Just a Flute and a Guitar

Forrest's Seagull guitar and my Haynes flute ...and, yes, that's athletic tape on my embouchure plate. It's there for a reason. :D

I quit playing for decades, my last big formal gig being a World Expo. The political requirements were way too steep to continue. I’m a wall flower in high-end social gatherings, preferring to carry on a discussion with the chair or the drapes rather than with that glittering person who just walked up to congratulate me and ask all sorts of personal questions. Classical music patrons and their ‘need-to-know’s make me squirm and look longingly for the exit.

Forrest struggled for years trying to find other rock musicians willing to commit themselves to excellence. Well, ‘rock’ musician is mostly synonymous with “in it for the sex, booze, drugs, and fame.” Then, suddenly, sometime in the last few years, Forrest turned around and realized that he had a good, dedicated musician right there in the house — a captive session musician who had no escape, never mind that she was trained in classical concert flute and piano.

So he began arranging pieces for us, and, with effort, got me somewhat familiar with electronica. Somewhat. (I’m still struggling with foot switching and remembering that the flute acts like an antenna sometimes, especially with distortion patches.)

When all is said and done, we’re not just some flute tooting along with a guitar. We really don’t do boring, and that’s all because of original custom arrangements and an audio vision of what the piece should sound like, all accomplished by our use of electronics, which can turn the guitar into anything from a harpsichord to a petulant child and the flute into a saxophone, screaming electric guitar, an organ, or a chorus.

Our goal is to make each piece uniquely listenable, even considering that we’re just a flute and a guitar making the music happen.     — D. L. Keur (Dawn)

12 Replies to “Just a Flute and a Guitar”

  1. A wonderful song. The flute can be such a haunting instrument, it deserves more credit for all the power it can bring to music. Cheers, to you both.

    1. Thank you for visiting and for taking the time and effort to comment. I love the sound of the flute, too. I think that’s why I pursued it as my instrument of choice way back when. During the years I wasn’t doing any serious playing, I used to take a flute with me, hike up to the cliffs overlooking where I lived then, and play. It echoed off the stone so wonderfully. I think Forrest matched that effect pretty well when he set of the echo patch for me. Again, thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment.

      1. Masterful.. A great delight as i drift to sleep.. It is truely a treashure.. Thank you for truely a labor of love. 🌹🌹🌹🌹

  2. “Just a Flute and a Guitar” is a humble understatement. You guys really rock well together and you play the flute in a way that reminds me of my favorite vocalists. I’m so excited to see this little project growing, keep up the effort!

    I’m still waiting on Pyramid Song from Radiohead…

    1. Hi, Ken. I mentioned the Pyramid Song from Radiohead to Forrest. I’m not sure he’s yet figured out how to arrange it for successful performance on flute and guitar. Since he’s the guy that has to figure out how to design and write this stuff out in music notation for me to be able to play it, I can just put the requests in. It took him, oh, I don’t quite remember, but over a year I think to be able to finally figure out how to do …I think it was Cheap Sunglasses as performed by ZZ Top. The lead solo was the kicker, there, I think. Sometimes notating for flute can bring up ‘issues’. 😀

      And thanks so much for the well-wishes on our project. I’m rather excited by it because, for me, music isn’t work. Music is pure joy. And I’m so glad I was able to pick it back up after decades of neglect. Of course, I’m still knocking off big chunks of rust in my playing, but I am slowly getting some of my ‘chops’ back.

  3. I play no instruments. I can’t read notes. What I can do is appreciate creative music in the same way I appreciate creative art. So yes, as you yourself noted, ” . . . we’re not just some flute tooting along with a guitar.” No. You most certainly are not that. You and Forrest are a treat. Please keep it coming.

    1. Thanks for visiting and listening, Laura, and thank you, too, for stopping to comment. But it’s not true that you don’t read notes. You read your sticky notes and scrap paper jottings on ‘what happens next’. And you play an instrument, too — the keyboard — tapping away in unique rhythms that, when completed, regale your audiences with a real treat of a very good story to read. For those unfamiliar with Laura Belgrave’s works, do visit her website, LauraBelgrave.com for some well-written, very engaging detective mysteries starting one Claudia Hershey!

  4. The image with the intersection of instruments and hands at work is so beautiful. The music is likewise beautiful and touching. Thank you.

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