Acts & Intermissions

A C T S     &     I N T E R M I S S I O N S

There Comes a Time, In Our Lives

Copyright 1994, song written by John Clancy

Song performed by John Clancy on Keyboards, Korg O1W Pro/X, Alesis D4 Drum Module, triggered using Simmons & Roland Pads.

Engineering by John Clancy at Shawnee Sound, 1994

There Comes a Time, In Our Lives


Inspired minutes after watching the end of a Steve Martin Movie called The Rainmaker, I was 100% positive that I must have lifted the themes directly from it. Everytime it comes back on I tune in, so far I have not heard anything close. I was going to work up a vocal & band version of this with Paul Wakefield, he thought it sounded like a Journey song, which caused me some slight panic, but he meant it as a compliment, not a plagerism accusation. The "time" in this case meant a focus away from our own ego validation, and towards the purpose of our being, whatever that is.

Take The Day Off

Copyright 1994, Score by John Clancy

Engineering by John Clancy at Shawnee Sound, 1991

Performed by John Clancy at Shawnee Sound, playing a piano patch on Korg 01W/ProX 1994

Take the Day Off


As a follow up to the relatively well received "Milestones" (relatively, as in, mostly by my relatives), "Acts & Intermissions" was intended to be a series of band / orchestral works ("Acts") seperated by a series of small solo piano treatments ("Intermissions"). "Take the Day Off" is the first of these, a simple melody roughly inspired by a chord progression favored by early Bruce Springsteen pieces, although the pastoral mood bears nothing in commmon with the source of inspiration.

Overboard #1

Copyright 1994, Score by John Clancy

Engineering by John Clancy at Shawnee Sound, 1991

Performed by John Clancy at Shawnee Sound, playing Acoustic Guitar

Overboard #1


Some songs are never done, the themes used in "Overboard", the 3rd piece in the Bob The Sailor Man trilogy in Milestones, being one example. Milestones featured Kurzweil synths and electronic drums, but what if that song had words, and it was sung with a simple acoustic guitar...well, I got as far as the guitar.

Art Deco's Suite XVI

Copyright 1994, Score by John Clancy

Engineering by John Clancy at Shawnee Sound, 1991

Performed by John Clancy at Shawnee Sound, playing Korg 01W/ProX Acoustic Piano Patch

Art Deco's Suite XVI


A small number of themes in this solo piano piece, that appear once and don't re-appear. There was an addiction recovery guru called Bradshaw on PBS TV in the late 80's, early 90's, he would have family members and friends make some awkward musical appearances once in awhile...the first theme presented in this piece was apparently lifted from one of those, according to witnesses, but I could never confirm. I think the themes presented in the 2nd half of this one are better in any case.

And, When I Doubt

Copyright 1994, Score by John Clancy

Engineering by John Clancy at Shawnee Sound, 1991

Performed by John Clancy at Shawnee Sound, playing Korg 01W/ProX, Acoustic Guitar, Alesis D4 percussion module triggered by Simmons & Roland Pads, Hammond C3 organ.

And, When I Doubt


An unfinished song, sometimes called "I Know", meant as a leap of faith in all things unseen and quite impossible, including - most importantly - unconditional love. Listening some 20 plus years later, this appears more obviously as unfinished backing tracks for a song intended to be sung, rather than the stand alone instrumental that it was packaged as here. I think the original 16 track tape probably had an attempted vocal, quality did not warrant bringing up those faders on the board.

Help Me Find My Way

Copyright 1994, Score by John Clancy

Engineering by John Clancy at Shawnee Sound, 1991

Performed by John Clancy at Shawnee Sound, playing Korg 01W/ProX Acoustic Piano Patch

Help Me Find My Way


Dozens of these small piano melodies continue to come & go through the years, many are "inspired" by other music I probably hear subconciously, and assume it came from a TV commercial, rather than direct from the Muse. I play them for a time on the Steinway, until they are replaced by the next one in line. Kathleen said back then that this one is from Beauty & the Beast, a Disney cartooon I have never seen, but probably heard.