D Minor for a Rainy Day

Chip Withrow's picture

D Minor for a Rainy Day



Liner Notes: 

As the rain fell outside the window overlooking the backyard, it just seemed right to pluck the banjo in D minor. Started slow, but then I've been wanting to build my picking speed, so why not do both?
I realized the riff I created sort of sounds like a classic rock hit of my youth - by an arena rock band that was huge in late '70s/early '80s. Can you guess song and band? (Also, there's some "Shady Grove" feel in there - hundreds of bluegrass songs have been built upon that melody.)

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cindyrella's picture

Sounds like rain falling on a tin roof-beautiful! Yes, a little Shady Grove, but original too. Love it!

Kevin Emmrich's picture

Nice little picking piece. Shady Grove is a fine little tune, but you've ventured off of it quite well. I am not sure of the "arena-rock" song you speak of! I am looking at Tony's pretty polly lesson, maybe I'll do something with that this 50/90. Good tune you've got here.

fluidvolt's picture

Lovely banjo. I like the dynamic arrangement -- when you let the banjo just be on its own in the middle, cut out all of the propulsive backing, then it comes roaring back. Smart. I agree with cindyrella, it does have a water-droplets-falling-on-the-roof feel!

Adnama17's picture

Damn, whatever song you are referring to is on the tip of my brain...
Like the arrangement, stripped back, then full, etc. Gives it variety.
I need a banjo!

Fuzzy's picture

I always enjoy your minimalist banjo playing.
I've said this before, but your songs always have that relaxed, front porch jam feel.
An enjoyable tune for sure.

colgoo's picture

This is really pretty. It definitely has a rainy day feel.

ductapeguy's picture

Timeless. I hear echoes of ghost riders in the sky but it is definitely it's own thing.

metalfoot's picture

Perfect mood music for the cold, overcast, "is it going to snow?" weather we're having here today...