An old folk tune also known as "Parting Hand".
Another antebellum melody later found lyrics that evoked a bird, alone in the world. The concept helped me to imagine some improvisation on the piano, bluegrass-style.
Inspired by an Irish tune that later was adapted to fit the poem by William Wordsworth. The Schimmel piano I used for these recordings seemed to sound like a dulcimer when played like the first few bars.
There are fourteen folk/country tunes on this CD, but in addition, there are five numbers that allowed me to use more modern voicings and jazz styles.
I had fun with this one, from the late eighteenth century or earlier . The African-American spirituals on this collection must be done with 13th chords and blues scales, right?
The third style that seemed to surface on my exploration of these folky melodies is that occasionally a common Protestant hymn can make room for some gospel-rock rhythm piano, this one inspired directly in the first chorus from the four part SATB arrangement.