Saturday, June 8, 2013

Roy's Reel: In Memory of Dad, One Year Later

Dad loved music. He wasn't a musician but he didn't simply listen to music. He took guitar lessons and piano lessons and music theory lessons. He was always bringing instruments into the house when we were kids: bongos, a conga drum, a ukelele, a guitar, a piano, a variety of smaller percussion instruments including a cow bell! Mom probably wasn't too happy about that one. In later life he started singing, first with barbershop quartets, then as a tenor singing choral music. My two siblings and I both appear to have inherited Dad's love of music and, while none of us are musicians, we all stay pretty close to it as a hobby. 

Dad conducting a local string orchestra.
Music in the family extends back at least one generation before Dad. Here's a composition by Dad's mom, Isobel Wilkie, a Scot through and through. She presented a transcription of this song, and five others, to Dad on the occasion of his birthday in 1976. I discovered these songs going through his collection of scores last year shortly after his passing. In memory of Dad on this first anniversary of his death, and in memory of my grandmother, here is my arrangement of Roy's Reel, a traditional Scottish reel.