Hello. This blog is about Trigonometry, the song and not the math...
This is the fifth track on the new Walking Eagle CD, "Walking Eagle."
Here is a link to the track, so you can hear it while you read.
This is an older piece I had started and came across in some notes. I completed the piece in the months before the recording took place.
I initially wrote it as a vehicle for the shakuhachi, however, when we recorded it, it just seemed to progressive for the shakuhachi, so Im played it on the soprano sax. The part that created the challenge is that the chords modulate from a D minor tonality to an Eb minor tonality. I thought I could do this by dropping the jaw position on the shakuhachi, but it didn't work too well. Plus the beat is pretty driving, and the shakuhachi is a lot more effective in a mellower setting.
So, the soprano sax is my usual go-to instrument in times like these, and it works pretty well.
I wrote two parts for the backing track on this. I intended them to be played both on the guitar, and figured we'd use a looper in a live situation. We recorded the two layers of guitar, and it sounded too muddy, as both parts are written in a fairly close range, so we left the rhythm part on the guitar, and I played the counter-part on the keyboard. Dugg rounded it out with the djembe.
Not much else to it, really.