Hello friends – I’m back with another installment of “Behind the Tracks“, a series of stories behind the music on my new album “Enter The Fadolín” (available now as a download, as a home-made autographed CD-R, and a collection of sheet music).
This time it’s about a track called “Playground Móòd” — hear it below:
“Playground Móòd” was improvised as a sketch on a school playground in Parsippany NJ, in the (relatively) early days of the pandemic, on April 25 2020. Schools were out, the streets deserted — that day, New York City recorded nearly 400 tragic COVID-related deaths. At the city’s playgrounds, basketball hoops were dismantled to encourage social distancing — but in suburban New Jersey, it was still possible to find a hoop and a quiet place to play, for the moment. My wife and I were trying to find opportunities for our kids to stay physically active, while I was looking for ways to remain creative and to practice my new fadolín. In the original sketch, below, you can hear our kids bouncing a basketball in the background, and people coming up to me saying “we’ve never seen a real violin before” — little did they know that it was a fadolín, but…
Months later, playing this tune again in our neighborhood on the Upper West Side, I found ways to expand it beyond its original 1-minute length. I feel that the longer version pays some hommage to the work of Alfred Schnittke, a composer I revere.
Here’s a sketch of “Playground Móòd” as it was posted to instagram, below:
Enjoy and thank you!
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