Saturday, December 28, 2013

Always On My Mind


For Christmas this year, my wife Celia wrote me a beautiful alpha poem that she put in Christmas ornament. Celia is a very talented writer of both non-fiction and short fiction,  and she knows how to craft a small number of words into a beautiful object.  An alpha poem is where the first letter of each line, when put together,  forms a word that defines the subject. In this case the word was "Soulmate". It was my favorite present. It applies as much to her as it does to me. I made a video of her poem and added my jazz piano cover of "Always On My Mind" as my heartfelt yet paltry contribution.   I should make sure that she knows that she is always on my mind....

Soulmate
by Celia Meloni Taylor

Such love is not

Often found, but somehow I have

Uncovered, in a brief chance meeting, a

Love for the ages, and a

Multitude of riches which multiply,

Arriving daily like gifts,

The precious devotion present

Every day of my life.


Always On My Mind


Maybe I didn't treat you
Quite as good as I should have
Maybe I didn't love you
Quite as often as I could have
Little things I should have said & done
I just never took the time

But you were always on my mind
You were always on my mind

Maybe I didn't hold you
All those lonely, lonely times
And I guess I never told you
I'm so happy that you're mine
If I made you feel second best
Girl, I'm sorry I was blind

You were always on my mind
You were always on my mind

Tell me, tell me that your
Sweet love hasn't died
Give me, give me one more chance
To keep you satisfied
Satisfied

Little things I should have said & done
I just never took the time

You were always on my mind
You were always on my mind
You were always on my mind
You were always on my mind

Geek Alert

I fashioned this arrangement using the Michael Buble version as a starting point.  I changed the key to F, which sounded like a better key for a purely instrumental version.  I also gave this a bit more of a gospel sound using a B3 instead of strings to back up the piano trio.  It made the gospel ending sound more like it fits also.  There is also a short double time section which would not have sounded good at all with strings.

Many (most) of the chords are re-harmoinzed.   Thanks to Ed for help on those!  I found in the end that I still needed to add in an extra tritone substitution to give it the bite that I wanted.  It is funny that when I was playing guitar,  I would use tritone substitutions all of the time.  Really,  I overused them because they seemed so natural and easy to do on guitar.  On the piano I have to force myself to remember to use them on the right occasion  because it doesn't seem as natural.   All part of the learning process I suppose...