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Spellbound Waltz

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Published on Nov 20, 2016

Spellbound Waltz is a dance tune composed by Larry "Friar" Edwards and dedicated to his parents, who were killed aboard their sailboat Spellbound on February 24, 1978.

In 1977, Loren and Jody Edwards left Puget Sound aboard their 53-foot ketch, destined for French Polynesia. Six months later they lay dead aboard their boat in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, with their 20-year-old daughter unconscious and bleeding from head wounds.

The inspiration for the tune came from watching the pilot to the TV show Monk, when Monk stood at his wife’s grave, playing the clarinet (thus, the key of B-flat). Friar started to play along, but it only lasted a few bars (for ADHD TV junkies), so he made up the rest. The bridge — the “sad part” — is in G minor. He structured it in the style of the old-time waltzes as a nod to his grandfather, who liked to play those old tunes.

The tune was recorded in Winston-Salem, NC, on July 18, 2016, with Friar sawing on the fiddle and Richard Chance picking on his double-0 Martin.

Friar hopes you like it and will want to play it, or dance to it. If you record it, please give him credit as the composer.

For anyone interested in the learning the tune, sheet music and MP3 available for download: http://www.larryedwards.com/music/ind...

For more information about death of his parents and the subsequent FBI investigation, see the book trailer: “Dare I Call It Murder?: A Memoir of Violent Loss” https://youtu.be/LoXx7Yoki9o

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