This is an edit of my original version so it can now be played as a backing track, where instrumentalists are unavailable.
STAND BY ME /KUMBAYA
Waiting for permission to publish by the publishers of ‘Stand by Me’
Backing track. I composed an arrangement of Stand by Me and Kumbaya for the School’s Gospel choir, and has 2 – 4 different parts.
Backing track. My husband and I wrote this ensemble piece together to be performed at the school’s achievement evening, circa 2010. The track was played through the PA system whilst the on-stage performers drummed djembe fills. The mixture of styles develop as the piece progresses – I wanted African drumming mixed with Western sounds and beats. This track sounds good on its own (listen and see); but is even better with the djembe fills. It was composed on Logic, the fills on Sibelius (not shown here).
I dedicated this song to the person who inspired me musically the most in my childhood – my primary school teacher Mr. Glaves. As well as being my classroom teacher he taught me the guitar and took a guitar group. I loved that group – we were good! We played on the local radio station several times and even auditioned for ‘Opportunity Knocks’ with Hughie Green.
One of my favourite pieces that we played was ‘Island of Dreams’. For this I played the electric organ, the previous incumbent having just left to go up to ‘comp’ school. This was a privileged position and I still remember the thrill of performing that piece.
The lyrics in ‘Captured Dreams’ make reference to that song; as well as those happy times.
I wrote it for two voices, electro-acoustic guitar and a small ensemble. It was first performed during my first year in my current teaching post, during a music department tour in Belgium in 2006.
The track you can hear is the Sibelius file – it’s supposed to be performed live
Backing track. Written for the school’s Gospel choir. I composed this as a backing track using ‘Sibelius’ and ‘Logic’. I have included the melody line in this version so it can be heard, although it would usually be sung. It has a steel pan sound, hence the ‘Calypso’ part, and I wrote it as ‘Strictly come dancing’ was becoming increasingly popular – hence the other part of the title.