My 48th Concert

"Ghost Riders in the Sky"

A country-western tune revived in piano rendition

HAIKU, Maui, June 15, 2011 - It arrived on Sunday afternoon, as usual - via a heavenly download.  It happened as Elizabeth and I were driving to the Upcountry Western Fair in Makawao.  "It" was a country-western tune that I started whistling along the way.  The melody was so contagious that even Elizabeth couldn't stop humming it afterward all afternoon.  Yet neither of us knew the song's name. 

When we returned home, I started playing the tune as I "heard" it.  I had this image in my head of a cowboy strumming on a guitar and singing it under a big oak tree.  He then lazily got up, slung his guitar over his shoulder, mounted his horse, and slowly rode off into the sunset. 

The melody was slow, serene, mellow.  Country music is not my typical genre, and I have never heard this tune performed on a piano.  But that doesn't matter.  I'd never heard Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata" performed on Tibetan bowls, either.  That didn't stop me from doing it (see "Moonlight Sonata", Tibetan Bowls, Mar 10).  All music can be beautiful if it comes from the heart.

Just before I was about to record it on Tuesday night, I somehow lucked out and stumbled upon a Johnny Cash version of the song.  It was titled "Ghost Riders in the Sky."  So here it is now, ghosts, cowboys and all, in my piano rendition...

Ghost Riders in the Sky [by Bob Djurdjevic]


Stand by for some more June 14 recordings...

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