Today is the Deja Vu Blogfest!
Organized by my good friend, DL Hammons, with Nicole Zoltack helping out this year, the purpose is simple -- to allow bloggers to revive a favorite post from the past year and give it a do-over. To offer one of their neglected, overlooked, and under-appreciated posts a new chance to shine. As DL says:
"On December 19th, anyone who decides to participate will re-post their favorite blog offering from earlier in the year, or one that you believe failed to receive the exposure it deserved."
I considered several older posts for my Deja Vu do-over, but finally decided on this one, where I offer my first piece of music with the "Forgotten Voices" theme -- "Streak of Moonlight." Even after two later entries ("My Name is Romance" and "The Bell Song"), I still consider this to be the 'best' one, and it remains one of my most favorite musical creations.
I hope you enjoy this (slightly edited for presentation) post from 4/8/2014:
Streak of Moonlight
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What do you know? It's been less than a month between my posts! :)
Today I want to share with you my most recent solo, non-wikiloops, musical piece. I call it "Streak of Moonlight". I've uploaded it to my SoundCloud page and you can also listen to it HERE, or right from this blog by clicking on the embedded player below. I hope you like it -- you can read more about it below...
This piece is all me -- I put together the drum tracks from editing and combining some MIDI drum loops that I found, then I added some simple keyboards, bass, rhythm guitar, more keys, lead guitars, a smattering of ambient background guitars.
But there's something else about this piece that was a new experiment for me -- hear the voices?
I've realized that the human voice can add a tremendous amount of emotion and focus to a piece. But I don't sing -- trust me on this. So what to do? Well, I don't want to sample vocals from another musician, and I don't want to deal with copyright infringement, and I'm not going to spend money on what's basically a hobby, and I'm still a little too insecure about my own pieces to try and get any singers I might know to record something for me, so my choices are pretty slim...
Enter the wonder of recordings of old, forgotten radio programs -- I'll stay away from any of the well-known classics. So hopefully in the case of the things I use, the artists involved are long gone and if there were copyrights, they've likely either expired or been shuffled through so many hands that they've essentially been lost. Plus, at this point, what I'm doing is not a commercial endeavor -- I'm not making any money off of this. I'm giving it away for free. So if there were still a valid and tracked copyright that I've unintentionally infringed on by using short samples of radio broadcasts from 70 or more years ago, there are certainly little if any damages, and I will gladly give full and proper attribution or comply with any 'cease and desist' orders should they ever come my way.
So, there you go.
This piece is called "Streak of Moonlight" because the vocal samples come from a episode of a 1936 radio romance which was entitled -- you guessed it -- "Streak of Moonlight." The snippet of strings is also from that recording.
I took my time putting together this piece. Each layer assembled was done slowly, and I like how this turned out. There's still some of that 'jam' feel to it (especially in the double guitars during the third lead break), but it has some nice structure to it, too, I think. It also has a bit of a "chill" feel with some ambient, delay-heavy guitars in the background and my simplistic keyboard drones mixed in.
I really hope you enjoy this, and I'd love to know what you think. Feel free to comment and let me know...
Thanks for listening!
Thank you so much for stopping by during this blog-fest and re-visiting my blast from the past!
I also encourage you to visit the other bloggers taking part in today's Deja Vu blofest. There is a Linky-List at DL's blog listing all of the participants -- check it out HERE, and take a tour of all the do-overs going on around the blogosphere!