This was written in 2000 when there were a lot of changes going on in my life, most of which were new beginnings for others. Even though my friends (including my brother & his wife) were moving on to new and exciting things in their lives, I was still sad to see them go. It was originally written with a slow blues feel, but the band wanted to try playing it at a faster tempo with an Afro-Cuban feel, so we tried it and the rest is history.
Mogul composed by Rafe Lyford
INSTRUMENTATION/PERSONNEL: Rafe Lyford - Trombone Scott Van Domelen - Alto Saxophone Max Wendt - Tenor Saxophone Jim Guckenberg - Drums Matt Netter - Bass
The main theme of this piece came to me while I was skiing with my aunt & uncle during a visit to their place in Utah. The arrangement heard here came several years later. I wanted to portray the movements involved when hitting the slopes.
When it comes to providing a sense of action, very little music does it better than the Merrie Melodies of the classic Warner Bros. Looney Toons. I like to think of this tune as a tribute to the two musicians responsible for most of the Merrie Melodies' themes and arrangements: Raymond Scott and Carl Stalling.