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Cruisin’ for a Bruisin’ is a saying that the composer’s father used to quote often to him as a child, but now Mr. Money wishes to share this same advice to the next generation who wish also to partake in similar mischievous ambitions. Reminding both performer and listener that music is truly universal and the language of the soul, Cruisin’ for a Bruisin’ incorporates styles from all around the globe including: the reverberations of the rich culture in Africa, driving cadences found in the streets, homes, and hearts of Latin American, and modern dance rhythms pulsating in the clubs of Europe and the United States. The work opens as the cowbell takes center stage leading the ensemble and providing the framework for the entire piece. Each instrument has its moment to shine uniting under one exciting and exhilarating groove only refreshingly interrupted by syncopated African call-and-responses. Billy Joel once said, “No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music. It’s an explosive expression of humanity.” This composition tries to capture that spirit of humanity and culture, therefore failure to heed advice will lead to Cruisin’ for a Bruisin’.
The dedication is in honor of Rodney Money’s adopted daughter Elizabeth Kristen Overfelt who loves him more than dance, and he loves her more than ice-cream.
Bass Drum – Hand Drum – Marimba – Marimba – Rhythm instruments – Rhythm instruments – Rhythm instruments – Xylophone – Xylophone