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)

Our Cover of Two Pink Floyd Favorites

VIDEO

AUDIO (mp3)

ABOUT THE ARRANGEMENT AND THE PERFORMANCE

Pink Floyd is a real favorite in our lives, and, of course, Goodbye Blue Sky and Another Brick in the Wall (Part II) are “best favorites” on many people’s lists. Referencing the original album of these pieces, Forrest arranged them, including the effects to be utilized, to try to best match the originals, quite a feat when arranging for one concert flute and one acoustic guitar. But, plugging us both into effects units brought the desired result. My ears cringed the first time I played the overdriven lead solo at the end of Another Brick in the Wall (Part II), but, in time, I got to love it. When I heard the end result, I knew it was ‘right’.

PLANNING THE VIDEO

When it came time to create the performance video of us actually playing the combined pieces, which we call Goodbye Brick in the Wall, we wanted the video to give a real nod to Pink Floyd, their message, along with the movie, The Wall.  Hence, the dog going from live to a frozen still at the beginning and the jolty, hand-held shots of the empty studio with music, instruments, and music stands, wires, sound boards, off and on, and so on, which Pink Floyd fans will recognize as part of their video shticks. At the last of the video, I added in the corrosive effects overlaying moving down a lighted corridor/station, also references to Pink Floyd and the movie, The Wall.

RECORDING THE VIDEO

Videoing took an evening. Thankfully, we’re pretty much able to play these things without a hitch, so were able to get the different angles we wanted quite easily. For those wondering what program we use to finalize the videos, it’s Hitfilm 2017 Pro (There’s also a free version, btw.).

Goodbye Brick in the Wall