Friday Song: Synergy

One of the most beautiful theatrical compositions by Richard Rodgers remains his “Slaughter On Tenth Avenue” from the 1936 ballet ON YOUR TOES, turned into two films, one featuring Gene Kelly; the other a 1957 noir. Keyboardist Larry Fast, who spent years playing with Peter Gabriel, Yes and Foreigner, also has a long solo career as an electronic music composer under the aegis of “Synergy,” whose sounds you’ve heard here or there. During my early obssession with synthesizers, I picked up his 1975 LP, “Electronic Realizations For Rock Orchestra” and heard Rodgers’ piece for the first time, falling in love with the tune and Fast’s interpretation. I love the song’s epic, sweeping construction with one of my favorite melody lines ever, which I learned on my first Sequential Circuits Six-Trak synth. To me, the thick analog music sounds like a clear blue Friday pulsing through the big city with the streets and world at your fingertips…

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