Apologies in advance to those of you who are sick of rounds but I found this quite by accident and sort of fell in love with it. It was written by the New York street musician Moondog. I’ve been familiar with some of his music for many years but this was new to me. He makes a very interesting read, by the way! And I see now that a documentary about his life, “The Viking of 6th Avenue”, is in production for release sometime this year. So, this is timely and topical!
There are two versions of this round, Nero’s Expedition: the simplified version, which I suggest you start with, and the one Moondog actually wrote which is considerably more difficult to sing due to all the diminished chord intervals he used. But have a go at both! It will be interesting to see which version you prefer. We’ll give this an outing at our next session.
Also, at the bottom of the page you’ll find Moondog’s original recording of the song.
Nero’s Expedition – simplified version audio
Nero’s Expedition – original version audio
Also, here is Moondog’s original recording of the song!