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    Saga Of A Trail Of Tears

    Descriptive work about the historical Trail the Indians made to their new
    home in Oklahoma.
    This is a revision of one of my first entries to Northern Sound. It was written two years ago. Onee second shorter. I guess I must be learning brevity. Turn volume down a little.

    Gary

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    Last edited by garymosse; 03-09-2008 at 05:46 PM. Reason: adjustment

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    Hey Gary,

    Very odd and interesting!

    You have incorporated the native American flute sound with a bizarre combination of vibe, cymbals, and bell; to express struggle perhaps - very creative! Not what I expected - which is a good thing. Also nice short string passages - it's cohesive with very detached instrumental expressions. Great job - very unique!

    Michael
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    Hello Gary -

    After listening to your piece, I THEN read your suggestion to turn down the volume. I had turned it up for another piece that was mixed a bit on the quiet side. LOL!

    Nice work, Gary! I enjoyed the listen!

    Thank you for sharing your piece!

    Ted
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    Re: Saga Of A Trail Of Tears

    Thanks for listening, Michael.
    This piece has taken a lot of twist & turns since its inception. I guess my thing is to try the unexpected.

    Thanks for listening to the Saga... Ted.
    Gary

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    Gary

    I was told today by my Math professor that I don't know music. He said music is not to tell a story but just to exist. Since I want an A from the
    man, I didn't tell him how wrong he is. Every piece I have written tells a story and this one does as well.

    I have always viewed instruments as a means to convey the emotions that I believe are in a story. The Trail of Tears is a sad tale of the 5 civilized tribes and how our government treated these people. I can hear their story in your music.

    Well done



    Ron

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    Thanks for listening, Ron.
    I had a college English Professor who talked about a Famous composer who was born wealthy, but didn't invest his money. He only wrote music. Wasted!!
    I thought at the time that he was testing his students to refute the disparagement of Art.
    Music serves many functions in the World.
    It is used in drama and movies to set a particular mood; it is part of formal
    rituals; it expresses feelings of emotion-joy or sadness; it propels people to
    action, i.e. Military marches, Patriotic music; it soothes both Man & Beast
    (chickens lay more eggs, cows give more milk; disturbed people/children function better; Northern sound composers & arrangers have an outlet....
    Ask him how many of those functions are served by Math. or not...
    Gary

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    An interesting exercise in narrative, Gary,
    and I'd say a very successful one. I also
    appreciate the choice of ensemble in this.

    On the sound, this seems mixed extremely
    wide, to me. I would think it would benefit
    by moving a lot of these fellows a little
    more toward the center.

    My best,



    David
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    Re: Saga Of A Trail Of Tears

    This was pretty interesting and I liked the instrument choices.

    I also think the instrument spread was a little wide. Maybe it was the cymbals mostly that seemed out of place but perhaps you wanted to use them as a narrative effect.

    Otherwise it sounded very good.

    A sad chapter in U.S. history.


    Phil

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    Re: Saga Of A Trail Of Tears

    Thanks for listening, David.
    Sometimes what works with one piece isn't duplicated(in the panning process.)
    Gary

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    Thanks for listening, Phil.
    I find that having a mood to create is much more effective in my writing. I guess it gives me focus and limits my meandering...
    Gary

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