Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Kokomo (solo banjo)

Kokomo is not everyone's favourite Beach Boys song. It has quite a few strikes against it; it was created post-Brian Wilson, it was featured in a Tom Cruise movie and I believe John Stamos was featured in the music video. Despite all this I love the song. I love it for its beautiful melody, its haunting yet soothing chord progression and, yes, even for the lyrics.

For the arrangement I plced it in the key of C and tried to go for a relaxed, draggy feel. Mostly I kept to the melody as it is so strong to begin with. The chorus gets a little Earl flavour to it.

Here it is...

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