Lumberjack Variations

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Presented as an encore is something completely different. Around 1998 I wrote a set of variations on Monty Python’s “The Lumberjack Song” with no real understanding of music theory, but which resulted in a coherent, cohesive whole that’s just perhaps short on interesting harmonic changes. I never wrote this down, but 16 years later I found it on a tape I had recorded back then. This recording is an unmodified transcription from that old tape. It begins with a pretentious A minor introduction from Paganini’s 5th violin caprice, followed by a theme and seven variations. There are some difficult passages that show healthy ambition in 16-year-old me.

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from Cosmic Shark Party, released March 21, 2015

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kareshi Richmond, Virginia

Kareshi is a pianist and NES lover based in Richmond, VA.

He has been playing piano for 20 years and arranging video game music since 2004.

He is active on Twitch (the_kareshi) broadcasting piano and NES games.
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