12 October 2022
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I recorded this tune "The Enveloping Sky" at the Swing Ting studio in Manchester. It was one of two and I'll post the second one later. I've been playing melodica for a long time. I've found that it gives me freedom to concentrate purely on a melodic line. When playing piano, the left hand advances the harmonic situation and affects where the right is going. On melodica, it's more freeing - at least that's how it feels to me. You can achieve a similar feeling by soloing with right hand only on piano but you still don't have the control over note duration and expression that a wind instrument gives you. I've noticed a small amount of online disapproval for the melodica. For some reason it seems to generate strong feelings. I'm reminded of the time when an audience member came up to me before a gig and asked me if I was going to be playing melodica. I said that I wasn't. "Oh good" he replied "I hate that!"
If you'd still like to listen after that non recommendation, please do. It's not available anywhere else and is downloadable here.