The season for growing

Late March, early April, is to me the month of growth; the time when plants of all kind start to show up from beneath ground, twigs and branches show hints of the leaves to come, and where the grass on lawns and fields subtly starts showing a background of green to the yellow remnants of last year. This is also the time when my chili plants start to show significant growth and become real plants, from the tiny, minuscule sprouts they were when they first showed up from the soil.

This year, I’ve settled for only sowing three chili plants; partly because I have very much dried chili in store from previous years, partly because I want to have room on the balcony for other things than just a large bunch of chili plants. The sorts of chili I have this year are two slightly hotter variants, “Habanero White” and “Monster Naga”, and one mild and larger type, “Sugar Rush Peach”.

Other than growing chili, there are also some new charts growing on my desk. An arrangement of Gershwin’s “A Foggy Day”, for a male vocalist, and a vocal composition in Japanese modes and scales. Both will be published here when fully grown and matured.

I wish you all visiting here to stay safe and to finding strength to endure the time that still is left before the pandemic is fended off through the vaccination programmes that are pursued all over the world to increasing effect.

New composition in the shop

Today I publish my 50th(!) Big Band chart to be available in the Web Shop, and I feel particularly good about this one. This newest chart, “Laughing Pearl”, is a disco-funk style ballad for a male vocalist about a love story that never became, that I hope will bring a touch of the seventies back for a while.

Though I’m not especially fond of the key Eb-major (I don’t really dislike it either), this is now the fourth published chart in a row that I’ve written in that key.

Stay safe everybody! I wish all you visiting here to remain in good health and to come through this wretched pandemy unscathed.

New composition in the shop

From today, there is a new composition available in the web shop. After some deliberation, I decided to compose for a Swedish text I wrote in June this summer; the result is now a piece for female vocalist and Big Band called “Den Första Juni” (Eng. “The First of June”).

When I started writing this piece, I realised that I already had composed a short Big Band poem portraying the spring, and as this new piece would picture the summer – I could as well look and work for inspiration to write lyrics and music for winter and autumn too. We’ll see where it ends, but my plan is to compose four short poems for each of the four seasons of which spring (“Midnatt På Landet”) and summer now are completed and available in the shop.

Happy New Year

This very strange and perilous year 2020, is about to fold its business and give over to the new, unwritten and untold 2021. I sincerely hope that the coming year will be the year when the pandemy subsides, the world finally seriously adresses climate change and environmental depletion and extinction of species, and that we can recreate this life of social events and in-person contacts that we had to abandon for most of the now leaving year.

I have spent the holidays at my countryside summer house where I’ve taken long walks, read books, fired up the stove, and done some composing. Just today, the 31:st, I finished a short poem – with Swedish lyrics – for Big Band, that will be a part of a suite portraying the four seasons of the year; this part is the summer. As soon as it’s edited, it will be published here.

The December Sale, ends with the 31:st. There will, as always, be a summer sale, but that won’t be until June.

I wish all you visiting here: A Happy New Year! May you have a great 2021.

December Sale coming up

Between December 1st and 31st, there will, as usual, be a sale. Take the opportunity to buy unique, fantastic sounding and fun to play Big Band charts at a discount.

Because this year is so special, the reduction will be 25% off on all arrangements, and 30% off on all compositions.

Now, when the Corona pandemy ravage the world (as it has for almost a year), and all social activities are shut down due to the need for social distancing, I believe that we have to look forward to a time when we can meet and spend time together unrestricted: The time after Corona. This is why I keep writing music, and arranging recurring sales; because it reminds me of how fun it is to play with others.

Stay safe everybody! I wish all of you visiting here the best.

P.S The contact form on my site is still not working properly, and I’m working to solve the issue. If anyone would want to make contact, there is an e-mail address given in the “Instructions” column, seen on the right side when viewing the individual products. D.S

New arrangement in the shop

I laughed when I learned of the expression “buckle polisher” (a slow dance, maybe more at the end of the night) from an online friend some months ago, when I asked at an internet forum for new ideas on what to compose or arrange for Big Band. A term both self explanatory and a euphemism that the English vernacular is full of, and that I, as not having English as a native tongue, really enjoy to learn as deeper understanding of how a language is used to create meanings beyond the mere exchange of phrases.

Now I have arranged my version of what a “buckle polisher” could be: An arrangement for two featured trombone soloists of the song “But Beautiful”. Being a trombonist myself, I really should have written such a piece long ago, but I – obviously – needed someone from the outside to point me in that direction.

From today, this new arrangment is available in the web shop, and I sincerely hope that I have produced an arrangement that will be both rewarding for the band and the soloists, as well as for the dancing audience at the end of the night.

September ending

September seems to be a month in-between; it’s the month which can be very much autumn-like, but can also be warm, humid and strongly resembling a late August – not yet autumn, not still summer. In Sweden, this year’s September has been warm and humid, with trees still green and many plants still finding the strength to mount flowers. I’ve even seen bumblebees flying about; almost into October!

On my part, I’ve had to invest in a new double case for my alto and tenor trombones. I used my old case intensively and daily for some twelve years before it got so worn that it could no longer be in use, and now a new double case – pictured here – has entered my service. I hope it will be a good and long lasting investment.

Here in Sweden, some big bands have begun to cautiously rehearse again, and I sincerely hope that the infection spreading will slow down over the coming months, to make more regular rehearsing and performing possible; but – as has become customary this year – we’ll have to wait and see…… Nevertheless, I am working on some new charts that soon will be published here upon completion.

Stay safe everybody! I wish all of you visiting here good health, and that you remain so.

Just a few days left…..

….of the Summer Sale!

This years’ Summer Sale ends on August 31. This means that there still is time to buy some new, unique Big Band charts at a larger discount than usual, due to the all-wrecking Corona pandemy. 30% off on all compositions, and 25% off on all arrangements.

Also: Check out the promotional charts available for free downloading in the section “Charts for free”, to get a taste of what my writing is like.

I really hope the pandemy will subside, and that orchestral activities can go back to something like normal.

I wish all you visiting here to stay safe!

The promises of July

July is a wonderful summer month – if you’re on the part of the planet that has summer in July, of course. To me, July brings a sense of maturity, hope and an interesting intermission between the everydays of the rest of the year; I get the feeling that July is the time to plan ahead, lay out ideas and to form wishes. Maybe all this is because July is a month for vacationing and relaxation, so that ideas and plans can be pondered and matured in calm and peace. Anyway: I firmly believe that activity must be paired with rest to be fruitful and useful; especially in the long run.

Right now, the Corona virus pandemy is putting a stop on much planning, many ideas and a lot of activity, and I hope that it will wane and vanish soon without many more having to suffer and die.

The summer sale is, with or without planning, under way. Take the opportunity to buy superbly sounding and excitingly playing Big Band charts at a discount. This year the abatement is larger than usual; 30% on all compositions, and 25% on all arrangements.

I wish all of you visiting here, a healthy and prosperous summer. Stay safe everybody!

These long summer nights

Late June, early July, is in Sweden the time of long, bright nights where it feels like sunset is never happening. It’s the time of vacationing; to rest, recover and to just be lazy. I love this time of the year.

After a really tough spring for everybody and with the Corona pandemy far from over, I hope these long, romantic nights of June and July can bring rest, respite and recuperation for us all. I, on my behalf, plan on being at my summer house for as many weeks as possible, to get away from the city’s noise and bustle.

The summer sale is fully under way. Take the opportunity to buy unique and stimulating big band charts at a discount to reinvigorate your band’s repertoire for when it’s possible to have rehearsals again. The reduction this year is more than usual because of the special circumstances, and the sale prices are now 25% off on all arrangements, and 30% off on all compositions.

I wish all you visiting here a great Summer!