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You Taught My Heart to Sing -- piano solo

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Uploaded on Mar 31, 2007

This song and "My One and Only Love" were submitted together, because in my mind, they they are linked. I am taking a bit of a detour in what I am posting to YouTube. There seems to be some interest out there in the whole arpeggio thing, so I recorded "You Taught My Heart to Sing", which makes the arpeggios the focus of the piece. I got the idea from McCoy Tyner, who does this piece filled with brilliant runs on his Revelations album. This version has a more formal, classical vibe than his. I don't improvise, In fact I don't stray from the melody. This is more of an arranged piece. I think it points to the limitations of runs, i.e. it is hard to do anything harmonically complex in this style. Runs can get repetitive, so I try to vary them. Some are played straight. Others are played like waves, I vary the velocity and the dynamics to give this effect. It is an attempt to give the piece an organic feel and not sound like an electronic arpeggiator. I embraced the simple harmonics and made this all about consonance. There is hardly a dissonant note to be found. I think it gives it a purity that is compelling to me. I don't do this kind of thing often, because a little goes a long way. Please watch "My One and Only Love" to contrast. It is as simple as I could get it, harmonically consonant and follows classical arc's in phrasing and dynamics. These two pieces are bookends- very similar and opposite at the same time. Thank you for watching.

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