But here's a cute little number I slaved over Saturday night. The melody of the first strain is something that has been in my head for months, and while it came easily, I had no idea what to do with the left hand. It took me about five hours to finish that one strain alone... and then I tweaked it again later in the composing process.
I compose using a sheet music program, essentially writing on virtual staff paper. When I had the first strain pretty much complete, I said to myself out loud, "OK, let's save this puppy..." I clicked Save As, then stared at the window. "Um, what shall I call this??" The fact that I called it a "puppy" got me wondering; I hadn't heard of any rags called Puppy, strangely. I looked in A Ragtime Compendium, which lists every ragtime tune known to man, and surprisingly there was no Puppy Rag. I decided to make it a bit cuter and name this Puppy Dog Rag.
Being a dog-titled tune, I just had to write a "dogfight" for it (the interlude played between repeats of the third strain -- a common element in marches).
I haven't put it on my web site yet, but here's the MIDI sequence all spiffed up and sounding good: Click to play it! Woof woof!
Ain't it cute??