The long story: I went up to the piano with one day without anything in mind but started playing some tunes when i least expected it. I quickly grab a pen and paper to jot down some notes in case I forgot them and recorded this song on my netbook, everything done almost in a sitting.
Of course writing it down and typesetting it actually takes a lot more time. typed the piece of music using the software MuseScore 1.9.6 beta, a great free music notation software. I later save it as a lilypond format which was more familiar with me for tweaking the nice finishing touches for music scores layouts with the help of jedit lilypondtool.
Like several of my songs, I think it sounds a little nostalgia (like “Who am I” which Reuben Kee arranged and used for his musical). Then again, I wasn’t really expecting to compose any thing on the piano that day which prompted me to title it “Huh?”.
I got a mixed bag of reactions to the piece. Some say its sounds classical, some says pop, some says a mixed. Some thinks it from Chopin Ballet, or Granados Spanish dance – Andaluza, or a little Japanese, Korean, Amelie soundtrack sounding, some feels its too happy, too sad, etc. You get the idea. I think much would be coincidental and subjective to the listeners.
Some suggestions by my friend Gerald – playing the harmony with broken chord pattern instead of the oom-pah bass will make it sound “more fluid”, and “less static”. He also suggest arranging the melody on the flute with a harp accompaniment in broken chords, in which after I just found out from my harp friends its difficult for lever harps to play keys with 5 flats.
Have fun trying out this piece out and let me know if you have other comments.