Pop Song For Florian

What's the most famous Pop Song ever recorded on vibes... or on anything for that matter? Well, here's a quicky version of it for Florian.


i expected to hear something rinky dink. oh man, that's an incredible version. honestly.

wow wow wow.

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i c h a t: tonymiceli


Darn... I should have done an adlib on it too then. Maybe I'll do an extended version sometime soon. This is kind of a second thought. I was actually intending to work on Body and Soul today got sidetracked with this idea.

It's two o`clock in the morning, and I just wanted to check to see what's new on the site and heard this!
Fabulous, John! My deepest respect.

Hi John,

Somehow I missed this and just heard it. I'm in agreement with everyone that posted. Just fantastic! You might want to think about a solo vibe cd for children. I'm sure it would sell better than a jazz cd anyways. Ha!Ha!

I hope you're enjoying the new gig.


Ed Saindon
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Hi John,

Beautiful playing. It's been a while, but I still have nice memories of the last time you were in Boston.
I hope everything is going well for you.


I'm with Tony - this is slammin' ... that's one hip weasel, and believe
me, I know my weasels


Thank you: This is another feather in my cap, boost for the ego and purpose for the pursuit... and it was totally fun.

OMG John!! I just brought Florian to bed and I see/hear this!! Is it really for him?!
Well I feel double shamed: I don't recognize this tune... (May day!)

But it's so beautiful! And that cool damping stuff around 01"58, and the lovely fading end! Wizard Piper! :o)

I'll make him hear tomorrow morning... He'll be thrilled!

Thank you so much John...


I guess this is now a "name-that-tune" moment. Here's a hint:

It could be a version sung by silk weavers, who cultivated mulberry bushes, (silkworms' favorite). Many of these weavers came to England from France in the late 1700s. The weavers' shuttle could be the (blank) of the song and is, again, something that would be pawned or "popped" for money when times were tough.

When spinning and winding yarn, (or silk) into skiens, a tool called a '(blank)' would also make a popping sound after a certain number of turns, perhaps another or double meaning in the title.


Florian just listened to the tune: he was open mouth! He really dug it, and especially the damping strick starting 0:58 (and not 1:58!), bringing him a smile.

Btw I heard another impressive effect just at 1:02 and 1:07. How do you do that? Not easy for me visualize as non player. Are you using two mallets, one to play and keep the note and the other to "slide" down the bars? Wow!

It took Florian a few goes and hard listening to hear it, but he finally did.

With your explanations (and the Steve Yeager naming the original tune), I understood its origin and meaning for you: very nice and cleaver!... But... did you read yourself: worms are back!!! :o)

So, is "Pop Goes the Weasel" a "Pop" song in France? I looked on the Internet to see and it appears that it is (that's where I found my cool hint). It's a very well known children's folk song here. It's used most commonly in the "Jack in the Box" toys. I always loved the sound of those tin boxes with the tines creating that "jack in the box" sound. I'm glad you and Florian liked it. It's fun to play and the rhythm in this version is actually really complicated and has many modulations.

Re: the effect you mentioned is exactly as you said. My right hand hammared down on the C and G with a descending gliss while the left hand was playing the third and seventh of the C7 chord (I think). It sounds cool but isn't that difficult.

The most difficult aspect of playing this type of piece is the mallet damping of the melody and some of the harmony notes while allowing the ones you want to sustain. This piece is hard in that way because the melody is in the upper most part of the instrument a lot of the time and the harmony is lower, so you're constantly back and forth with both hands stopping notes you don't want along the way and playing notes you do.

As you listen, notice the three registers happening. Low, middle and upper. The lower is usually just the chord "requirements" such as the third and seventh and the middle is some type of counter melody and/or voicing with rhythm for "conversation" with the upper which is the melody. Each of these things have to be independently dampened. It's difficult to do and takes practice remembering what's going on in each and letting things take place without clashing. Almost like a mind and ear game. This type of playing might be more impressive if you consider what you "don't hear" as much as what you do.

Does anyone hear Jimi Hendrix in this?

oh yes - the riff @;43 and then the whole end tag is referencing "wind cries mary"

i do believe

Steve Yeager


Yeah... Wasn't that a great piece of music? I don't think I have that cut anymore so I'm going to go buy it right now.

I just got on youtube to listen to "Wind cries Mary" (sorry I had never before! :o)

And now I undertand! I understand why I felt, without daring saying it... that this part of the tune sounded so... blues! :o)

Steve, you've been helping me a lot on that one!
John, that is so cleaver!

i think it was stravinsky who said
"a good composer does not imitate - he steals"

i love that

Steve Yeager

oh my

this is brilliant playing john

pop goes the weasel never sounded so hip

Steve Yeager

Thanks Steve, your comments and name of the tune helped me search (wikipedia) and find the right explanation, and fully understand John's own ones!

Today Blake took back "Dolphin Dance" back to our memories... and "Professor Piper" to mine...

Some little nostalgy of the time he was the "guardian of the house", up even before Tony for his daily "Ear training excercice"! I had just joined...

And, good heaven, he wrote that lovely little tune for Florian... I couldn't believe it!

I just wanted to take it out of the dust... For those who never heard it... or will enjoy hearing it again...

John I hope you're happy as the full time fireman you so strongly wanted to be... Come back soon... we miss you.


Me too.

dang how did I miss this! incredible!


you should check out his solo cd. it's pretty incredible. especially from the standpoint of using the 4 mallets. great chops great music.
Tony Miceli
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