during a break at the store, i picked up a copy of real book i and began flipping through the pages searching for “longish” strings of circular progressions.

after about 20 minutes, i had scribbled up a full looseleaf page with the following  results:

“a child is born” bars 12-18

“a foggy day” bars 2-5 & 22-28

“afternoon in paris” bars 1-5

“alice in wonderland” bars 19-24

“all of me” bars 9-17

“all the things you are” bars 1-5, 6-12 & 24-30

“anthropology” bars 3.5-6, 9-17, 19.5-22

“autumn leaves” bars 5-12 & 17-24

“beautiful love” bars 1-7

“black diamond” bars 10-14

“blue room” bars 3.5-6

“bluesette” bars 3-18

“blues for alice” bars 2-6

and then i began feeling a bit silly.

any fool with half a brain and a set of real books could do the exact same thing i was doing. so i quit.

the lengthiest circular progression i found so far was in the tune “bluesette”.

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