Judy and Howard Garrett | Piano Miniatures and Ballads

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Piano Miniatures and Ballads

by Judy and Howard Garrett

Many of the piano pieces hark back to the romantic music of the 19th Century.similar to Robert Schumann.
Genre: Classical: Piano solo
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1. Reflections at twilight
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2. On a pond on a windless afternoon
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3. A surprise thunderstorm-and then it was over
1:56 album only
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4. Thinking of years gone by
1:12 album only
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5. A quiet stroll down a country road
1:42 album only
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6. Gazing at the stars in the still of the pitch-black night
2:15 album only
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7. Watching a graceful eagle swoop and soar
5:04 album only
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8. 20th Anniversary song without words
1:48 album only
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9. 24th Anniversary song without words
1:39 album only
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10. 25th Anniversary song without words
3:00 album only
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11. 26th Anniversary song without words
3:58 album only
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12. 27th Anniversary song without words
1:39 album only
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13. Moie Falls
3:51 album only
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14. Hebrew Rhapsody
5:07 album only
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15. Love rules the world
3:05 album only
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16. An hour with you
1:20 album only
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17. Pirate King Song
2:36 album only
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18. Judy's improvisation
1:33 album only
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19. March
1:58 album only
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20. Aldagio
2:43 album only
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21. Allegro
1:58 album only
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22. Presto
1:41 album only
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23. Allegro
4:55 album only
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24. Simple Hymn
2:32 album only
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25. I'm sighin' for my lover
4:43 album only
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26. When first we met
3:33 album only
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27. As love slips by
4:08 album only
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28. My sweet dear mother
3:30 album only

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
About this CD

This CD, a compilation of music created by my wife and best friend, Judy Hosmer Garrett, and myself with the collaboration of a few arrangers and lyricists is the culmination of a longtime dream of mine.
Since Judy is very modest, she would probably object to the nice things I am writing about her. By the time she does read this, these notes will have already been printed. At any rate, Judy is a handweaver, quilter, gardener, and member of an a cappella swing singing quartet. She has been a first-grade teacher, proofreader, copy editor for Harcourt Brace & Jovanovich, manufacturers’ representative specializing in selling kaleidoscopes to gift shops (she was a pioneer in that field), and rural mail carrier. She is also a fine pianist and creator of musical compositions. She composes beautiful music in an instant by improvising whatever musical thoughts she happens to be having at the moment. Unfortunately, many of her terrific musical pieces were never put on paper. She is a wonderful sight reader and can sing a Bach fugue by simply looking at the score. There is one example of her “composition-on-the-spot” on this CD. We also have the pieces she surprised me with as wedding anniversary compositions since she ran out of gift ideas for me.
As for me, I spent a year as a NYC junior high school teacher, then learned about selling the hard way as a salesman, followed by being a District Manager for Britannica Jr. After that 3-year period, I spent the balance of my business career marketing industrial material handling and storage equipment and designing storage layouts for warehouses and factories to a network of 100+ distributors in NY and NJ.
I started creating melodies in my head when I was about seven or so. I’ve had a very long love affair with classical music. I was a member of the Collegiate Chorale of NY under Robert Shaw, have been a classical music appreciationist on WTBQ in Florida, NY, was an assistant to a world- renowned baroque music broadcaster named DeKoven, have been running a free chamber music series in Montgomery, NY, for a few decades, and have led a music lovers’ monthly meeting at our home for over 25 years now.
My first Gilbert & Sullivan performance, when I was 20, was as the Mikado in The Mikado with a professional G&S touring company. After joining the G&S Workshop of Long Island years later in 1966, I sang hundreds of performances of the lead bass roles in their operettas from 1966 to 1978. I’ve included the Pirate King song (mistakes and all) which I sang during my first performance in these shows in 1966.
As much as I’ve enjoyed those activities, I derive even more satisfaction in creating melodies. Over the years I’ve come up with hundreds of original melodies. After amassing a collection of over 25,000 classical records, tapes and CDs, and after extensive listening to serious music since the age of 15, I feel I have a decent knowledge of classical music in general. However, I have an admission to make. I am responsible for the publication of ten books, but never actually wrote one word. I supplied the material mostly to Dover Press from my periodical collection. In a similar way, I have never put a musical note down on paper. Yes, even though I am a professional organist (well, if you want to be technical --organ-grinder to be exact), I am not very good when it comes to sight- reading music. I am even worse at putting my melodies on paper. As I come up with my musical ideas, Judy writes them down for me, even if we‘re simply taking a walk. I take a little solace in realizing a number of opera singers and composers of popular music are in the same boat. Therefore I can’t thank the various people who arranged the melodies on this CD enough. David Stern has a Ph.D and is a music professor and composer living in California, Hollis Kellogg is a renaissance man as well as a pianist who resides in Orange County, NY, and Steve Margoshes is discussed below. Joe Deveau was a musician living in NYC when he arranged two of the songs. In having David and Hollis arrange the two piano suites, I was very fortunate. I knew exactly the style, the feel of the compositions I wanted, and conveyed my ideas to them. Luckily they both liked many of my ideas, and used their individual creative talents in combination with my concept of what I was looking for. It’s an unusual way of co-composing, but it seems to work for me.
The songs were sung by the enormously talented Julie Ziavras. Julie has a superb voice and excels in Greek, opera, and folk songs -- many written by her talented husband, Ken DeAngelo. The pianist playing the songs is Steve Margoshes, a remarkable pianist, composer and orchestrator. He composed the music to “Fame The Musical,” has a new sequel to that show, and has orchestrated a dozen major Broadway musicals. He elaborated on the arrangements and added quite a bit of spice to the arrangement of the songs on this CD as well, as you will hear.
A wonderful pianist, Dr. Ruthanne Schempf, played the Pastoral Suite at a concert series in Cornwall, N.Y. in May 2006. Ruth is a music professor at Marist College and is a highly acclaimed performer at many Hudson Valley musical events. Hollis Kellogg played the Piano Suite No. 2 at the concert series in Montgomery, NY in May, 2006 as well. Incidentally, the suite and performance received a fine review in the Times-Herald Record. There are also two pieces arranged by Hollis and played by an electronic instrument.
We hope you enjoy this CD. You will probably find the piano suites sounding as though they might have been composed during the 19th century. The songs are also in sharp contrast to what you would probably hear today. Judy’s pieces are full of lovely melodies. We truly hope you find this album enjoyable to listen to. If you like it, please let us know. If you don’t like it, please don’t tell anyone else.

Howard Garrett
Montgomery, New York
845 457-9867
hgarrett@hvc.rr.com



Pastoral Suite (1982) -- melodies by Howard Garrett, arranged by David
Stern, played by Ruthanne Schempf

1- Reflections at twilight
2- On a pond on a windless afternoon
3- A surprise thunderstorm -- and then it was over
4- Thinking of years gone by
5- A quiet stroll down a country path
6- Gazing at the stars in the still of the pitch-black night
7- Watching a graceful eagle soar and swoop

Anniversary songs composed and played by Judy Garrett

20th Anniversary Song without Words -- presented at St. Thomas, Virgin Islands
24th Anniversary Song without Words
25th Anniversary Song without Words -- presented at Tallinn, Estonia
26th Anniversary Song without Words -- presented at Maui, Hawaii
27th Anniversary Song without Words -- “It Ain’t Schubert”

Moxie Falls (2007) -- melodies by Howard Garrett, arranged by Hollis
Kellogg
Hebrew Rhapsody (2007) -- melodies by Howard Garrett, arranged by
Hollis Kellogg
The above two pieces are played by an electronic instrument.
Love Rules the World -- melodies by Howard Garrett, arranged by Joseph E.
Deveau, played by Judy Garrett
An Hour With You -- melodies by Howard Garrett, arranged by Joseph E.
Deveau, played by Judy Garrett
Pirate King Song -- Howard’s first of hundreds of performances from 1966- 1978 with the Gilbert and Sullivan Workshop of Long Island

An on-the-spot improvisation by Judy Garrett

Piano Suite No. 2 (2006)-- melodies by Howard Garrett, arranged and
played by Hollis Kellogg in May, 2006
March
Adagio
Allegro
Presto
Allegro

Five songs sung by Julie Ziavras, accompanied by Steve Margoshes

Simple Hymn -- music and words by Howard Garrett, arranged by Hollis Kellogg
I’m Sighin’ for My Lover -- melodies by Howard Garrett, words by
Al Grand; arranged by Hollis Kellogg and Steve Margoshes
When First We Met-- melodies by Howard Garrett, words by Al Grand; arranged by Steve Margoshes
As Love Slips By -- melodies by Howard Garrett, words by Harvey Garrett; arranged by Steve Margoshes
My Sweet, Dear Mother -- melodies by Howard Garrett, words by Howard and Al Grand; arranged by Judy Garrett


Text of songs-

Simple Hymn

We are here in this world for a speck.
On this day let us think and reflect,
And look at the things that mean most,
And be joyful for much we can boast.
Let us gaze at the trees standing tall
And the great hills around us.
Let us bask in nature’s glories;
Let us give our love to all.

I’m Sighin’ for My Lover

I’m sighin’ for my lover
I’m cryin’ from my heart
I’m dyin,’ not lyin’
I’m flyin’ apart.
I tried to forget him
But it’s just no use
He left and I let him
I’ve got no excuse.

I’m achin’ for my lover
It’s breakin’ up my heart
Forsaken, not fakin’
Mistaken, not smart.
In case you should see him
Please tell him that he
Should try to forgive me
And come back to me.

When First We Met

When first we met
I knew that you would be the one
Your glistening eyes and golden hair shone like the sun.
Your lips met mine,
Your kiss divine
Made my world shine
With happy days of golden splendor.

Of one thing I’m sure
My love will endure.
Your heart is so pure
You always will be mine….
Let’s marry some day
And sail far away
And thus will our hearts entwine.

I dream of you,
I saw your lovely face tonight
And in my dreams my love for you
Starts to ignite.
I love your smile;
I like your style.
My thoughts of you
Are always lingering and tender.

Of one thing I’m sure
My love will endure
Your heart is so pure.
You always will be mine.
Let’s marry some day
And sail far away
And thus will our hearts entwine.

As Love Slips By

As love slips by I’ll always wonder why
You went away when you said you would stay.
As love slips through there’s not much I can do.
I made my pledge and now I’m on the ledge.

I’d like to find a way to change your mind
But somehow I know that I should not try.

As love falls out it leaves me with some doubt
That what’s to gain is never worth the pain.
You say our split is your cause you’ll admit
As our love ends
You say that we’ll be friends.

I’d like to find a way to change your mind
But somehow I know that I should not try.

This ledge is high and quite close to the sky,
Below the folks are all so very small.
A jump I’d choose. My whole life I would lose;
I think I’ll stay and try to find a way.

I’d like to find a way to change your mind
But somehow I know that I should not try.

My Sweet, Dear Mother
(Dedicated to the memory of my late dear mother, Sadie Ginsberg)

I have a sweet, dear mother who’s been good to one and all.
Her heart is soft and tender, her soul exudes sweet warmth.
All who know her love her-- the things she says and does;
The caring she shows others is wonderful to see.
In days gone by awhile back I recall when times were bad
My mother struggled bravely and gave us all she had.

I have a loving mother who toiled from sun to sun;
She washed and cooked and ironed, she cared for ev’ry one.
Though little was her schooling, her sweet gray head is wise --
A bright and loving kindness shines in my mother’s eyes.
And now that all her children have children of their own,
They still remember mother and what her life has shown.

My brothers and my sisters can only hope and pray
That we can raise our children in much the same fine way
As did our darling mother those many years ago.
Our sweet and precious mother whose love did overflow.
………………………………..............................................

Mastering and editing --Ken DeAngelis

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