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This tune was my first attempt at song writing. The thought of composing was very overwhelming. I'm a fan of music theory so I like things to be organized and to have some sort of purpose that can be explained through theory. First section is based on a specific scale/mode. Second is a 4-chord progression I wrote using some ideas and voicings from Robert Glasper. The second half of the tune came with the help of the rest of the band in a more spontaneous writing session. (A little scary for me because I like to write on my own) Last 4-chord progression is a twist of a particular Frank Ocean tune. Just happened to be stuck in my head that day so I used it.

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from Intact, released April 11, 2015
Song arranged and written by Ben Charles

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Big Sherb Grand Rapids, Michigan

In the fall of 2013, another band's last minute cancelation left room for Adam Marth, Curtis Kuipers, and Ryan Heisler to perform a set of mostly improvised music along with a few loosely structured tunes at a rock ‘n’ roll nightclub in Central Michigan. The addition of multi-instrumentalist Ben Charles came shortly thereafter, giving way to the conception of a project called Big Sherb. ... more

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