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Basement Musings

Basement Musings
(1978 - 2004)

Music and instruments by Joel Hill
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Granola (3:12)
This is the original "Granola" which was written way back in the day at VA Tech when homework was an optional distraction for me. Bob Parker was my roommate at the time which meant that we ate a lot of tree bark that he called granola.
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Circa '78 (2:18)
The guitar sequence in this tune was written sometime around 1978, hence the title. I recorded it, along with the new "string" movement and drums, a few months ago. It sort of sounds like Yanni playing Bolero!
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Bed & Breakfast (1:26)
Bed & Breakfast was originally written while in college and subsequently updated for Hillary’s Senior Choreography. The more recent melody was also “borrowed” from “Variations on Granola” to help promote a common thread throughout the project. “Bed & Breakfast” is the type of guitar ditty you would expect to hear in a bed & breakfast somewhere on the Northwest coast of Washington.
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Carmel (1:42)
Carmel-By-The-Sea is a romantic little seaside village on the central California Pacific Coast. I wrote “Carmel” as a tribute to my wife and for the memories I hold dear of our visits there.
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Leave Me Be (3:56)
This, like many of my other tunes is starved for lyrics. Maybe one day. In the mean time, “Leave Me Be” is the attitude that I feel this song conveys.
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What Could Go Wrong (3:49)
“What Could Go Wrong” is a politically oriented song sung from the perspective of our current and fearless leader. The consistent temper of the verse represents the “message” as it applies to foreign or domestic policy and the cadence at the break suggests that we are all to march to the same drummer.
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Bonus Songs

Variations on Granola (5:23)
One of my proudest musical accomplishments is the 93 that Hillary and I received on her Senior Choreography (a.k.a.: final exam) at the Alabama School of Fine Arts (ASFA). Hillary asked if I would write and record the music for her project and I was more than happy to comply for a number of reasons. First, it brought us closer together. Although I wrote the original “Granola” while in college, Hillary was instrumental (no pun intended) in the selection of sounds for the project and in the final musical arrangement. The seven chimes, for example, that begin the piece each introduce one of the seven dancers. Secondly, the project was the genesis of the basement corner studio! The melody for “Variations on Granola” is repeated throughout the entire suite of songs that were written for the project which helps instill a common theme. The other songs in the suite include “A La Carte’” and Bed & Breakfasts.

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A La Carte
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A La Carte’ is the second movement of in the Senior Choreography. The melody is borrowed from “Variations on Granola” and the “splashes of sound” (high guitar riff) were Hillary’s idea to help update the tune. My biggest challenge in recording this particular piece was the 3 minute drum solo (a la; Iron Butterfly’s “Ina Gadda da Vida”) at ends the song that Hillary requested.
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Still Here (5:59)
Still Here is about lifelong friendships.  As the song suggests, bits and pieces of the song itself are borrowed and returned.  The listener may recognize the basis of the song from "Bed & Breakfast" by Joel Hill.  Bob Parker "borrowed" his friend Joel's song and improved it by adding his own melody, lyrics and chorus.  Together, they recorded the final version of "Still Here."
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