Good Touch

Guild D-35 (Double D)

Story

I wrote this to honor my teacher, Ricardo Fusco.  I'm glad he was able to hear the sketch of it, which I wrote in 1981, before he died in 1984.  You can see from the original score that it has morphed considerably since then, all for the better I think. 

140706_Fanfare_For_Fusco_Original_Score_Summer_1981.pdf

 

Fanfare For Fusco by Terry J. Mitchell Copyright © 2013 All Rights Reserved

Gonzales Classic (Standard)

Story

One of the first songs I ever wrote.  Inspired by the guitar part to "What Does He Want Of Me" that Dulcinea sings in Man Of La Mancha.  (I was fortunate to play guitar for 2 productions of that show, which has a great guitar score and requires some flamenco skill.)

Gonzales Classic (Standard)

Story

Before I left Memphis for good, I had the lead in a show called Scapino, written by Frank Dunlop and Jim Dale, presented by the Beale Street Repertoire Theater. This tune was originally called "The Girls From Scapino" to honor the 3 female leads in that show.  But the image I had was of a simple waltz, so the name change seemed appropriate.

Guild D-35 (Open G)

Story

First time I was in grad school, George Washington University, I was taking advanced calculus.  We looked at strictly increasing numeric sequences.  I wondered if I could write a song based on strictly increasing pitches.  This is the result.  Unexpectedly lovely. 

Gonzales Classic (Standard)
Writer: Harold Arlen Arrangement: Laurindo Almeida

Story

Laurindo Almeida was one of the finest guitarists ever to pick up the instrument.  A native of Brazil, he is credited with helping to introduce Bossa Nova to this country.  His playing was eclectic - classical, jazz, and numerous original compositions.  Also a pretty good arranger, as this version of the Harold Arlen classic demonstrates.

Gonzales Classic (Standard)
Writer: Hugh Martin Arrangement: Laurindo Almeida

Story

This is from the movie Meet Me In St. Louis, starring Judy Garland.  Great tune, and another great arrangement by Laurindo Almeida.

Guild D-35 (Open G)
Writer: Leo Kottke

Story

One of my all-time favorite Leo Kottke songs, from his memorable album 6 and 12 String Guitar.  I was in college when I discovered Leo Kottke - and finally found what I had been looking for.  Never heard anyone play like that.  Didn't know you could play a guitar like that.  I knew I had to learn to play that way, and the only way to do that was to become a guitarist.  So, thank you Leo!  You continue to inspire me to this day. 

Taurus Flamenco (Standard)
Writer: G. R. Fusco

Story

Ricardo Fusco wrote this to introduce his students to flamenco techniques.  Still one of my favorites. 

Gonzales Classic (Standard)

Story

Breaking up is hard to do.  This is reflected in the melancholy intro, which is also used as the outro.  In between is the memory, in sound, of why I had to break up with this woman.  Amazingly, this song won the Texas Songwriting Competition in 1990 in the Jazz category.  Hey, if you don't know what it is, it must be jazz, right? 

Gonzales Classic (Standard)

Story

No real story behind this tune, it sort of came together on its own.  In that sense, a very organic guitar piece.  I really liked the sound of it.  Recorded it on the classical (standard tuning) but it rings out very nicely on a steel string.  Complex but listenable.

News & Views

Good Touch is available through CDBaby.  See the Music page for more info and song samples.

 

8/26/16:  Guitar music featured during dinner hours for the 8th annual Mountain Resource Center Bowls event on Tuesday, October 18th. 


8/27/14:  Good Touch accepted by Pandora for inclusion in the Music Genome Project.  See the press release page for more information.

8/10/14:  Incomprehensible lyrics to 60's hit Along Comes Mary linked to Mayan hieroglyphs...see Blog for more...

7/1/14:  Audio pages updated to allow streaming of all songs from Good Touch in full.

6/7/14:  New blog entry describing recent experience with ArtistPR.com - scam, or legitimate service?  

4/1/14:  Radio Guitar  chooses "Mine/Her Dance" from Good Touch for their New Tracks playlist.