In the spirit of our fabulously successful Listening Room Festival, I'm posting the next "Tom Sawyer" piece less than a week after I posted the last one. That's greased lightning posting speed compared to the 4 months between my 1st and 2nd "Sawyer" posts last year, when I waited patiently for the first entry to retire to the second page!
"It's A Big World" (instrumentation listed below)
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Tom and Becky are lost in the labyrinthine depths of McDougal's Caves. They're both scared, cold, hungry, and despairing.
Tom rises to the occasion. It's his trial by fire, his chance to take the first step from childhood to adulthood, beginning his initiation into the world of men.
His rites of passage begin with the simple act of pushing through the bonds of his own fears and focusing on the act of comforting Becky. By the end of the song, Tom and Becky are firmly holding each other's hand, full of renewed hope, even though they're still surrounded by complete darkness and danger.
Not only has Tom pulled them out of hopelessness, he's led them to a new level in their relationship. For the first time they've gotten a glimpse of what actual, true love means.
Between the last number, "Celebrate" and this, a lot happens:
--Injun Joe catches his partner sneaking off to dig up the gold they've been hoarding so he can have it all to himself. Joe slits Pard's throat, then stalks off to find and kill Tom Sawyer who identified Joe in the court room as Doc Robinson's murderer.
--The townspeople pour into McDougal's Caves, then split up to have fun exploring. Tom and Becky are soon off their own, Tom guaranteeing Becky that nobody knows the caves as well as him, and that it'd be impossible for them to get lost.
--After a series of mishaps* they end up deep into unknown corners of the caves, lost, completely cut off. Song cue.
The dramatic climax of the cave scene, and of the whole show, will be in the next and final "Sawyer" post.
For those interested in hearing a few more underscoring cues:
--Tom shows Becky his favorite room at McDougal's cCaves.
Alladin's Palace 0:21
--As the kids wander deeper into the caves, a huge swarm of bats attacks them, driving them into unknown regions where Tom loses his bearings.
--In shouting for help, Tom accidentally sets off an avalanche which seals them off and makes their situation all the more dire.
Garritan instruments in "Big World" (some additional instruments were used in the underscoring cues)**
Steinway Jazz Piano - JABB
Harmonica - JABB (with wah-wah and EQ automation, as described in earlier "Sawyer" threads)
Banjo – WORLD
Full strings KS
Violin 1 solo KS
1st strings KS
Violin 2 solo KS
2nd strings KS
Viola solo KIS
Cello 1 solo KS
Bass solo KS
SAM French Horn section
Broomstick Bass - Fender Precision
Strum Electric Guitar
Edirol Orchestral - Horn rips
** “Alladin's Palace” has a number of Garritan World instruments, and a Sample Tank vocal patch for the Soprano.
Basic Middle East Percussion
“Bats” has GPO strings plus two patches from Dimension Pro
“Avalanche” these instruments from GPO along with a string patch from Dim Pro:
French Horn 1 Solo AG
French Horn Overly f AG
Trumpet 1 solo AG
Trumpet Overly AG
Trombone Overlay AG
Tuba 2 solo AG
All three underscores listed here also have sound effects mixed in. The hollow "cave" sound at the end of Alladin is similar to a windy cave sound I developed which plays continuously throughout the scene at various levels.
Next time – THE FINALE!