Baby Rosey’s Slip Jig

Baby Rosey’s Slip Jig

Baby Rosey’s Slip Jig, Becky Taylor, all rights reserved, © 1999

This tune was written in 1999 shortly after the birth of my daughter, Rosey.  She used to call them ‘diddly diddly’ or ‘mummy tunes’.The harmony written here is not a ‘duet’ harmony, but is a representation of the arrangement as it appears along with full backing on the CD ‘Becky Taylor’. The second part of the tune is a variation on the harmony from the first part, with the addition of a counter harmony just to confuse things!

Songbird and the Castlekelly

Spring time in Yorkshire

Today feels like the first proper day of Spring 2018 in Yorkshire, the clocks have ‘sprung’ forwards and the evenings are lighter. Today it even felt warm in the sunshine prompting a rare splurge of spring cleaning (ok, tidying!) with the windows open. Despite being located relatively near a main road the birds were singing away outside and as I got started I came across a scrap of paper with some notes scribbled on it taking me back to this time last year…


The first snippet

I am no ornithologist, but I do my best to encourage birds to the garden with a bird feeder and bird bath which is kept topped up most of the time.  Around this time last year I started to notice a particular snippet of birdsong. It was loud, clear and could be heard  regularly both morning and night being distinct from the ‘ordinary’ sound the birds make in the garden. I made a note of it (as you do).

After a couple of weeks the distinctive call developed, still the same pattern but with an extra note at the end. I updated my note.  Continue reading