Rooftop Trombone in the Age of Covid-19, v1.0

18 March - 01 July 2020

When Malaysia began its Movement Control Order (lockdown) on 18 March 2020, Don Bowyer committed to streaming live music and bad jokes at 5pm everyday until the lockdown was lifted. This continued for 106 consecutive days, until 01 July 2020. Initially streamed through his Facebook page, these videos are now available as a Playlist on YouTube and collected together below on this page.

Subsequently, he did the same thing for 70 consecutive days for the second lockdown from 14 October through 22 December 2020 and began a third series for the lockdown that began 13 January 2021.

Dean of the School of Arts at Sunway University in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Bowyer is an American who has been in Malaysia since December 2016.

Week 15 (plus one)


01 July – Day 106

Bonus Day!

  • Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
  • House of the Rising Sun
  • My Romance
  • What a Wonderful World

30 June – Day 105

  • Lockdown Blues
  • Señorita
  • Pretty Woman
  • Covid19 Blues (Based on Bessie Smith's Backwater Blues)

29 June – Day 104

  • Anticipation
  • Leaving on a Jet Plane
  • Flying Home

28 June – Day 103

  • Silly Rhymes #1: Merle the Squirrel
  • Silly Rhymes #2: Laura Belle the Gazelle
  • Silly Rhymes #3: Tony the Pony
  • Silly Rhymes #4: A Monkey in the Zoo
  • Silly Rhymes #5: Donna the Iguana
  • Silly Rhymes #6: Claire the Bear

27 June – Day 102

  • Rhythm is Gonna Get You
  • Come Rain or Come Shine
  • Turn the Beat Around

26 June – Day 101

  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Autumn in New York
  • Blue Room

25 June – Day 100

  • Only You
  • Unchained Melody
  • Up, Up, and Away

24 June – Day 99

Tribute to a Friend

  • Dear Old Stockholm
  • Swedish Pastry
  • Vem Kan Segla

23 June – Day 98

  • Fundamentally Fearful
  • Just Lookin’
  • Deft Counteraction

22 June – Day 97

  • It Had to be You
  • It Could Happen to You
  • It’s You or No One

21 June – Day 96

Happy Father's Day!

  • My Heart Belongs to Daddy
  • Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone
  • Dancing in the Street
  • Space Oddity
  • September
  • For the Longest Time
  • Yorktown
  • Havana
  • Bohemian Rhapsody
  • Itchin’ in the Kitchen
  • Rocket Man/Crocodile Rock
  • Uptown Funk

20 June – Day 95

  • Cantaloupe Island
  • Watermelon Man

19 June – Day 94

  • Boogie Wonderland
  • After the Love is Gone
  • September

18 June – Day 93

  • With a Little Help from my Friends
  • Yesterday
  • Hey Jude

17 June – Day 92

  • Anybody Really Know what Time it Is?
  • Just You ’n Me
  • 25 or 6 to 4

16 June – Day 91

  • Beautiful Love
  • Darn that Dream
  • Blue Trane

15 June – Day 90

  • Superstition
  • Isn’t She Lovely
  • You Are the Sunshine of My Life

14 June – Day 89

  • That’s What I Like
  • Versace on the Floor
  • Uptown Funk

13 June – Day 88

  • April in Paris
  • Poor Butterfly
  • All the Things You Are

12 June – Day 87

  • But Not For Me
  • But Beautiful
  • All About that Bass

11 June – Day 86

  • Take a Chance on Me
  • Fernando
  • Dancing Queen

10 June – Day 85

  • Comin’ Home Baby
  • Donna
  • Almost Like Being in Love

09 June – Day 84

  • We Will Rock You
  • We are the Champions
  • Bohemian Rhapsody

08 June – Day 83

  • Spinning Wheel
  • You’ve Made Me So Very Happy
  • Lucretia Mac Evil

07 June – Day 82

  • Sway
  • Fly Me to the Moon
  • Quando, Quando, Quando

06 June – Day 81

  • Let’s Dance
  • Heroes
  • Space Oddity

05 June – Day 80

  • Easy to Love
  • All of You
  • Could It Be You

04 June – Day 79

  • Philadelphia Freedom
  • Rocket Man
  • Crocodile Rock

03 June – Day 78

  • A Fine Romance
  • Doxy
  • A Foggy Day

02 June – Day 77

  • Bad Bad Leroy Brown
  • Time in a Bottle
  • You Don’t Mess Around with Jim

01 June – Day 76

  • Piano Man
  • Just the Way You Are
  • Uptown Girl

01 May – Day 75

  • Night and Day
  • Blue Monk
  • Cheek to Cheek

30 May – Day 74

  • What’s Goin On
  • Let it Be
  • Dancing in the Streets

29 May – Day 73

  • Fables for Faubus
  • Black and Blue

28 May – Day 72

  • Satin Doll
  • Lush Life
  • Take the A Train

27 May – Day 71

From Hamilton:

  • Helpless
  • Yorktown (The World Turned Upside Down)

26 May – Day 70

  • As Time Goes By - Waltz
  • As Time Goes By - Ballad
  • As Time Goes By - Latin

25 May – Day 69

  • Bugs and Gas
  • Dos Gatos Diablos
  • Fancy Pants Dance

24 May – Day 68

  • Bernie’s Tune
  • It’s Only a Paper Moon
  • Sugar

23 May – Day 67

  • Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious
  • Chim Chim Cher-ee
  • Spoonful of Sugar

22 May – Day 66

  • Bare Necessities
  • My Own Home
  • I Wanna Be Like You

21 May – Day 65

  • One Jump
  • A Whole New World
  • Prince Ali

20 May – Day 64

  • So this is Love
  • A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes
  • Bibbidi Bibbidi Bop

19 May – Day 63

  • I Just Can’t Wait to be King
  • Can You Feel the Love Tonight
  • Hakuna Mutata

18 May – Day 62

  • Kiss the Girl
  • Part of Your World
  • Under the Sea

17 May – Day 61

  • For the First Time in Forever
  • Do You Want to Build a Snowman?
  • Let it Go

16 May – Day 60

  • California Girls
  • Good Vibrations
  • Wouldn’t it be Nice

15 May – Day 59

Happy Burthday, Carter!

  • That’s Not What My Teacher Said
  • Lullaby for Carter
  • Laughing Baby

14 May – Day 58

  • Mr. PC
  • Stella by Starlight
  • Feeling Good

13 May – Day 57

  • Miss You Madly

12 May – Day 56

  • Black Orpheus
  • Twelfth of Never
  • Up on the Roof

11 May – Day 55

  • Just Friends
  • El Amor Cubano
  • Out to Lunch

10 May – Day 54

Happy Mother's Day!

  • I Wanna Hold Your Hand
  • Mother and Child Reunion
  • Someone to Watch Over Me
  • Pretty Woman
  • Señorita
  • Days of Wine and Roses
  • Make You Feel My Love
  • What a Wonderful World
  • I Love You

09 May – Day 53

  • Hush Puppies, No Onions
  • At Last
  • Mercy, Mercy, Mercy

08 May – Day 52

  • Bad Hair Day Blues
  • Bluesy Ballad
  • Where’s the Songo

07 May – Day 51

Happy Birthday, New Oeleans!

  • Bill Bailey won’t You Please Come Home
  • Do You Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans
  • When the Saints Go Marching In

06 May – Day 50

  • Blue Bossa
  • Easy Livin’
  • In a Mellow Tone

05 May – Day 49

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

  • La Bamba
  • Amor a la Mexicana

04 May – Day 48

  • No More Blues
  • Laura
  • Left Over Vowels

03 May – Day 47

Happy birthday, Frankie Valli & James Brown!

  • Can’t Take My Eyes off of You
  • I Feel Good!

02 May – Day 46

Happy birthday, Lorenz Hart!

  • Isn’t It Romantic
  • My Funny Valentine
  • Have You Met Miss Jones

01 May – Day 45

  • Caravan
  • Havana

30 April – Day 44

Happy International Jazz Day!

  • All of Me
  • Misty
  • I Love You

29 April – Day 43

Happy birthday, Duke Ellington & Willie Nelson!

  • Perdido
  • On the Road Again
  • It Don’t Mean a Thing

28 April – Day 42

  • Stand By Me
  • Happy

27 April – Day 41

  • I Let a Song Go Out of my Heart
  • I Left My Heart in San Francisco
  • Achy Breaky Heart

26 April – Day 40

  • Skylark
  • Mumbles

25 April – Day 39

Happy birthday, Ella Fitzgerald!

  • Lady is a Tramp
  • How High the Moon

24 April – Day 38

Happy birthday, Joe Henderson & Kelly Clarkson!

  • Isotope
  • My Life Would Such Without You

23 April – Day 37

Happy birthday, Roy Orbison!

  • Only the Lonely
  • Pretty Woman
  • Here’s that Rainy Day

22 April – Day 36

Happy birthday, Charles Mingus & Glen Campbell!

  • Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head
  • Goodbye Porkpie Hat
  • Wichita Lineman

21 April – Day 35

  • My Romance
  • Bye Bye Blackbird

20 April – Day 34

Happy birthday, Tito Puente & Georg Philip Telemann!

  • Sueños Tropicales
  • Telemann Fantasy
  • FF=Fortissimo

19 April – Day 33

  • Ticket to Ride
  • Help!

18 April – Day 32

  • Three Moods(three movements)

17 April – Day 31

  • Angel Eyes
  • Autumn Leaves

16 April – Day 30

Happy birthday, Henry Mancini & Dusty Springfield!

  • Moon River
  • Son of a Preacher Man

15 April – Day 29

Happy birthday, Bessie Smith & Roy Clark!

  • Covid19 Blues (Based on Bessie Smith's Backwater Blues)
  • Ghost Riders in the Sky

14 April – Day 28

  • Summertime
  • There Will Never Be Another You

13 April – Day 27

Happy birthday, Al Green!

  • Let’s Stay Together
  • I’m so Tired of Being Alone

12 April – Day 26

Easter Sunday: Music from Jesus Christ Superstar

  • I Don’t Know How to Love Him
  • Heaven on their Minds

11 April – Day 25

  • Pink Panther
  • Very Stable Genius

10 April – Day 24

  • Days of Wine and Roses
  • I Could Write a Book

09 April – Day 23

In Memorium

  • Dies Irae
  • Precious Lord, Take My Hand

08 April – Day 22

Happy birthday, Carmen McRae!

  • My Foolish Heart
  • Them There Eyes

07 April – Day 21

  • Spoonful of Sugar
  • When You Wish Upon a Star

06 April – Day 20

  • Eleanor Rigby
  • Come Together

05 April – Day 19

  • Multiple Vision(four movements)

04 April – Day 18

  • Ain’t No Sunshine
  • Lean on Me

03 April – Day 17

  • Itchin’ in the Kitchen

02 April – Day 16

  • Just a Closer Walk with Thee
  • When the Saints Go Marching In

01 April – Day 15

  • Alone Again, Naturally
  • I Wanna Hold Your Hand

31 March – Day 14

  • In a Sentimental Mood
  • Tenor Madness

30 March – Day 13

  • Stay Home (Somewhere Over the Rainbow

29 March – Day 12

  • Bass Trombone Concerto(movememts 2 & 3

28 March – Day 11

  • Bass Trombone Concerto(movement 1)

27 March – Day 10

  • Someone to Watch Over Me
  • You are My Sunshine

26 March – Day 09

  • Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
  • Solitude
  • Take the A Train

25 March – Day 08

  • Isolatin’ Blues

24 March – Day 07

  • Trombone Triathlon(three movements)

23 March – Day 06

  • Too Soon

22 March – Day 05

  • Blue Skies
  • Come Sunday

21 March – Day 04

  • Bare Necessities
  • What a Wonderful World

20 March – Day 03

Silly Rhymes#4, 5, & 6:

  • Donna the Iguana
  • Laura Belle the Gazella
  • Claire the Bear

19 March – Day 02

Silly Rhymes#2 & 3:

  • Tony the Pony
  • A Monkey in the Zoo

18 March – Day 01

Silly Rhymes#1:

  • Merle the Squirrel

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