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    In Memory of B. Bhutto

    This is an original composition I did recently as a memorial to Be~~~~r Bhutto who, as you probably know by now was sadly assassinated on December 27, 2007.

    I have been following her career for several years and have always been impressed with her smart sense and great courage. Being the first female leader in a mostly Muslim country is quite a statement and example. An example that some of our seemingly enlightened western countries can certainly learn to model. Good, smart leaders are rare and always seem to get assassinated it seems.

    Without giving too much away or trying to interpret for you, the first part is the more heavy, sad, somber part and the second the more positive (what can we learn and appreciate about her, but still very sad, I'm afraid)

    I don't know why, but this site keeps inserting the '~' symbol for some letters of Mrs. Bhutto's first name. (Be~~~~r) Strange! Must be an associated html code or something, something.

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    In Memory of B. Bhutto
    Music happens to be an art form that transcends language. - Herbie Hancock


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    Del - This is a beautiful piece, extremely effective - and written for such an important, worthy reason. Ms. Bhutto is touched by your tribute, I am sure, even though she's no longer with us.

    Mysterious blanking out of her first name - I saw that happen with another name on the Forum recently.

    Thank you --Deeply grateful to hear this, Del.

    Randy B.

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    This is a very moving piece of music. Amazing that you must have written it very quickly since she was killed just last week. I enjoyed it immensely.

    It's very sad but the prospects for democratic secular governments in the Muslim world are not good.

    My job takes me to these topics. I recently spoke with a recently retired USMC Col. who spent a couple of years in Iraq interacting with the Iraqi government intelligence community. I asked him what his thoughts are about the prospects of democracy in Iraq. He told me of a conversation he had with an highly placed Iraqi intelligence officer (Shiite) who told him that when the Americans leave there will not enough rope and telephone wire to take care of the problem.

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    Re: In Memory of B. Bhutto

    Quote Originally Posted by DelCarry
    I don't know why, but this site keeps inserting the '~' symbol for some letters of Mrs. Bhutto's first name. (Be~~~~r) Strange! Must be an associated html code or something, something.
    I bet the four missing letters are the common abbreviation for Nationalsocialism, i.e. "nazi".

    This is taking political correctnes and censorship too far, IMO.

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    Starkly beautiful, stunning compositionally, and exceptionally sensitive.

    Without getting too political, let me just say I understand what moved you to compose this, and you did so with incredible taste and musicianship.


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    the harmonies seem to me to be evocative of the Middle east, and the pounding of the piano suggests violence as the strings break into a wail of grief. i do hear the bit of hope - tentative but still tinged with grief, and the way it ends, fading out and ending on an open chord suggests, to me, a current emptiness and the uncertainty of the future -- what will fill that emptiness?

    Lovely, Del, thanks for posting this.

    (I too was distressed to hear of B.B.'s assasination... it was hard to believe that a woman had been elected in a Muslim country in the first place (for me anyway, maybe I have alot to learn). But I have friends who are Muslim, and they are kind and gentle and open-minded and deep. These things are so unfortunate, the work of an angry fringe. It seems to be so with every tradition -- I read on Islam and found that Mohammed was actually very very liberal especially for his time. (One might say the same of Jesus). I wonder what happens in the human psyche that turns messages of love and brother/sisterhood to poison?
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    Danny said what I am are thinking!

    Del, your music describes this situation very well! And you did it very well!

    Thank you very much for this piece!


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    Well done, Del... Well done!

    The piece is a haunting reflection and works quite well.

    BTW I had the same ~ (tilde) problem with the name of a New Age composer. I will state his name but you will probably see the ~~ signs.


    Very nice work Del, I enjoyed the music and the idea behind the music.
    [Music is the Rhythm, Harmony and Breath of Life]
    "Music is music, and a note's a note" - Louis 'Satchmo' Armstrong


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    Re: In Memory of B. Bhutto

    What a touching tribute to a great lady! I really liked the ending – it was winding down, though kind of sad, it was resolving, and then that harsh dissonance like a string breaking – a little pain before it resolves.
    Trent P. McDonald

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    This is an outstanding job you did on this, Del. It illustrates well the sadness.

    There is, somewhere here in the Dallas area, a group of Pakistanis that are in some way related to the party of the late PM Ms. Bhutto, a friend here knows them and i'll give him this link.

    When i saw the news reports on TV, i was stunned and saddened, even though i was not very familiar with this woman. It was in a public place, a large bank, and almost everyone there seemed completely uninterested, this seemed quite odd to me, and very disturbing.

    You listed on the ingredients, "German Piano." Is it a real piano you played in the mix? It sounds great, all of it did!

    Thanks for posting this beautiful tribute.


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