The Great Awakening

I composed this piece one afternoon in the mid-80s using a Martin D-18 guitar and Will Harvey's Music Construction Set on my dad's Apple IIgs computer. 

My little brother had just bought the music software and I was fascinated by it. I had been listening to a lot of Bach (thus his influence on this tune).  You'd need to be 7 feet tall to have hands with a wingspan large enough to play some of the chord voicings in this MIDI score.  I've got another arrangement which has playable voicings - if you'd like a copy, send me a note on via the contact page.


I've also arranged this tune for acoustic guitar, violin, and piano (inspired by Al DiMeola's Short Tales of the Black Forest) and hope to record it one day when life affords me the time to practice enough to get my chops back up the level needed to play this at 144 BPM. 

After I wrote this tune, i pretty much forgot about it. My dad ended up putting the Apple in his attic for many years where it roasted in the Texas heat. When he sold his house, he insisted I take the Apple for my kids to use (we didn't want that old thing, but couldn't tell him, "no").

The Apple went straight to my attic in Tennessee where it froze and cooked in the Tennessee winters and summers. When we sold our house in 2002, I tried to throw it away, but the garbage man wouldn't take a computer. I tried selling it in a yard sale for $5 but no one would buy it. I took it to GoodWill, but they would not take used computers.

I ended up taking it to our new house where it sat in the driveway for a few weeks - getting snowed on three times. My brother came to visit and saw the old Apple and got excited saying, "I still have a box of the floppies for this thing!" I replied, "Its dead Jim" [quoting Bones on Star Trek]. He took it back to Dallas anyway.

When he got home, he plugged it in and it booted up! He fed floppies into it until he found the old music program and my tune. He listened to it on the cheesy sound card and thought it was worth preserving, so he attached the 20 year old dot matrix printer. the paper feed didn't work, the the ribbon did. He hand forced paper through the printer to get a print out. He then scanned it and e-mailed it to me.

When I got the e-mail, I printed it out and stayed up till 2:00 a.m. looking at the smeared/smudged score through a magnifying glass and entering the notes into Sibelius. Then I saved the score as a MIDI file, imported it into my ancient Pro-Tools (rel 5.1), and played it using a MOTU Mach5 sampler loaded with a Bosendorfer grand piano library.

When I heard the song played through my studio monitors, I was glad it had been preserved.

I added some pictures from NASA's web page just to have something to look at on YouTube while it played.

So there you go.


If you can't see the sheet music on the page below, click HERE