Charles Clanton Rogers

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BACH 2           Wink

Necessities: Food, Clothing, Shelter, and

MUSIC

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I have two original compositions::

Steven & Evan

Steven & Evan Rogers, June 2015

 

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22 thoughts on “The Fourth Necessity

  1. Wow! You love your music! We recently went to hear Bach played on a piano and were presently surprised with how much we really enjoyed it. it was lets say…spiritual.

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    1. clanton1934 says:

      Yes, one receives “Church credit” for attending Bach concerts. (I need the big pipe organ though, to really soar!) ccr

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      1. These were pretty big and absolutely wonderful to hear. Just close your eyes and enjoy.
        Thank you for sharing.

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  2. bbnewsab says:

    Four questions: 1) How do I know the titles of the music I can listen to? 2) What music instruments do you play, KK? You have told us about your piano, but are there more instruments you can master? 3) What instruments do Steven and Evan play? (You have already told us about Steven playing the saxophone.) 4) And your wife – is she musical too?

    BTW, in Swedish “to harp” can mean two things: a) You talk persistently and tediously, repeating a topic over and over again; and b) to play on a harp.

    Is it the same in English?

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    1. clanton1934 says:

      I will answer your questions directly. It will not be a short reply, but a pleasant task. (Here, too, “to harp” means the same thing as in Sweden) An orchestral harp is strummed by a harpist. She does not “harp”. More answers in a short while. K

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    2. clanton1934 says:

      Answers are long; I will approach them separately.
      1. music titles: My goal was just to provide a huge “feast” for gorging this time [self-indulgent]. I have probably two hundred pieces on my computer and I subscribe to a complex music on-line service with an apparently bottomless well of selections. The bad news is that much of it is digitally locked which does not me to transfer it to my post. So what I have published today are a few random selections.
      I’ll try to name them from top to bottom.
      1. Fanfare fore the Common man- Copeland
      2.”it ain’t necessarily so. MILES Davis
      3. Rodeo- Copeland
      4 Messiah – Handel
      5 Savoy
      6.Summertime – Gershwin
      7 I’ve grown accustomed to his face – my fair lady
      8. Every time we say goodbye
      9.They can’t take that away from me
      10. Sheherazade
      11. Afternoon of a prawn
      12 Blue bossa nova (Steven Rogers)
      13. Bess yo is my woman now; Porgy and Bess
      14 repeat
      15.Oriental Strut 1925
      16. repeat
      17 Pachelbel’s Canon
      18 repeat

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      1. bbnewsab says:

        The song title of #8 reminds me of this beautiful duet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWQbuJ24Wzg .

        Sarah Brightman and Andrea Bocelli sing in Italian, the subtitles are in Spanish. Here you can see the lyrics in English:

        Time to Say Goodbye

        When I’m alone
        I dream on the horizon
        and words fail;
        yes, I know there is no light
        in a room
        where the sun is not there
        if you are not with me.
        At the windows
        show everyone my heart
        which you set alight;
        enclose within me
        the light you
        encountered on the street.

        Time to say goodbye,
        to countries I never
        saw and shared with you,
        now, yes, I shall experience them,
        I’ll go with you
        on ships across seas
        which, I know,
        no, no, exist no longer;
        with you I shall experience them.
        When you are far away

        I dream on the horizon
        and words fail,
        and yes, I know
        that you are with me;
        you, my moon, are here with me,
        my sun, you are here with me.
        with me, with me, with me,

        Time to say goodbye,
        to countries I never
        saw and shared with you,
        now, yes, I shall experience them,
        I’ll go with you
        on ships across seas
        which, I know,
        no, no, exist no longer;
        with you I shall re-experience them.
        I’ll go with you
        on ships across seas
        which, I know,
        no, no, exist no longer;
        with you I shall re-experience them.
        I’ll go with you,
        I with you.

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      2. clanton1934 says:

        Now you have introduced me to a new experience. Thank you, pv

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    3. clanton1934 says:

      2. Musical Instruments
      Steven: Steven’s graduate study and certification- Master’s of Music in Music Education certified in Mass to teach vocal and instrumental teaching – chorus and orchestra- This certification required that he proved capable of playing and teaching every instrument in the orchestra: piano, woodwinds, brass, strings, and percussion. His first was clarinet before choosing saxophone as his principal. He is at his best when doing Jazz improvised solos. He teaches grades 5 -12 [ages 11-18], Evan, another answer. ’til later K

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      1. bbnewsab says:

        I think you should give one or two examples of recordings where we can hear your son Steven play the saxophone. Not just write about his musical talents.

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      2. clanton1934 says:

        That is easy; that will be a separate post. I’ll do it in the next 24 hours K

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      3. clanton1934 says:

        # 12 of the list you have is my son

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    4. clanton1934 says:

      2. Musical instruments Evan: Evan was started in saxophone in school. In his senior year the teacher assigned to play the stadium trumpet in the marching band and then a variety of band instruments as a challenge. I parallel privately; he took piano and guitar. He loved the electric guitar best and became professional-level. He earned a “musical technology’ Bachelor’s Degree including computer music composition. He went to The Peabody Inst JohnsHopkins and earned a Master’s Degree in Composition. He is the Manager of Operations for THE Baltimore Symphony. My wife and I are only wanna-bees. Piano and classical guitar.
      That should cover things. K

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  3. bbnewsab says:

    Any recordings of Evan playing the guitar (or any other instrument)? Please, KK, share with us, your followers (members of the RWT Community). We want to listen to Evan too.

    And what about Einstein and Darwin, your two cats? Do they play the piano sometimes?

    Are they like the cat Nora; see: http://norathepianocat.com/catcerto/ ?

    Maybe waking you up in the middle of the night?

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    1. clanton1934 says:

      I don’t have any recordings of Evan.
      Neither Darwin nor Einstein chooses to play. We did have a cat that walked on the piano keys every night.
      K

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  4. bbnewsab says:

    Yes, I just noticed that, KK. Thank you!

    After having listened to that melody I can conclude that your son Steven really knows how to “domesticate” a saxophone.

    He deserves to be mentioned along with other famous saxophone players like Charlie Parker, Stan Getz, and Clarence Clemons.

    Do you know Stevens’ own favorite saxophone player(s)? Maybe Bill Clinton? 🙂

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    1. clanton1934 says:

      John Coltrane was his first hero; he also admires Joe Henderson

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    2. clanton1934 says:

      Bill Clinton actually briefly listened to Steven when Steven played at an inaugural ball. They made eye contact and Clinton acknowledged a fellow sax player.

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  5. bbnewsab says:

    My Top 5 list consists of the melodies #4, 6, 10, 12 and 17 (in no special order).

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    1. clanton1934 says:

      Classics!
      Evan Summertime (1934) has become immortalized as classic Americana! K

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  6. bbnewsab says:

    I’ll also say this, KK. You should feel very PROUD of your own two original compositions.

    BTW, is Steven your opus #1 and Evan #2. Or is it the other way round?

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    1. clanton1934 says:

      Steven is the elder by 2 1/2 years

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