“Dorothy and the Bird Circus” — An Original Ragtime Composition

Jim Dee
Jim Dee
Apr 15, 2018 · 1 min read

Here’s a new ragtime work, “Dorothy and the Bird Circus,” composed on the (awful-but-barely-functional) piano in our Puerto Vallarta apartment in April 2018. When notating the piece, I added a music box track to the treble clef (which largely mimics the piano treble clef, but deviates in a few places) for a magical effect. The piece is set to circa-1951 “Bird Circus” footage (public domain from the Prelinger Archives). This is perhaps the 15th or so project I’ve done of this kind, and I believe it’s my 20th ragtime composition! The woman shown here was reportedly named Dorothy, which I especially liked, as that was my Irish Grandmother’s middle name.

I’ll return to this at some point and post the piano score. :-)


✍🏻 Jim Dee maintains his personal blog, “Hawthorne Crow,” and a web design blog, “Web Designer | Web Developer Magazine.” He also contributes to various Medium.com publications. Find him at JPDbooks.com, his Amazon Author page, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Medium, or via email at Jim [at] ArrayWebDevelopment.com. His latest novel, CHROO, is available on Amazon.com. If you enjoy humorous literary tales, please grab a copy!

Hawthorne Crow

Tales, rants, observations — blog of Jim Dee, long-haired smart ass, self-employed web developer, hyper-creative writer, musician, renaissance man, defiant, prone to philosophization, as-always a pyro, ever-frustrated cat owner, free agent, bandanna wearer.

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Writer from PDX, and owner of Array Web Development http://www.arraywebdevelopment.com/

Hawthorne Crow

Tales, rants, observations — blog of Jim Dee, long-haired smart ass, self-employed web developer, hyper-creative writer, musician, renaissance man, defiant, prone to philosophization, as-always a pyro, ever-frustrated cat owner, free agent, bandanna wearer.

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