Thank you Moondog

During the recording of the double album “Sweet Child” I realised that all the other members had included solo tracks so Iset about doing one track myself.

Many year earlier I first heard some percussion work by “MOONDOG” recorded live on the street where he played every day in New York City.The material was of great interest to me as he used unusual time signatures.

When I was having drum lessons and since Iived outside London I traveled by train and listened carefully to the rhythm of the wheels in contact with the track which i tribute to listening to MOONDOG.

Moondog in New york
When I recorded my solo track i wanted to honour the great man so my wife Jill and I sat up all night to try to come up with something suitable. At the time i was unaware of his classical compositions some of which were recorded by the New York Symphony Orchestra.

In his personal life he was blind and traveled on foot across the City unaided dressed as a Viking and since te played on the corner of the street next to Carnegie Hall some of the musicians passed by and set up a performance of his work.

A few years ago Danny Thompson brought him over to England to present & record him.

Thanks Moondog for helping me understand the pleasure of other time signatures (there is more to music than 4 4 )

Best wishes Terry.


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