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The Rose of Kelvingrove


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Philip18

 Genre: Acoustic

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This song came about when I read a poem written by Bill Hannan, my teacher of English and French at Moreland High School in the late 60s. Our lives have intersected a few times since then, the most recent being when my brother started publishing Bill's verses on his FilmAlert blog. I thought they deserved a website of their own, and helped set one up (https://billhannanblog.wordpress.com). One of the latest verses is "the rose of Kelvingrove" which I thought beautifully moving. I put some music to it and here is the result.

My thanks to Bill for allowing me to put his poem to music, and to Peter Bowen and Peter Thorneycroft for their comments and suggestions on the first mix.

The track is made up of a Maton FG 100 playing the main backing (two tracks recorded simultaneously acoustically and plugged in). The two E strings are tuned down a tone. A nylon strung Gibson and a bass line fill things out. The coda started with a midi file of The Rose of Kelvingrove which I modified a little and added my guitar and bass.

I hope you enjoy listening!

Lyrics by Bill Hannan

the rose of Kelvingrove

I sang a song to her
the morning that she died
it seemed a common day
but she wanted me by her side

I know now she had seen
the darkness coming down
I suppose that’s why she asked me
not to leave her alone

she moved through the fair
was the song I sang to her
and it was the last song
I would sing for my dear

please put on my air she said
you know the one I love
I will I said and played
the Rose of Kelvingrove

pipers’ airs are sad airs
and the saddest is the Rose
as it played she went away
and sadly her eyes I closed
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Uploaded: Jan 12, 2017 - 07:42:25 PM
Last Updated: Jan 12, 2017 - 08:00:25 PM Last Played: Mar 21, 2017 - 06:09:39 PM
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Hardware:
Maton FG 100 steel strung acoustic guitar
Gibson nylon
Fender Squier bass
Software:
Logic Pro
Comments
Fire_Angel said 107 days ago (January 12th, 2017)
An elegant tune.
Unexpected twists in the music are always a nice touch, the woodwind instrument was certainly that. A beautiful ending to a lovely little expression of love.
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Philip18 said 107 days ago (January 12th, 2017)
Thanks
Glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for listening and for taking the time to comment - much appreciated!
gadzooks said 107 days ago (January 12th, 2017)
The Rose of Kelvingrove
Phillip! real nice. Goosebumps from your acoustic playing but it's your voice that really gets me. What a sweet ending. Not long enough. I wanted to hear more. Well done.
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Philip18 said 107 days ago (January 12th, 2017)
Thanks
Thanks Stan - those comments mean a lot to me. Too short you think? I'll have to get Bill to write some longer ballads!
mystrag said 106 days ago (January 12th, 2017)
The rose
A lovely and moving song, Philip. The coda becomes the song really well. Thanks.
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Philip18 said 106 days ago (January 13th, 2017)
Thanks
I appreciate the comments, Jay, as I'm sure Bill will, too. Thanks for stopping by!
jfisenne said 106 days ago (January 13th, 2017)
The Rose of Kelvingrove
Wonderful guitar playing with moving lyrics make this song a gem. Much enjoyed.
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Philip18 said 106 days ago (January 13th, 2017)
Thanks
Glad you enjoyed - thanks for the comments, they are much appreciated!
PeterB7858 said 106 days ago (January 13th, 2017)
The Rose of Kelvingrove
Love that descending riff that leads into this lovely adaption of Bill's emotive poem. The Maton is sounding great and your melody, chord progression and arrangement are wonderfully chosen and serve the poem faithfully. The woodwind midi to carry thing out was a very pleasant surprise and nicely done. A fine post, my friend. Talk soon.
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Philip18 said 106 days ago (January 13th, 2017)
Thanks
I'm sure Bill will be pleased with your comments - as am I! Yes, see you soon!
Narad said 106 days ago (January 13th, 2017)
The Rose of Kelvingrove
Very nice work ! I wish you and your family a happy new year ! :)
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Philip18 said 106 days ago (January 13th, 2017)
Thanks
Thanks for the comment and your good wishes, Harald! Happy New Year to you, too!
sammydix said 106 days ago (January 13th, 2017)
After
the first verse, I just closed my eyes and enjoyed. Flutes, very very nice touch. Ended too soon.
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Philip18 said 106 days ago (January 13th, 2017)
Thanks
That's good, Sammy! Thanks for listening and for the comment - much appreciated!
Franciscus_Henri said 106 days ago (January 13th, 2017)
beautiful
it touches on my own experience of singing my mother "home"
I agree with others that its somewhat short. there is a lot of room there to extend the piece especially with the fabulous sound you got with the guitars.
Apart from that...going down the poetry road is a great experience.
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Philip18 said 105 days ago (January 14th, 2017)
Thanks
Glad it resonated with you. The length doesn't worry me, but I'd be interested to hear your thoughts on what else might be done with it. See you soon!
richard13 said 105 days ago (January 14th, 2017)
Beautiful, Philip
very beautiful. Needless to say, it brought a large tear to my eye. The poem is superb but the song is sublime. Thanks, mate.
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Philip18 said 105 days ago (January 14th, 2017)
Thanks
I'm pleased you think I've done Bill's poem justice, Richard. Thanks for the comments - they are much appreciated.
Vic Holman said 105 days ago (January 14th, 2017)
Rose of Kelvingrove
you do a great job of capturing the acoustic tone, plus great playing as well.
great vocals as well, plus the ending with the flutes is really nice touch!
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Philip18 said 105 days ago (January 14th, 2017)
Thanks
High praise, Vic - and it is much appreciated! Thanks for stopping by.
paul f. page said 104 days ago (January 15th, 2017)
Such a beautiful expression....
...of love. The "tenor" of the verses is extremely sad, but the tune and accompaniment you've given to those words elevate them to really a celebration of love much more than a lament. To me, this is a very clever and refined way to express loss without being maudlin. ... Your wonderful guitar style is also on full display here...always a pleasure to hear. And, as I have said many times before, your vocal is so easy and comfortable and inviting that I just don't want it to stop. What a beautiful song. I so enjoyed hearing it this evening.
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Philip18 said 104 days ago (January 15th, 2017)
Thanks
They're very warm and generous comments, Paul, and I thank you very much for them.
VicDiesel said 104 days ago (January 15th, 2017)
Rose of....
Very nice tune. Kudos on the use of an Irish whistle (however sampled) at the end.

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Philip18 said 104 days ago (January 15th, 2017)
Thanks
I appreciate the comment on the tune, Vic.

And then there's the bass... I left it up to Ozone to sort it out, but I can see more needs to be done. I feel a message to Chris Flynn coming on.
Warren Smith said 104 days ago (January 15th, 2017)
Elegance
Touching final moment put into song. Nicely played and sung (with the aptly elegant light touch on the strings and the vocals).

My only contrary comment is about the coda. Its extension of the song seems more like an after-thought than a natural augmentation. I get that you are presenting the piping of the air - it's a great conclusion. I think it's the deliberate pause between the end of the song and the start-up of the coda .. with the coda then being too short (at just one phrasing of it). I would like to hear it go right into the piping .. with a slightly more emotional second line building on the first .. before fading away in the dying light. Well - just my thoughts - for whatever they're worth : )
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Philip18 said 104 days ago (January 15th, 2017)
Thanks
Glad you enjoyed the song, Warren. Interesting comments on the coda - I'll think about that for future versions of this song.
DWL said 103 days ago (January 16th, 2017)
Beautifully done
You've framed the poem really well.

Very sad and something many of us can relate to I think.


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Philip18 said 103 days ago (January 16th, 2017)
Thanks
Glad I did justice to the poem, Dick. Thanks for the comments - much appreciated!
Hickling_Stan said 103 days ago (January 16th, 2017)
Rose
A really engaging accompaniment to such a sad lyric and such a great vocal delivery. Much enjoyed. Cheers
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Philip18 said 103 days ago (January 16th, 2017)
Thanks
Glad you enjoyed it, Mark. Thanks for listening and for the positive comment - much appreciated!
Calchas said 103 days ago (January 16th, 2017)
"She moved through the fair"...
---a very appropos reference Philip.

Very lovely. Very sad... but then I've always been a sucker for a sad song.

Be well bro!
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Philip18 said 103 days ago (January 16th, 2017)
Thanks
Glad you enjoyed it, Michael. Thanks for stopping by!
Hydrogen3 said 103 days ago (January 16th, 2017)
brought tears
very nice!
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Philip18 said 102 days ago (January 16th, 2017)
Thanks
It is a poem full of emotion. Thanks for listening and for the comment - much appreciated!
jiguma said 101 days ago (January 18th, 2017)
Not sure how you do it Philip!
You seem to have a constant string of classy, originals in your pocket. This is another. I like the connection between teacher/pupil going on for such a long time - Bill must be pretty pleased with your development ;)
Just a great tune - the coda sounds great.
Cheers,
Neil
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Philip18 said 101 days ago (January 18th, 2017)
Thanks
Bill might not be so pleased with my development if he heard me speak French, Neil, but I think he's pleased with this musical effort! Thanks for listening - as always, much appreciated.
oldlibmike said 101 days ago (January 18th, 2017)
Beautiful and sad
Very nice transition at the end. Beautiful piece.
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Philip18 said 100 days ago (January 19th, 2017)
Thanks
I appreciate the positive comments, Michael - thanks for stopping by!
Bob Rodgers said 97 days ago (January 22nd, 2017)
A
lovely piece Philip.
Very much enjoyed!
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Philip18 said 97 days ago (January 22nd, 2017)
Thanks
That's good, Bob - thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment!
KCsGROOVE said 96 days ago (January 23rd, 2017)
beautiful
a great poem and so is the music..
just beautiful!
KC
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Philip18 said 96 days ago (January 23rd, 2017)
Thanks
Kind words, KC, which are much appreciated.
Dragonas said 56 days ago (March 4th, 2017)
Well done
A sad song (in the best kind of way).
Great songwriting and great performance.
Loved the woodwinds at the end.
Cheers!
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Philip18 said 53 days ago (March 7th, 2017)
Thanks
Glad you liked it! Thanks for listening and for the comments - much appreciated!
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