Saturday, February 27, 2010

"Did Mom Pop, Mom Did"

The twenty-seventh installment in the "28 in Twenty-Eight" blog series by Robert Ian Winstin.


  1. Wow, I never realized something like this would sound so cool! I always wondered as a child what this would sound like, but you have taken another challenge and made a masterpiece... again!

    Almost reminds me of that P.D.Q. Bach song.

    Nevertheless, wonderful song, as always. I'm sad to see this month come to an end so abruptly! Spring break's just around the corner. I expect to see you soon!


  2. Pretty cool. I took great delight in finding the palindromes in your composition. At first it was a bit like finding a clue in those restaurant place mats that you find so often in diners, but, then it became easier once I spotted the actual palindrome itself.

    Seems to me that what you are trying to say with the insertion of the patriotic hymn is that the piece of music is like our country perfectly imperfect. Perfect idealism with an imperfect resolution. The palindrome, is of course, that very thing: perfectly spelled the same back-wards as forwards, but imperfect and fairly useless in actual day to day conversation.

    I do love the idea of a palindrome opera. I chuckle with just the very thought.

    I enjoyed the challenge of this piece quite a bit. It takes several listenings to be able to hear it, but once you do get it, it is fantastic.


  3. I'd love an opera in palindromes! Yes!

  4. This is a fun idea and a really cool piece. I enjoyed it!

    I'm glad I'm not the only one who had to listen to it multiple times!

  5. What a fun idea to do in music, I guess I'm not surprised that you have messed around alot with this idea. One of my favorite palindromes (for your opera) A man, a plan, a canal: Panama.

    I've written about 100 short pieces in a sort of jazz-classical-folk style, that are meant to be improvised over, that have an initial melody (or bass line) that spells out a person's name. I made up a system that maps letters of the alphabet to pitches in a violin-centric way (starting with G of the g string), and includes accidentals, all within the first position 2-octave plus reach on violin.

    Of course I know this has been done many times in many different ways! But one reason I wanted to share this with you is the titling of the piece is then the person's name (gets rid of titling issues!), plus easy to remember what the title of a piece is, by playing it and doing the translation.

    Oh the fun gymnastics mentally that can be had in music, along with all the creativity and inspiration! You're a wonderful example of this!

    I'll miss your piece-a-day treats, hopefully you'll keep this blog up for a good long while, until next year when you do this 28 in 28 again?

  6. Wicked! I can hear the backwards stuff.

  7. Robert,

    I waited until March 1st to listen to this last piece (that way February was TRULY over). This has been a delight. Thank you for sharing your world with us.

    I've already told you how I feel about the CD...apparently - I am not the only one.

    I look forward to hearing what you will do next.

    Your long time pal,



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