Just That Good

play it just that well
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“Just That Good” is about as simple as it gets: a basic 12-bar blues in D with a few boppish note choices and phrasings, and it functions mostly as an excuse for the musicians to trash-talk one another (and Cole Porter) on stage and to toss out some bits from the great old-time call-and-response tunes like “What’s the Matter with the Mill,” “Tight Like That,” and “Tear It Down (Bed Slats and All).”

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This first reference track is an early Viper & His Famous Orchestra rehearsal take, which is something we make with a hand-held recorder or a phone when we first put a band arrangement together, just to be able to remember what we figured out when we come back to it later — mistakes, forgotten lyrics, dropped parts, etc., are all okay so long as we have a basic reference skeleton.

The Viper and His Famous Orchestra, “Just That Good,” rehearsal take, April 2017

And, because I originally wrote this song as the Composer In Residence for the Lake Zurich Middle School Orchestras conducted by Mr. Riley Broach, I’ll also link to a snippet of the 7th-Grade low strings rehearsing their parts while I resided.

LZORK 7th Grade rehearsal, May 2017

For video, here’s a Famous Orchestra performance from the annual Washington Heights (Milwaukee) “Boulevard Bash,” featuring my dad as Statler-and-Waldorf-ing letting us know that we’re just “terrible.”

The Viper & His Famous Orchestra, “Just That Good,” Washington Heights Boulevard Bash, Milwaukee, WI, August 2017

the kind of music your great-great-great-grandparents warned your great-great-grandparents about