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Monica Ashton Productions: List of Works

List of Works by Genre

 

Asterisks mean these are songs from the Jazz CD. If you want to purchase the album, please see "Buy". There are links there to sites where the CD is being sold. If you can't click on the links on this page, please cut and paste and put in your browser. I'm updating my website soon to have this capability.

 

Piano Music

Theme from The Chosen 1972

I wrote this piece when I was 11 after reading Chaim Potok’s book, The Chosen. The Theme was sold to a “back lot” Studio for $50.00. Not bad for an 11-year-old, eh? Will put this in digitized form soon.

 

*Opus Fopus No. 1 1981 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f8YGwaCOnDw&index=9&list=PLpV8eyDsHnlWoothxE0O5c6qwGdSWeRPu

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sF07cacMyGI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qYKeYuaLas0

Wrote this as a “take-off” on classical music, right after I graduated with a classical music degree.

 

Anekatomena 1999

I was asked to write something for a showcase at a Greek church in New Rochelle, NY for the Millenium. I took old church chants and made them into a piano instrumental medley. Cassette recording only. 

 

*Thanksgiving '01 2001 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPV0p-AL4og&list=PLpV8eyDsHnlWoothxE0O5c6qwGdSWeRPu&index=1

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bDnbRwWZmo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Diz0XUSnKHU

Wrote this the night before I did an internet broadcast the Thanksgiving right after 9/11. I had lived through it in NYC. Listen for the 4 stages of grief, shock, anger, acceptance and letting go.

 

*Toora2 2005 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=taHW82GjSM4&list=PLpV8eyDsHnlWoothxE0O5c6qwGdSWeRPu&index=5

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8z88DonOUw

My Mom had a beautiful coloratura soprano voice. Used to sing this Irish Lullaby to us. Toora2 is named thus because Toora1 wasn’t very good. :)

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*Melancolia 2006 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-4RMBnjP2c&list=PLpV8eyDsHnlWoothxE0O5c6qwGdSWeRPu&index=8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmYoYXucIQg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nqd3gaXA0Bg

I wrote this for my stepson Danny who went through a tough depression as a teenager.

 

Lenny 2009

Lenny was a cat I had while living in Northern California. Great personality. Hoping this will go on my next CD.

 

Jazz Ensemble


*Fantasia in F (Piano and Flute) 1972

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zTmUpYrlwM&list=PLpV8eyDsHnlWoothxE0O5c6qwGdSWeRPu&index=3

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mPyUHj0FVn U

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HxnKjz19nQM

Wrote this when I was 11 during band camp. A flutist became a friend, so I wrote something for her.

 

*Caribbean Festival (jazz ensemble) 1982

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qlD72mAO20&index=4&list=PLpV8eyDsHnlWoothxE0O5c6qwGdSWeRPu

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MqcmkVacekw

This was the band’s “signature” piece in the Bay Area. Everyone always loved it. I wrote it right after graduating from college. Was too poor to get to the Caribbean at the time.

 

*Edmond’s Lament (jazz ensemble) 1992

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhnOAkx_zao&index=7&list=PLpV8eyDsHnlWoothxE0O5c6qwGdSWeRPu

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RfvQJqjR9wM

Wrote this after a bad break up with a fellow named Edmond!

 

*Ending Credits (jazz ensemble) 1994

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YgtSXiYT1ZY&list=PLpV8eyDsHnlWoothxE0O5c6qwGdSWeRPu&index=2

https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=S8w0ey4L6s4

I was asked to write the music for a student film a friend was doing for her film class when I lived on Staten Island. This was the Ending Credits music. She got an A+!

 

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*Forty & Sporty (jazz ensemble) 1999

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oDeJc474Z5g&index=6&list=PLpV8eyDsHnlWoothxE0O5c6qwGdSWeRPu

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZ9J8iFfoTM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBCOrzGCVbI

My first husband took me to a fancy French restaurant for my 40th birthday. He brought a candle for my cake that had “Forty and Sporty” written on it. Inspiration is a crazy thing.

 

*Summertime (Gershwin, Arr. Ashton for jazz ensemble) 2004

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXvLQadKLbE&list=PLpV8eyDsHnlWoothxE0O5c6qwGdSWeRPu&index=11

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXN-XPAG1Y4

This is my favorite song of all time. Was a dream come true to get this on the CD we did at Skywalker.

 

*For Bri (jazz ensemble) 2005 

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hPkSpRTD1-I&index=10&list=PLpV8eyDsHnlWoothxE0O5c6qwGdSWeRPu

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LO-WU3YRtRc

Wrote this for my ex. Pretty complicated song...guess that’s all I need to say!

 

Staten Island Ferry Blues (jazz ensemble) 2010

I had the “hook” for this song in my head for years. Finally was able to put something together with it when I was living in LA years later. Hope to put this on the next CD.

 

Doin’ The Dewey (jazz ensemble) 2018

Most recent song about living in Northern Arizona out in the sticks. Looking forward to performing this live with my band, and getting it on the next CD.


Classical

Stopping By Woods for Soprano and Piano (1980)

I wrote this my senior year of college. It was part of an assignment for my composition class. Put music to Robert Frost’s famous poem. It was premiered in NY at St. Bartholomew’s in 1989 by Peter Graham, bass-baritone. Need to put in digitized form.

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1980 Violin Concerto (1st Movement)

One of my roommates was a wonderful violinist, Juliana. I wrote this for her, but apparently it was pretty impossible to play. Would love to edit the 1st Movement so it is playable, and finish the Concerto someday.

 

Liturgical

Selections from Mass (SATB and Organ) 1985

One of my best friends, Pat, got married in 1985. I offered to write the music for her wedding. Found four wonderful soloists and an organist for the wedding who did a great job with it. Some selections from the Mass have been digitized. Need to do the rest. All will be in pdf format soon for purchase on here.

 

Selections from Greek Orthodox Liturgy (SATB and Organ). 2000 to present

I have been trying to complete a Greek Orthodox Liturgy for many years now. Hope to finish it soon. Some of it has been digitized, and I might put some of it up here, but I am hoping to finish the Liturgy so I can present it as a full work to be performed eventually.

 

Chamber Ensemble Works

Chamber Trio Waltz (Violin, clarinet, harpsichord) 1984

Wrote this for my sister’s wedding in Ohio. She had a lovely garden wedding. Friends of her husband performed the piece. There is a video somewhere. Hope to have it on YouTube soon.

 

Pain (ContraBass Flute, Flute, Alto Sax, Baritone Sax, String Quartet, Piano ) 2008

Was commissioned to write this piece for a ContraBass flute player, Peter Sheridan from Melbourne, Australia. People have told me it sounds like Philip Glass. Kind of an odd ensemble mix, but it was fun to put it all together. Hope to get it performed some day live. We almost got it into the Fringe Festival in Melbourne. Hoping for something a little closer if possible! This will be for sale soon on this website in pdf format.

 

Two Magnoliae (Baritone Sax, Oboe, Piano) 2011

This was a commissioned piece for a friend who was looking for “serious” baritone saxophone pieces. Not sure it’s serious, but I was inspired to write this while being stuck in traffic in LA on the 101. Sadly, there were only 2 magnolia blossoms on a tree off the freeway. They inspired me to write this. It was premiered in 2016 at West Point Military Academy’s Jazz Forum concert. No recording yet. Hoping this gets onto the next CD.

 

Pop


Find Another Girl (vocal and piano) 1984

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I wrote a lot of pop songs in the 80’s. I was in my 20s then. This one was inspired by a fellow who was looking for something I wasn’t. This was recorded as part of a duo I was in, VanAsh in the Bay Area in 2003. Hoping to re-record this soon for the next CD.

 

Ray’s Song (vocal and piano) 1986

Wrote this for a guy I was dating from Queens named Ray. No recordings, and probably won't be any!

 

I’ve Got To Understand (vocal and piano) 1986

Another relationship gone awry. And not worth recording...


Tell Me (vocal and piano) 1987

I was starting to delve into some Gospel music at this time. There are lyrics somewhere...(!).

 

Amazing Grace/Let It Be (Arr. Ashton) 2010

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3mRa46DPn8

Love both of these songs, and always thought it would be fun to see if they could be put together somehow. Wrote this arrangement while I lived in LA. I hope to arrange this for choir one of these days. My friend Patrick Fleming and I sang this at an Open Mic in LA the day it was written just to try it out.

 

Musical Theatre

 

Selections from Banjos & Bugles 2010

In 2010, I was commissioned by David Sector to write the music for his play, Banjos and Bugles, about what life was like in NYC after the Civil War. My task was to take old Civil War tunes and “upgrade” them. (We did this years before Hamilton was around.) We produced a demo and shopped it around. Nothing materialized..but neither of us had time to really market it. Would be great to see this come to fruition on the stage some day. I might put some of these up on here from the demo...we'll see.

Jubilo (Kingdom Coming)

This song is usually done with white folks on banjos. I turned it into a pretty funky mix. Featuring Patrick Fleming on vocals and percussion.

When This Cruel War Is Over

Featuring Karen Hart on vocals. www.karenhartmusic.com​ ).

The Panting Slave (Underground Railcar)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_YqPW-Igek

This was a straightforward ballad originally. I gave it a driving rhythm and Patrick was amazing on the vocals. We tried it out one night at an Open Mic in Culver City the same day it was recorded for the demo reel.

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Film Music

The Color Within 1994

I was asked to write the music for this student film. Best thing that came out of this was an amazing choreographed dance of Fantasia in F, and Ending Credits, both of which are on the Monica Ashton Jazz Band CD.

 

The Quake  2010

Everyone, including me, was devastated by the Haiti Quake of 2010. I commissioned an amazing violinist I met in LA who lives in Ohio to help me with this, Chris Howes. www.christianhowes.com. He is featured on here. The piece basically goes through the stages of a slight rumble, to the quake at its worst, with some aftershocks and finally fades away. Hope to re-record this for the next CD, with Chris if I can get him.

 

Dance Music

Techno End of the World Party Music (Web Series) 2010

This was for a web series trailer produced by Jacqie Bowe, a comedian and film director in LA about the end of the world. It was the ending music for the trailer which has since disappeared from YouTube! Oh well...it was fun.

 

Christmas Music

Today Is Christmas (vocal and piano) 1982

I was a pretty angsty 20 something in the 80’s. Wrote this after a depressing Christmas with family. We had just lost our grandfather, so it was a tough one. I did record this with VanAsh. Might re-record for the next CD.

 

A Glassy Christmas (synthesizers, piano) 2008

An old friend from childhood, Fran Croke, put together a website for travelers to NY at Christmastime and asked me to write some “underlying” music for the website. This is really a “loop” that I added a lot of “synth” sounds to, all Christmas tunes, if you can recognize them. Mixed by Randall Willis in LA. Unfortunately, her website is no longer, but I enjoyed doing this project for her.

Monica Ashton - List of Works by Genre