A new thing I'll be doing this year will be promotional videos for shows and upcoming events. Video and video editing is something I've wanted to take on for quite a while, and so, I am making baby steps toward that end.
This past weekend I unveiled a little Promo video for my show this coming Sunday at the Exit/In in Nashville. Many folks have never actually seen me perform live even though they may already have some of my songs. So then, of course, my goal was simple: to give people a taste what they might expect when they see me perform.
I decided to play a song called "Arabesque". It's probably the most classically-influenced piece I've written. It's a challenge to play but a ton of fun.
Heavy on the arpeggios and calling on my love for Russian and Baroque-style classical music, it's a fanciful little tune about a father expressing his pride over watching his son dance ballet and ultimately fulfill a life-long dream . . .
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If you are curious, here are the lyrics:
Music and Lyrics by Gordon Roque
Just a little boy
Who wanted to dance
I let him go
and he took his chance
He took his chance
He's my son
And I will profess
That I am so proud
To see him stand
In an Arabesque
On pointed toes
With arms to the sky
On a stage of the world
He'll soar and fly
Soar and fly
A graceful pirouette
Is the backbone of my boy
And he becomes a man
He becomes a man
He becomes a man
According to dictionary(dot)com, the word "Arabesque" --pronounced (ār'ə-běsk')--is a noun defined as such:
A ballet position in
which the dancer bends forward while standing on one straight leg with
the arm extended forward and the other arm and leg extended backward.
complex, ornate design of intertwined floral, foliate, and geometric
Music An ornate, whimsical composition
especially for piano.
An intricate or elaborate pattern
or design: "the fluctuating shapes of a cloudscape, the complex
arabesque of a camera movement, the blink of a character's eye" (Nigel
I have to say, 3 out of 4 ain't bad. It's actually one of my favorite words ever and is one I am also ecstatic to use in this ornate and whimsical piece.
PS. It's not too late to purchase tickets for my show on 3/21. Send me a message at gordon(at)gordonroque(dot)com to purchase in cash or get them online here: https://tickets.aftonshows.com/GordonRoqu
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