Someone to Watch Over Me

Robert Brereton
2000-08-00
Traditional

Story

A great tune learned from a time when I played with hammered dulcimer player, Jean Lewis. This arrangement features Tom & Geri White playing back-up.
Robert Brereton - dulcimer
2000-08-00
Duke Ellington (1899-1974)

Story

A tune I arranged for a student, Rhoda Lubalin. Most of the contemporary tunes in this collection were arranged for her. Larry Packer, an amazing fiddle player, nailed this in one take.

Lyrics

Although this is instrumental on the recording, I thought I'd include the lyrics here on the website.
Lyrics - Duke Ellington
Missed the Saturday dance Hear they crowded the floor Couldn't bear it without you Don't Get Around Much Anymore Though i'd visit the club Got as far as the door They'd have asked about you Don't Get Around Much Anymore Darling I guess my mind's more at ease But nevertheless Why stir up memories Been invited on dates Might have gone but what for Awf'lly diff'rent without you Don't Get Around Much Anymore. Missed the Saturday dance Hear they crowded the floor Couldn't bear it without you Don't Get Around Much Anymore Though i'd visit the club Got as far as the door They'd have asked about you Don't Get Around Much Anymore Darling I guess my mind's more at ease But nevertheless Why stir up memories Been invited on dates Might have gone but what for Awf'lly diff'rent without you Don't Get Around Much Anymore.

Robert Brereton
2000-08-00
Turlough O'Carolan (1670-1738)

Story

Irish composer Turlough O'Carolan was in love with Bridget Cruise. This is one of several pieces he wrote for her. I wrote the counter melody in the background played by Ray Holland on oboe. Peter Lewy improvised the cello parts. Peter put down several tracks. We couldn't figure out which one we like the best, so we thought we'd see what all the tracks together sounded like. I was happy with the result.
For More info on O'Carolan see the Wikipedia article at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turlough_Carolan
Robert Brereton
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Robert Brereton
2000-08-00
Shaker Hymn, South Union, KY, 1838

Story

I first saw this tune in a book of Shaker hymns I borrowed from friend and fellow dulcimer player, Thomasina Levy. (http://www.thomasina.net). I loved the haunting minor melody, although the words are a bit severe. My arrangement is included in Neal Hellman's "Music of the Shakers for Dulcimer" published by Mel Bay (http://www.melbay.com/contents.asp?ProductID=96468&Heading;=&category;=&catID;=&head1;=&head2;=⊂=&sub1;=&author;=&mode;=&base;=&q=&r=&s=&next;=)

Lyrics

Although this is instrumental on the recording, I thought I'd include the lyrics here on the website.
Lyrics - Shaker Hymn
My carnal life I will lay down Because it is depraved. I'm sure on any other ground I never can be saved. My haughty spirit I'll subdue, I'll seek humiliation, And if I'm true my work to do I know I'll find salvation.
Robert Brereton
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Robert Brereton
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Robert Wadsworth Lowry (1826-1899)

Story

On my recording, I incorrectly cited this as a traditional Quaker hymn. It was actually written by Robert Wadsworth Lowry, an American Baptist Minister. Lowry also wrote the famous hymn "Shall We Gather At The River" among others. The lyrics most commonly used today, however, are from a version Pete Seger learned from Doris Plenn, who learned it from her North Carolina family.

Lyrics

Although this is instrumental on the recording, I thought I'd include the lyrics here on the website. Lyrics - Robert Wadsworth Lowry (1860) My life flows on in endless song; Above earth’s lamentation I hear the sweet though far off hymn That hails a new creation: Through all the tumult and the strife I hear the music ringing; It finds an echo in my soul— How can I keep from singing? What though my joys and comforts die? The Lord my Savior liveth; What though the darkness gather round! Songs in the night He giveth: No storm can shake my inmost calm While to that refuge clinging; Since Christ is Lord of Heav’n and earth, How can I keep from singing? I lift mine eyes; the cloud grows thin; I see the blue above it; And day by day this pathway smoothes Since first I learned to love it: The peace of Christ makes fresh my heart, A fountain ever springing: All things are mine since I am His How can I keep from singing? ___________________________ Version made popular by Pete Seeger My life flows on in endless song Above earth's lamentation. I hear the real, thought far off hymn That hails the new creation Above the tumult and the strife, I hear the music ringing; It sounds an echo in my soul How can I keep from singing? What through the tempest loudly roars, I hear the truth, it liveth. What through the darkness round me close, Songs in the night it giveth. No storm can shake my inmost calm While to that rock I'm clinging. Since love is lord of Heaven and earth How can I keep from singing? When tyrants tremble, sick with fear, And hear their death-knell ringing, When friends rejoice both far and near, How can I keep from singing? In prison cell and dungeon vile Our thoughts to them are winging. When friends by shame are undefiled, How can I keep from singing?
Robert Brereton
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Robert Brereton
2000-08-00
George Gershwin (1898-1937), Lyrics - Ira Gershwin (1896-1983)

Story

This song sill gets me choked up every time I play it.

Lyrics

Although this is instrumental on the recording, I thought I'd include the lyrics here on the website. There's a saying old says that love is blind Still we're often told "seek and ye shall find" So I'm going to seek a certain girl I've had in mind Looking everywhere, haven't found her yet She's the big affair I cannot forget Only girl I ever think of will regret I'd like to add her initial to my monogram Tell me where's the shepherd for this lost lamb There's a somebody I'm longing to see I hope that she turns out to be Someone who'll watch over me I'm a little lamb who's lost in a wood I know I could always be good To one who'll watch over me Although she may not the girl some men think of As handsome to my heart She carries the key Won't you tell her please to put on some speed Follow my lead, oh how I need Someone to watch over me Someone to watch over me
Robert Brereton
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Rob Brereton
2000-00-00
Vicenzo Galilei (1525-1591)

Story

I originally learned this on classical guitar in college. The drone of D-A-d made it perfect for dulcimer with four equidistant strings tuned D-A-d-d. The melody is all played on the near treble string. I play the classical guitar accompaniment. Oh yeah, and the finger cymbals too! A note of interest: the composer was Galileo's father, an accomplished musician of his time. There's a bit of history on V. Galilei at http://galileo.rice.edu/fam/vincenzo.html
Robert Brereton
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Robert Brereton
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