Horace Silver wrote funky, jazz songs Senor Blues, Sister Sadie,
Song for My Father, The Preacher and performed with Art Blakey.
"I've always tried to write the kind of music that would stand
the test of time. Always, in the back of my mind, I would
be thinking, 'Will this stand up 20, 30 years from now? I've
tried to write songs that would be easy to listen to, and easy to
play. To do all of that, it's a difficult task. It's easy to
write something simple but dumb, or something that has depth
but is too complex. But simplicity with depth, that's the hardest
thing for me to do."
"These songs are given to me by God. The way a lot of them
come through is in dreams; I wake up and they're in my head. Some
come when I'm practicing, and I hit a wrong chord or an odd set
of notes, and I work from there.But a cricket gave me a tune one
night in my yard: he only sings one note, but he sings it with a
certain rhythm and I put it on the piano. My tea kettle gave me a
song; it was whistling, as I took it off the fire the whistle
decreased, and I headed to the piano to find the notes. Music is
everywhere. You just gave to grab it."
Song for My Father
"Song for My Father" is Horace Silver's best known jazz compostion and example of his funky jazz combo arrangements. Joe Henderson's solo on "Song for My Father" runs from mellow to inferno as he builds intensity and blasts off into funk jazz heaven. Here is the music for
"Song for My Father" and a few other Horace Silver music books.