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04 How Would It All Fit?

04 How Would It All Fit?
Dan Nettles: Guitars
Rick Lollar: Acoustic guitar
Robby Handley: Bass
Marlon Patton: Drums & bathroom fan vent cover
2/4 + 9/8 + 2/4

Composition:
The seed of this song is an ostinato on the note “D” that I repeated in what seemed to be a mysterious rhythm. With repetition I deciphered the pattern to be a morse-code-like figure: 2 eighths 1 quarter, eighth quarter, eighth quarter, eight quarter, 2 eighths 1 quarter. About the time I programmed a drum beat to reflect this I began to hear the “D” as the major third of the Bb chord, and I was off and running, in the end generating all the harmony of the song. It was an interesting figure to strum on the guitar for sure. The melody is a repeated phrase, leaping again in 6ths thru the Bb scale with small embellishments.

For this recording, Marlon is actually clanging a discarded bathroom vent fan vent cover back and forth with one hand while playing drums. The vent cover’s lopsided accents bring out the ostinato.

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