Mason Williams | Sunflower

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by Mason Williams

Classical guitar / accordion + orchestra instrumental with french street music flavor.
Genre: Easy Listening: Orchestral Pop
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1. Sunflower
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The melody for Sunflower is based on the word Cantilever. At one point in my life I was involved in creating ways to create ideas instead of just waiting around for me to think of them. I came up with a concept to use words to create melodies. I came up with a concept to use words to create melodies. I ascribed note values to the letters of the alphabet. "A" was A, "B" was B, "C" C and so on. "H" became A-sharp, "I" became B-sharp, etc. O through U were the flats and the rest I can't remember. I chose the word "cantilever," translated the letters into notes and it came out:


C A G-sharp F-flat B-sharp E-sharp E F-flat E D-flat

I didn't like the melodic effect of the last two intervals, so what the hell, I made the letter "E" a C-sharp and the "R" an F-sharp figured out some chords, wrote a middle section and ended up with a pretty nice melody, patting myself on the back for thinking up yet another way to think without having to think too much about it.

The reason it is called Sunflower instead of Cantilever is that I decided to use it as music for an idea I'd been thinking about: I wanted to draw the world's biggest sunflower and record it on film.

It was to be a slow motion aerial ballet in which an old bi winger aeroplane skywrites ("draws") the stem and leaves of a flower in the sky beneath the sun, the sun itself thereby becoming the flower or blossom.

The event took place early one morning in the California desert with the sky¬writing performed by a Mr. V. E. Noble of Torrance, California, who is regarded as the original inventor of sky writing in the 1920s. Mr. Noble thought this idea crazy enough to come out of retirement to do, and was 67 years old at the time.

I hired a Hollywood photographer to record the event, but he failed to realize the technical difficulties involved in photographing the sun's harsh rays and the film itself never turned out. The sunflower however, was spectacular, it was about 3 miles high and 2 miles across. I did manage to get a couple of black and white photos of it, so it wasn't a total loss. Besides, it only cost $5,000, eight people saw it and it must have lasted a good 40 seconds before the wind blew it all away.



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