As promised I have been working on my new
project, a new album called HOT CLUB OF POLKA. I used up a
lot of good material on your all's favorite eight-minute
Pale Ale Polka which needs a revamping because I'm improving
slowly. (I don't do any real vamping in it.) I have never
played this new style live. I'm not sure it's ready for
prime time, but it's a lot of fun.
What IS a polka? Sure beats me,
but I recognize them when I hear them. Duple meter, is it?
Wikipedia just calls it "a lively form of music.." I make
most of mine up myself from scratch.
One thing I've discovered is that you can change key in
the middle of a polka. Practically any old key will do
just to mix things up and just come back blazing away in
the key you started in and no one will care. You'll hear
this in this "piece" when I liven things up by flying into
the key of G just before the Beer Barrel polka part.
This new living room recording is entitled Green Green
Beer Barrel of Home because I start with the old country
tune "Green Green Grass of Home" and suddenly I am polka
possessed and end things with the Beer Barrel Polka.