Deleted Track: Maple Leaf Rag

May 19, 2011 Uncategorized 1 Comment

Hi all! In the lead up to my new album being released, I thought it might be fun-slash-illuminating-slash-cathartic-for-me to share with you some of the tracks for the new CD that didn’t make the cut.

These are the rejects, the failures, the has-beens and never-weres, the kinds of things usually saved for “Special Edition” DVDs. But since I’m not making a “Handful of Keys: Special Edition,” I thought it was pretty safe to share them with you here in the privacy of our very own Internet.

There are 22 tracks on the final CD, but in reality I recorded 113 takes over three nights – 113! – so there is a lot of music, most of it bad, that the world will never get/be forced to hear. Some tunes, like “Handful of Keys,” got two takes, whereas others like “The Ragtime Dance” got six takes.

As it usually goes with recording sessions, however, having takes doesn’t equal a tune making the album. Perfect example? “Handful of Keys” is on the album, and “The Ragtime Dance” is not.

The first deleted track is an improvisation on Scott Joplin’s “Maple Leaf Rag” in the key of G (the piece is originally scored a half-step higher in Ab). I decided not to include this cut on the album for two reasons: it’s too fast, and I like the one that I did with Bryan (which made it onto the album) a lot better. But! It’s a jaunty rendition of Joplin’s classic, and I hope you get a kick out of it 😀

Maple Leaf Rag in G(ospel)

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One Comment to “Deleted Track: Maple Leaf Rag”

  1. ixM
    Very nice! I'm not good at all when it comes to improvisation. I find it fascinating that people like can do it so naturally. It really sounds great! I played the original version of this rag aswell as the Swipesy Cakewalk on the recorder and I prefer such music (aswell as funny things like film scores) to Baroque music. Somehow it "speaks" much more to me. Will you release other deleted tracks? Bye

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