What do I know about riffs? Absolutely nothing, well almost nothing anyway! A few years ago, during a management staff meeting, our Director of Athletic Communications commented that one of his assistants spent the better part of Sunday evening clearing riffs for the baseball team. It seems the riffs (refers to any short series of notes that create a melody within the melody of the song (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ostinato)) had some suggestive or violent language inappropriate for some fans (including the middle aged administrators!) and he spent a great deal of time editing the CD.
I guess I never paid much attention but learned that all ball players (at home) are introduced with their own riff – some part of a song that gets them psyched to hit a grand slam every time they step up to the plate.
That got me thinking…I need a riff! Or maybe an entire CD filled with short musical moments that would summarize my actions at the moment or summarize my life.
Here is a short list:
Life’s Been Good (Eagles) as I get out of bed
Takin’ Care Of Business (Bachman Turner Overdrive) – as I unlock my office each day
Scenes from an Italian Restaurant (Billy Joel) as I cook dinner (I wish!)
At Last (Etta James) whenever I get to spend time with my husband
I Hope You Dance (Lee Ann Womack) whenever I miss my son at school or think about him leaving home for the city lights
Hey Jude (Beatles) – for every time I introduce myself to someone who is oh so clever and begins singing it to me (this would truly be the best defense is a good offence!)
Did I get you thinking? What’s your riff? Tell me, please!
Life is good!