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Every day visits*
From Moose, Goose, and Orb Weaver
All seized by Haiku


"Why moose and goose?" you may ask. Back on 2/04/13 Pirate wrote a haiku with an elk in it, and I responded with
one with a moose and then included him every day. A few days later in comments Mystic asked "Where's the goose?"
So I started including her with this post on 2/07. A week later on the 14th, Mark Readfern
asked for and received a spider. The rest is history.

*Well, most days, anyway. Grant me a bit of poetic license.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Carpe Diem #114 - Mariachi




Music conceived in a vocal and/or stringed instrument tradition tends toward sharp rather than flat keys.  Flat keys do not lie as comfortably on stringed instruments.  So, a great deal of classical music is written in keys like G, D, and A (1,2, and 3 sharps.)  Mariachi music [like blue grass] can be in even more remote keys like E and B (4 and 5 sharps - or "sharks" as we jazz guys call them.)

Brass instruments are comfortable in keys containing a few flats.   Jazz and concert band music is generally written in flat Keys like F and Bb.  The sharp keys can be daunting.  Besides jazz, I've been playing in a symphony orchestra for the last decade and have gotten pretty comfortable swimming with the sharps.



Mariachi brass
They play in such awkward keys
Easier for strings

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Powerful singers
Violins and guitars flow
Rippling trumpets

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Mariachi sounds
Bright joyful music rises
South of the border

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Mariachi play
Joyful music fills the air
Even the moose dance

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Carpe Diem # 114

13 comments:

  1. Forget the moose--I want to see a goose dance! :)

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  2. Informative and fun post and delightful haiku ~ love the 'moose' dance' south of the border ~
    Carol of A Creative Harbor on blogger ^_^

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  3. Beautifully composed series of haiku on Mariachis. All are nice, but the third touched me deep.

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  4. Again with the moose haha my favorite is your third haiku.. it has captured a truly vibrant celebration ^^

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  5. Gracias, amigos.

    I thought this would be a difficult prompt, but with a little thought it flowed.

    MMT -
    Listeners all dance
    Moose and squirrel lead the way - Goose
    Ducks out for a beer

    Cheers!
    JzB


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  6. Wow, great haiku and a music lesson too. Tank you :)

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  7. I love the visual of moose dancing... You got me on that one. :-)
    Eliz

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  8. Fantastic music! South of the border has that mystic play of latin music that I love. It's a joy to listen coupled with the violin ensemble, here! Thanks for sharing Jazzbumpa!

    Hank

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  9. Isn't an awkward key better than no key at all?

    Drunk Mariachi

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  10. Never really cared for such music, but it definitely is bright and joyful...Just thinking -have I ever seen a moose dance?

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  11. Love the spirit in them! I can almost hear the music...the musicians and singers nearing :)

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  12. First, thank you for the education. Secondly i really like your musical description
    And then finally (leaving haiku)

    If you ever se a dancing moose
    It's likely cause you been drinking booze
    You should take a nap
    and before getting up
    Stay down and enjoying the snooze

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