With the state of instrumental Rock’n’Roll being
stagnant and stale,the idea of creating a new style
I decided to do something about
it. Thus was born Pirate Music!
Often imitated, but
never equaled, Pirate Music, (not “pirate rock”
squares have referred to it), was briefly showcased at a
few small venues. And then, charlatans arose, with lame
attempts to steal
‘This rock’, or ‘that rock’ popped up from
non-creative “minds” who
could never think of their
own ideas. Sadly, there was nothing new
generic sludge. Just the same old AC/DC muddy guitar
sound with asinine lyrics & dorky outfits.
But Pirate Music 'rocks on' with new chords, new
melodies, and new
forms of composition!
Based on the romantic idea of “Program Music”,
Pirate Music has all
of its titles based on actual
events in the history of piracy!
With song titles like“Blackbeards 14 Teenage
Wives”, & “The Blockade Of Charleston”, Pirate music
is dramatically affecting as well as being historically
accurate. There are fast rocking numbers, (“The Pirates
Of Barataria”), & slow romantic ballads, (“Blood In
Although meant to be performed with just guitar
& drums, I have composed a medley of my favorite
Pirate Music songs, & scored it for string
orchestra. This work includes several new and original
playing techniques for each of the String instruments,
as is proper for an orchestral rendition of a new style
of music that is revolutionary, such as Pirate Music!!!
Year of our Lord 2009, Frank Lee Sprague