Mason Williams | Gypsy Noodle

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Gypsy Noodle

by Mason Williams

Pop classical hybrid, featuring classical guitar, violin, and electric guitar improv solos + orchestra.
Genre: Pop: Pop
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GYPSY NOODLE is a sort of Russian Gypsy flavored jam tune that has evolved into a piece for classical guitar and orchestra with sections for improv solos by members of the band. The melody came to me one night in 1970, as I was noodling around on the guitar. I continued to noodle around with it while riding to and from various gigs on the road. It was especially fun to play with friends when I lived in Santa Fe, New Mexico. All you had to do was drink a little Mescal, light up the pipe, stare into the fire, link up with the gypsy in your soul, noodling around in A Minor.
We used to play music almost every night in Santa Fe after supper, especially during the cold New Mexico winter, and Gypsy Noodle got to be one of the favorite jam tunes.
The tune stayed loose for a while, sort of seeking its own level; then I got an opportunity to write a piece for a CBC Super Special called Guitar which served as a vehicle for the guest guitarists and the orchestra on the show. The guest guitarists were Randy Bachman, Merle Travis, Leona Boyd, Ed Bickert, Bob Mann and Bobby Edwards. It’s sort of along the same lines musically and energy wise as Classical Gas, with one major underlying difference. Classical Gas was written as a guitar solo, but Gypsy Noodle was created for improv solos by guest soloists in mind.
I was always impressed by players who could improvise over a tune’s chord progression. I wasn’t good at it, so most of my music is more crafted over time, not as spontaneous in the moment improv. Although, Tommy Banks, a musician friend from Canada, said he thought composing music was a form of improv. As a composer you are still going through the changes, if not instantly in the moment, you’re going through them, over hours, days, months, years. You’re just putting improv ideas into a crafted piece.
The concept of improvisation is what the universe is based upon. On earth, everything began as an improv, later to become the crafted elements of existence. Since “the one in all is the all in one”, the duality of the cosmos is obviously present in music. The duality of the universe is time & matter, you can’t have one without the other. Matter needs time to decay & transform, & therefor time needs matter to exist as time. Time & matter have a symbiotic relationship. The matter in music is the words & musical notes; the time is the rhythmic flow of the piece. Music is a cosmic paradox: it’s something that isn’t but also is. The solos in this piece are improv based, but solidified as recordings.



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