Home Music Articles Forums Blog Chat More...      

Railroad Jazz


Get Flash to see this player.

Description
This is "I've Been Workin' On The Railroad." When I teach my elementary music kids, I often sing this with them, while I play acoustic guitar.

I am playing live piano on this track. Piano sound is Synthogy Ivory "Jazz C7" running through GB via a DP workaround. I added a little high freq. to the piano sound with the Audio Unit Effects AUGraphicEQ in GarageBand. Tell me if you think the piano sound is too shrill now. I just wanted to make the piano pop out a bit more. Is it too much?

Bass is from SonicBoomBox. Drum loops are, too. The whole thing is mixed down in GB2.
Leave a Comment
You must be registered and logged-in to comment.
Song Stats
Hits: 6993
Comments: 19
Fans: 9
Plays: 698
Downloads: 317
Votes: 20
Uploaded: Apr 09, 2005 - 12:51:10 AM
Last Updated: Apr 08, 2005 - 10:30:27 PM Last Played: Apr 09, 2019 - 06:14:55 PM
Song License
Creative Commons License:
Attribution-NoDerivs-NonCommercial

Creative Commons

Song Actions
share on facebook share on twitter download song
Comments
Magritte said 5245 days ago (April 9th, 2005)
Yet another great arrangement.
You are ridiculously talented.

I like the piano sound myself, I think it sounds like a live performance. Don't really know if I'd recognize a "too shrill" piano though.
Check out my latest song called Tango Macabre
Heidi_E said 5245 days ago (April 9th, 2005)
Brilliant
This is one of the best jazz songs i've heard in a long
time. I won't say jazz is my favourite genres but I know
when i hear something great.
( not particularly a fan of the artwork)
Check out my latest song called Your love for me
John Stebbe said 5244 days ago (April 9th, 2005)
Brilliant
Thank you so much, Heidi E. By the way, that "album artwork" came from
AppleWorks Clip Art. Not the snazziest image in the world, but hey, it was
free, and it was legal!
Check out my latest song called Midwest States Song
said 5245 days ago (April 9th, 2005)
Not Shrill to Me
Fun arrangement, excellent playing.
Tom Atwood said 5245 days ago (April 9th, 2005)
Bright
but not shrill. Great chops, but I am also very impressed
with the drums. Quite a brush sound from loops. Fun
stuff. How many times have you heard someone say, 'I
wish I could play like you!' (?)
Check out my latest song called Vanishing Pezzicato
bronco said 5245 days ago (April 9th, 2005)
Lucky Kids
I wish my elementary school had someone like you. I
didn't start playing an instrument until I was 19 but
perhaps someone like you would have sparked an earlier
interest. By the way, this melody is also used for the
official song of the University of Texas, "The Eyes of
Texas". If you are ever in Texas I'm not so sure you
should play the jazzed up version, they take this song
kind of serious down here. The lyrics:
The Eyes of Texas are upon you,
All the live long day.
The Eyes of Texas are upon you,
You can not get away.
Do not think you can escape them
At night or early in the morn-
The Eyes of Texas are upon you
'Till Gabriel blows his horn.

See what I mean - a little bit threatening ehh?
Check out my latest song called Stenosis Commitosis
Joanna said 5244 days ago (April 9th, 2005)
Man, you're good!
Another really cool arrangement of an old familar tune. I
love your style. Fantastic sound!
Check out my latest song called Baby, It's Cold Outside
TobinMueller said 5244 days ago (April 9th, 2005)
For the kid in us all
So light and cool, never overplayed. Just right. For the
kid in is all. In headphones, the piano EQ sound right on,
not too shrill at all. Even across the keyboard and, again,
well played.
Check out my latest song called Momentary Undertow
Scorpjammer said 5244 days ago (April 9th, 2005)
I think I can, I think I can!...
When I hear your jazz renditons of children's tunes, all I can say is that what Vince Guaraldi's done for the Peanuts cartoon series, you do for your school students everyday. There should be a jazz music award for that, really....something like "The Bluenote Community Service Award." You should be officially commended for your work.
Check out my latest song called Christmas Time Is Here
thetiler said 5244 days ago (April 9th, 2005)
Thanks for sharing your great talent here
Your playing is very pleasant to hear. A real treat.
Nice pic too.

You got my head moving back and forth while I am typing
listening to your throughly enjoyable tune. Nice ending.

Good going
Check out my latest song called They Went Underground
Mystified said 5244 days ago (April 9th, 2005)
Working on the railroad...
..never sounded so good!

Fabulous! Keep making these tunes available.

(Now, if you and Joanna would just do a collaboration
together....!)


Check out my latest song called Elevated--Miss Chaos/Mystified vox
Mr. S said 5244 days ago (April 9th, 2005)
ooooo....
jazzy are we, the beginning made me feel like a bad ass-
Sherlock Homes feel. Really smooth and classy. Good
job!!!

S
Check out my latest song called MacJammer's Tribute
joel c. said 5244 days ago (April 9th, 2005)
Envy.
could you write down the chord progressions for me?
haha


i'm trying to catch the scale you're running up and down
and the keys you're mixing... never really gotten to
learning 'standard jazz' after starting electronic music.
maybe because of you i just might.


Check out my latest song called Intergalactic Love Affair
John Stebbe said 5244 days ago (April 9th, 2005)
Envy.
Thank you, Joel.

If the scale you mean is the one that happens about 30 seconds in, that's a
whole-tone scale. C#, D#, F, G, A, B, C#, etc.

One well-known jazz tune uses that scale is Billy Strayhorn's "Take The 'A'
Train." That was the Duke Ellington Orchestra's theme song for many years.
I love that tune. If you look up that tune, and want to find that chord/scale,
it's the second chord after the melody begins.

The "A-Train" whole tone scale sounds the same, but it starts on D, so it ends
up being D E F# G# A# C D etc.

The whole tone scale is an easy way to "jazz up" (heh, heh!) a song. I find
that it is most useful substituting for a II7 chord.

Bandleader Lawrence Welk uttered a famous faux pas when his orchestra was
about to play the tune, and he introduced it as "Take A Train."
Check out my latest song called Midwest States Song
alley-oop said 5244 days ago (April 9th, 2005)
Made me melt into my chair
Such a nice groove. Has a real natural sound. You play so
well. Also, the art at the top is great. I'm glad I listened.
Check out my latest song called rain
John Stebbe said 5243 days ago (April 10th, 2005)
Made me melt into my chair
Thanks, Alley-oop. My dad used to read the comic strip Alley-Oop when he
was a kid.
Check out my latest song called Midwest States Song
daphna said 5243 days ago (April 10th, 2005)
very nice playing
thanks for posting this, I really enjoyed it. The piano
sounds fine too me.
Check out my latest song called It's Christmas Time
John Stebbe said 5243 days ago (April 10th, 2005)
very nice playing
Thanks, Daphna. I've been checking out your tracks. You are one awesome
talent. You make it all seem easy!
Check out my latest song called Midwest States Song
EdensEve said 5238 days ago (April 16th, 2005)
Simply fun
This is really fun. Although I know jazz is never simple,
this is simply fun.
Artist Info
artist photo
Name: John Stebbe
Location: Indianapolis Indiana USA
send a note
I am a public elementary school music teacher in Indianapolis. I also direct the children's choirs at our church. I love to play piano. I play solo piano jobs around town, and also lead a jazz trio (piano, bass, drums). I was born in 1959. ... [see more]

Check out some of my other songs:

Chat
Who's Online
Invisible Members: 0
Visitors: 98
Links