I’d rather post a picture of a cute animal, like a leaping fox, than of a virus; a tiny piece of DNA or RNA that science dispute whether it is a life form or not. Nevertheless: Here is a stylized picture of the Corona virus that currently infects people all over the world at a stunning rate, causing a crackdown on social events and gatherings.
It’s strange to think that viruses seem to be an inevitable product of how life on earth functions, and that viruses have had a profound part in the development of life on Earth, when they also can be the worst disease-inducing menace one can imagine. Some of the worst diseases imaginable are induced by viruses – like Ebola, Marburg Disease and Rabies – while our own cells long, long ago may have assimilated some ancient viruses that made it possible for our cells in the form of Mitochondrions to produce energy for our organisms (as far as I know some say that it might have been assimilated bacteria instead, and some argue it might have been viruses).
In the end, it seems as it is viruses that have come wrong that make us humans sick; that we have accidentally come into contact with a piece of genetic material where either we, or it should not be. This is what counts now: that we all are in the right places. Whether it be in quarantine because you avoid being infected, or for the risk of infecting someone; whether you are in need of hospital care, or at a job that is vital to society or at home being sick – I hope that you all are, or soon will be, at the right place for you, where care, healing and safety is for you.
Stay safe everybody, and I wish all of you visiting here all the best in this time of world wide peril.
2020 is a leap year. Thus, February will have 29 days and we will have a Summer Olympics in Tokyo in July and August, unless the outbreak of Covid-19 (the Corona virus) cripples the whole event.
Having a leap year brings even more to our societies than just a sports event and one extra day: sometimes it’s superstition or social traditions regarding the extra day, and for some it brings the problem of counting their birthdays if they’re born on the 29th of February. Regardless of all this, it is fun to know that leaping seems to be a common behaviour among very many species on earth for many different reasons: Fish leap, squids leap, humans leap, as well as this pictured, beautiful fox leaping for a vole or a mouse under the snow.
I wish all you visiting here a great Leap Year, and I want to remind you that you can leap to the “Charts for free” section of this web page, to have some nice charts leaping home to you for free use. The fourth, and final, free chart – which will be an instrumental arrangement of Jobim’s “Wave” – is under way, and will be published here upon completion.
To be honest, I’ve never been too fond of the song “How High the Moon”. Maybe it’s because I don’t like the lyrics, the melody or the chord progression; I haven’t overly thought about it. Now, however, I have written an arrangement that will make this song both acceptable and fun for me to play, and from today it is available for downloading in the “Charts for free” section.
If I have succeeded in writing a chart that is fun for others to play remains to be seen, but I really hope that you will find it rewarding to play.
Today is Christmas, and to everyone visiting here: I wish you a Merry Christmas!
The December Sale is on throughout the 31:st. Take the opportunity to buy some new and exciting charts for the upcoming spring rehearsal period at a discount. 20%off on all compositions, and 15% off on all arrangements.
As usual, I will have a December Sale this year too. Take the chance to buy some exciting and fresh charts at a discount, to invigorate your band’s repertoire for the spring season – or as a Christmas gift to someone who is into Big Band playing.
Between December 1st and throughout December 31st, the discount is 20% off on all compositions, and 15% off on all arrangements.
Also: Take the time to check out the “Charts for free” section, where you can download some select charts free of charge, to check out my writing and orchestration style.
To all you visiting here, I wish a very, very Happy Holidays!
Though there is still one and a half month left of 2019, I can readily summarize this year as very productive from how many new Big Band charts I’ve published here. No less than four original compositions have been published this far, of which two were specially written for the new shop category “Charts for free”, and I’m currently working on an arrangement of “How High the Moon” to be published in that same category as the free example of “Arrangements for Big Band and vocalist”. I hope to have it completed soon.
Between December 1:st and throughout December 31:st, there will be a Christmas/New Year’s Sale. If you want to buy a fresh chart for your band, or a gift for someone, at a discount, this is a great opportunity. The abatement will, as usual, be 20% off on all compositions, and 15% off on all arrangements.
From today, a new, free sample score from my pen is available in the “Charts for free” section of the shop. This time it’s a rather brief funk ballad, with lyrics – written by me – about the feeling of a great and beautiful morning; the one when you feel absolutely perfect with your life and living.
If you’re interested, you proceed as you would a regular purchase and you either download the chart immediately from checkout, or from the link that will be sent to your e-mail. (If you don’t find the mail in your inbox, check your spam filters since they often catch mail with downloadable links.)
August is the month of harvest; of reaping the produce of summer’s growth from the fields, the gardens or – as in my case – my balcony pots. Aside from being pretty, as ever, my chili plants this year yielded colorful and savory results; one plant’s harvest is here ready to go into the oven for drying.
This year’s Summer Sale is continuing until August the 31st. Take the chance to harvest some new exciting, and maybe challenging, charts, to have your band’s stores filled up for the autumn and winter seasons.
To all you visiting here, I wish you a great “fin de l’été”.
The Summer Sale is in full effect. All charts are available at reduced prices; 20% off on all compositions, and 15% off on all arrangements. If you feel you need to revitalize your band’s repertoire for the upcoming rehersal period, there are many exciting and challenging charts to choose from.
I’m still on vacation. With a cup of coffee and a piece of cake, a good book, and the complete DVD collection of the show Magnum P.I. (the Selleck version), I know I will be well rested and fit for the work season coming with the autumn.
I wish all you visiting here, a really nice and happy summer!
I love growing chili peppers! The plants are often lush, with thick greenery, and the fruits are always colorful, decorative and providing tasty sensations when harvested. A well cared for chili plant is a joy both to watch and eat the results from. Obviously I have a preference for spicy food.
The Summer Sale is now, since about two weeks, under way. Take the opportunity to spice up your band’s repertoire with some savory new charts. Both sweetness and heat can be found in the web shop. 15% off on all arrangements and 20% off on all compositions.
I wish all you visiting here a really nice summer!