed away this summer, leaving a beat-up old upright--the one on which I learned to play (badly)--that hasn't been tuned in going on 20 years, but if I had a place to put it, you better believe I'd get it tuned up to close-enough and play it every day. It's just such a great sound.

And this is a lovely song, great performance, and the natural recording is really nice, too. Thumbs up.
posted by uncleozzy at 1:03 PM on October 4, 2013


yeah, nthing the comments that this is NOT a poor performance, by any stretch. and dammit, I've got something in my eye, stupid fall-time allergies . . .
posted by gorbichov at 3:13 PM on November 2, 2013


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