Dude CD Extended Liner Notes

Check back as I will be adding info about the making of Dude CD400_out

Chill- The basic structure of this tune was originally written right after the 2003 release of Slayen & Fox Guitar Duo, “Reflections of San Diego,” CD. Ive been performing it live ever since. For  “Dude,” the song received a little re-working from a ‘live’ riff into a complete song.

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Free Again- Free Again was kind of a musical game or challenge to compose. It is centered around what is sometimes known as a ‘phrygian cadence,’ used in many nova flamenco tunes. Being such a popular progression I thought I would play with it a bit. The song modulates a handful of times and not always to related keys. I challenged myself to make all the modulations as natural as possible. The songs starts in an A-minor mode and ends in A-flat minor.  Not a typical progression but I think it works and not jarring to the listener.

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Brown & Green– My daughter’s eyes are brown, my wife’s are green. The base chord progression is Bm-G. I associate Bm with the color brown(sometimes purple) and G with the color green. They were the inspiration for the song although the mood of the song took on a life of its own not so much related to them other than the original influence. This is another tune I have played live for a few years although I just improvised over the changes. All the melodies were composed durning the recording of the CD.

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The Secret- Hmmm mysterious….I could leave it at that…actually the song was originally going to be a ‘secret track,’ at the end of Brown & Green. The song kind of grew into a stand alone song and became its own song. So the working title of ‘secret song’ became The Secret…shhh don’t tell anyone though….its a secret….

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Just Between Us- Wouldn’t be a guitar CD without a solo guitar piece. Just me and the listener…Just Between Us… Odd meters, Travis picking, pull-off riffs, open parallel chords, the kitchen sink…lots of things going on but they flow together.

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Ice Cream

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Jasmine (Sienna’s Song)- When my daughter was little we would always smell the jasmine flowers on out walks. I told her I was going to write a song called Jasmine and hear it is! Based on a simple chord progression with color tones on all chords for an ‘openness’ to the sound of the song. A couple random metered measures because as my recording engineer, Jesse Johnson, would say…”It wouldn’t be a Mike song if it didn’t have some kind of twist.”

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Dude

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Human Nature

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D’ Auria