This particular piece has a long history. It first started out as a “spoof” on Green Day’s “Espionage” back when I was 16. I played it at several concerts with my band called Look What I Can Doo (yes there are 2 ‘o’s in doo for a reason). Rather than mimicking the “spy song” feeling we looked more into the structure of the song by using a repeated pattern that moved up and down in 5ths and 4ths with a few short choruses.
Later I brought the piece back to life in my second year at Florida Southern College. Our task was to write a composition with piano and another instrument. I added piano around the main theme to fill in the gaps and to add a little more depth. The piece was originally written for tenor voice (with Matt Habib singing) and piano but in later revisions I switched to piano and baritone saxophone. The second theme in the new version of Musical Couch is all new material. The melody in this part was originally written for the tenor voice but it suited the Bari Sax just as well.
Eventually it became the piece played at the American Composers Recital on April 19, 2008 and then changed again by my Senior Composition Recital on April 25, 2008. This particular recording was done at the American Composers Recital. I had actually not known that this piece was being preformed until I had read over the program notes during the actual recital.