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Here is the lead sheet, in the original key of A:

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I downloaded the PDF, but alas it disappeared---or something. (edit: this time it worked. It's at bottom)

It was my very first real song with lyric, and 'Fatha' Francis Reilly contributed perhaps 3 strong lines.

Here's the lyric:


NOT A BAD NOVEMBER By Joel Fass
(c) 2003 Exemplar (ASCAP)

Verse (rubato):

When September leaves her chill
Though it be a bitter pill
Never curse September, or the luck you've got
For when new love comes one day
That's the time for us to say:
'It's not over---and there's one more thing it's not':

(Ballad tempo)
A1:
It's not a bad November
After that chill in early Fall
No, it's not a bad November---at all

A2:
It was a dreary, dark September
(S)he left, and I heard winter's call
around the bend---the end---December
What a Fall!

B:
October came with greener view
Bringing promise, bringing you
We found love
And a song our hearts could sing

Now it's November, all is new
I have found my strength in you
When we love---we turn
Autumn into Spring

C:
All told, it's
Not a bad November
in fact since you came my way
It's May---each day's our first

So come on in, December
Do your worst! (2nd x: to coda)

(Instr. solo from 'Now it's November...';vcl. re-entry at: 'All told, it's...'

Coda (over repeated instr. figure):

November
November!

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I just noticed the changes on the instrumental part are wrong:

It should say 'instr. solo' at left and here are the correct (concert) changes:
G# Min7 b5/C# (2 beats) C# 7 #9 #5 (2 beats)/ F# Maj 7/C# (4 beats)/F# Min7 b5/B (2 beats) B7 #9 #5 (2 beats)/E Maj 7/B (4 beats)/B Min7 (2 beats) E7 b9 (2 beats)/ A Maj 7 (2 beats) G Maj 7 (2 beats)/ F Maj 7 #11 (4 beats)/ D/E (2 beats)/E 13 (4 beats).

The vocal re-entry up to the coda has the right changes. I apologize for any confusion

Attached below is the lead sheet with the corrections. The solo is at letter D:

Joel

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Joel, do you have a recording of this by any chance that you could post? For anyone who can't read the score?

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RainyDayMan wrote:
Joel, do you have a recording of this by any chance that you could post? For anyone who can't read the score?I see that the email address troy@...is no longer valid. I sent an mp3, but it's not uploading---nor is the html file.

It's supposed to be against the rules, but since I have no other options here is a link to my soundclick page with the 2006 demo (Vicki Doney, vocal; Steve Ash, piano). I guess delete it if it's not acceptable:

http://www.soundclick.com/joelfass

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Thanks for that Joel.
A link to soundcloud or similar is NOT against the rules and is the preferred approach these days.

Here is a direct link for anyone who wants it:
http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=4839249

Some really intriguing chord progressions in there. That would be your jazz background no doubt.

You have a great vocalist for the recording and she needs to be to do it justice.

A classic number!

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Bit late to the party, here, but boy do I ever love this.  Clever lyrics, beautiful arrangement, lovely recording, and I could lose myself in the singer.  I dislike receiving praise without anything constructive attached, but I've got nothing in the way of notes to offer (you used all the best ones - ha).  Truly a first-class job from every angle.

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fatesaccomplice wrote:
Bit late to the party, here, but boy do I ever love this.  Clever lyrics, beautiful arrangement, lovely recording, and I could lose myself in the singer.  I dislike receiving praise without anything constructive attached, but I've got nothing in the way of notes to offer (you used all the best ones - ha).  Truly a first-class job from every angle.
Thanks.

Singer: Vicki Doney
Pianist: Steve Ash
Melody: like falling off a log
Lyrics: I got grey hairs still

I do have some working singers finally embracing this song. I need some recordings, then who knows? It's registered w/ASCAP and copyrighted, so please pass it on.

(Do remember that one lyric in the verse ('...into May') was changed to 'That's the time for us to say')

And thank you again...

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Wow! A lot of things could be said about this. Basically we now have one more great jazz music creation on the forum! Thank you for sharing. :)

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Marty Ray Boone wrote:
Wow! A lot of things could be said about this. Basically we now have one more great jazz music creation on the forum! Thank you for sharing. :)Thanks---BUT I think 'great' should be reserved for the TRUE greats, jazz or otherwise.

Glad you like the song, though. Please pass it along. I'd like to see some recordings by fine singers. Here's an updated lyric, and thanks to an astute singer named Christine, who pointed out some lyrical anomalies. I THINK I got it right, finally (and 2 notes now have to be added to the lead sheet melody):


NOT A BAD NOVEMBER By Joel Fass
(c) 2003 Exemplar (ASCAP)

Verse (rubato):

When September leaves her chill
Though it be a bitter pill
Never curse September, or the luck you've got
For when new love comes one day
That's the time for us to say:
'It's not over---and there's one more thing it's not':

(Ballad tempo)
A1:
It's not a bad November
After that chill in early Fall
No, it's not a bad November---after all

A2:
It was a dreary, dark September
(S)he left, and I heard winter's call
Ahead of time, cold and rime---December
What a Fall!

B:
Then October came with greener view
Bringing promise, bringing you
We found love
And a song our hearts could sing

Now it's November, all is new
I have found my strength in you
When we love---Every
Season seems like Spring

C:
All told, it's
Not a bad November
in fact since you came my way
It's May---each day's our first

So come on in, December
Do your worst! (2nd x: to coda)

(Instr. solo from 'Now it's November...';vcl. re-entry at: 'All told, it's...'

Coda (over repeated instr. figure):

November
November!

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Great lyrics

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Final cut on this, with updated lyric in introductory verse.

This will be in a book of my instrumental and vocal music out probably this year.

Thank you all for your comments---and STAY SAFE!

https://soundcloud.com/joelfass/not-a-bad-november-10-28-2019

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Went back to the original lyric. Better metrically and in 'singability'...

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Here's the lead sheet:

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fasstrack wrote:
I downloaded the PDF, but alas it disappeared---or something. (edit: this time it worked. It's at bottom)

It was my very first real song with lyric, and 'Fatha' Francis Reilly contributed perhaps 3 strong lines.

Here's the lyric:


That's very good, Joel. I especially like "It's not over---and there's one more thing it's not."

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