This is a follow-up to my earlier post about music, and is about the songs and tunes that I composed on the piano between approximately six and ten years of age.
The catchiest tune I wrote back then (from one of my earliest compositions) was probably this:
Some songs were dedicated to members of my family. For example, when my cousins Rosemary and Kaye were very young, I wrote songs “Rosemary Rabbit” and “Kaye the Koala”. The two tunes are similar, but I wrote Rosemary’s first. As for the lyrics, I only remember the first lines:
- Rosemary Rabbit ate a carrot on a hollow log.
- Kaye the Koala fell down a tree, and Kaye the Koala broke her knee.
Adult readers might notice that breaking a knee is somewhat less pleasant than eating a carrot, but you musn’t expect a six-year-old to be attentive to such distinctions. Here is the first line from Kaye the Koala. The second line is exactly the same.
I’d like to finish this post by sharing digitised samples from a recording that I made back then. I have chosen three excerpts to share in this manner.
- A tune that was supposed to represent a journey to the moon and back. I forget the precise details, but part of it represented meeting a moon monster at the bottom of a crater and running away from it. There were never any lyrics. Notice the allusions to the Doctor Who theme tune.
- A song about an ocean-going boat. I suspect that I wrote this out of a desire to compose something using only the black notes on the piano, and afterwards decided that a seagoing theme suited the tune well.
- The Sad Tiger, one of the more popular compositions of my childhood. It never had any lyrics, and like several of my tunes the inspiration came from something or other in the beginner’s piano books from the music lessons I attended at the time.