Brownie FeetÂ is a messed up mashup with several sources:Â Feet Can’t Fail Me Now, a NOLA standard by the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and the first movement of the Bach G minorÂ Violin SonataÂ are the two necessary ones. If you like, you can perform the piece alongside my recording of a progressively more and more messed up James BrownÂ Funky DrummerÂ sample and George W. Bush’s 2 September 2005 press conference, but I’d prefer for you to work with a live drummer and/or sampler/laptop/turntable player so you can mess things up your own way.
The original version of this piece is calledÂ Cattle Feet, and it combinesÂ Feet Can’t Fail Me NowÂ with a Phil Collins lick, and is performed on multiple trombones as a half-time number for David Neumann’s dance piece,Â Feed Forward. Bach and George Bush got enveloped into it for Peggy Gould’sÂ From Within and Outside a Bright Room Called Day, where we did it as a vocal piece with live drums. And now here’s the score arranged for string quartet. You can welcome to performÂ The FloodÂ as a companion piece toÂ Brownie FeetÂ or not, as you desire.
A studio recording of the BRIM + Guidonian Hand octet version of the piece is available onÂ Songs from the River Project, Vol. 2.
Here is aÂ scoreÂ of the string quartet version of the piece in pdf format. I’m open to you reorchestrating it for your ensemble; let me know what you have in mind.
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