About my CDs
Composer : Gail Selkirk
Instrumentation and Musicians:
Background of the SongBlue Love was written at Humber College as a theory exercise in 1980.
The Gory Details:The assignment involved writing a piece using the pentatonic scale. Except for five notes, Blue Love is completely pentatonic. I experimented with the chord progression to make it less sing-songy, yet still very melodic. I also scored it as a big band arrangement.
My eight glamorous "Gailettes" and I should undoubtedly be performing Blue Love at a swanky New York supper club in a classy black and white 1940's movie. Wearing their satin dresses, the "Gailettes" step forward to sing their a'cappella shout chorus. I, in all my glitter, croon to a mesmerized, star-struck audience.
Lots of dark retro sliding chromaticism lend a shadowy spookiness to the overall musical picture.
Take a listen to Blue Love by clicking on one of the links above. Then download the PDF file that contains the lead/lyric sheet, and try it out!