Mark Mitchell Music
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Essays and Pop Songs
 
Essay on Vocal Ranges in Hymns 
 


This is an in-depth analysis of vocal ranges in the LDS Hymnal, including highest and lowest notes, widest and narrowest ranges and average ranges, as well as other technical trivia of interest to singers and especially composers. I have also made the master table available for you to play with.

NB  After a long hiatus and period of study, I have added a section on the timing of hymns.

 
Essay on the Origins of John Lennon's Because
 
Essay   
 
 
 
This is an essay I wrote in 2005 when I realized nobody else had noticed the striking similarity of the Beatle's song Because and Chopin's Fantaisie Impromptu.  Here is my theory, displayed for all the world.
 
Essay: Inside Prof. Vinnicombe's Citizen Band
 
 
This essay is a personal labour of love. My great grandfather, Albert Mitchell, played cornet in a well polished community orchestra in Charlottetown, PEI, led by one of the few professional musicians in the city at the time, Henry Vinnicombe. 
 
I have in my studio a portrait of the orchestra that has always intrigued me, and so I have researched the activities of the orchestra and found background on each of the sixteen members, including many pictures, references and links.
 
Will I Dare?   
 
Fast Version    
Slow Version     
 
I wrote and recorded this song as a Mother's Day gift for my wife Karen, along with a card that had a drawing of a mother cradling her baby.  The tune is based on an Irish folk-song, Oh, the Praties They Grow Small Over Here.
 
All the Stars Are Out Tonight 
 
Audio    
Another gift for Karen, this time for her birthday.  I started this song when I was working in Waterton Alberta, where the dark mountain skies would be filled with stars.  This is where we met and were engaged.
 
Her Kind of Trouble 
 
Audio   
When I worked at Artech, I became friends with Dick Cooper of Cooper Brothers fame (Dick wrote the words to The Dream Never Dies).  He and I did a couple of demo songs together that never got farther than my bargain basement tenor.
 
Nobody's Talking 
 
Audio    [mp3 - 3.9 MB] 
 
Another of the Cooper/Mitchell collaborations, Dick called this one a "power ballad".
Ray Charles - Piano Blues from "The Nanny"
 
A very tasty little clip from Ray's character on season 5 of the popular 90's sitcom, which I transcribed (pretty close, anyway).