A conversation in a song stayed
in the back of my mind
The technical definition of a fugue, in music, is: “a contrapuntal composition in which a short melody or phrase (the subject) is introduced by one part and successively taken up by others and developed by interweaving the parts.” I like to think of it, simply, as a conversation in a song. Either with different instruments, or with voices. And an example of that is a song, from the musical “Guys And Dolls”, called “Fugue for the Tinhorns.”
They had a conversation in a song…about a horse.
It’s been so long since I saw the movie, but I can remember this song from “Guys And Dolls.” And Stubby Kaye, a fairly round guy, sang the main part, with a couple of other guys jumping in. Here’s their conversation:
The only reason I bring up the movie and the song is because of those two little words. Can do. They’re part of a song I recently wrote called “I Can Do.” It’s part of an optimistic collection of songs I’ve been putting together for a licensing project.
Apparently positive words and music are “a thing” when it comes to ads, certain movies, and other places where songs are included. Go figure.
And I figure, since I’m basically a positive guy, why not write a bunch of positive songs and put ’em all together?
Sounds good, right? Or should I say, sounds positive?
Anyway…here are some of the lyrics to “I Can Do.” And if you’re a Rhyme and Reason Podcast listener, you’ll hear some of this in this episode.
I know the morning sun will shine,
And so, Iâ€™ll draw another line.
Iâ€™ll keep a box of all my most important things
Inside my heart where they can be
A constant song of joy to me.
I love the sound of optimism when it sings.
I can doâ€¦what I need to. I know itâ€™s so. So, I can do.
One last thing…I didn’t write my latest songs to promote the power of positivity. Because there’s no actual positive power apart from the Creator of music. In fact, when you focus on your own power, and leave God out of the equation, you won’t go far.
But you can look into it and see how right I am about it, or you can ignore it at your peril.
Grab someÂ Merch
Or how about some music for kids