Home Music Articles Forums Blog Chat More...      

Deliberating the Call v3b (HJP)


by

Doug Somers

 Genre: Classical

Get Flash to see this player.

Description
In a small room facing the west she sits alone in the quiet gloaming and considers the events of the morning. Her world had been shaken to its roots by the strange traveller she had met after breakfast in the market. He spoke of ill events, misfortune and hardship for her village. Something had to be done to turn the tide of this doom. Something she, with the map and gem he had entrusted to her, supposedly had a hope of seeing through to its conclusion. What to do? Answer this call to adventure, leaving behind all she knows and loves, and taking on a quest with no plan of how to accomplish it? Or turn a deaf ear and hope the events the traveller foretold are just a frightening story. Either way she senses she will never be quite the same, whatever her decision.

Outside, the silence is broken by a sudden breeze rustling through the lofty branches outside her window. And she knows what she must do.


-------------------------------------------------------------

This piece is written around the heroine, to let a different kind of music flow forth for this project, and to illustrate that all people have their heroic moments, be they big or small journeys, and male or female protagonists. And while I have written a setting above that is mythical in its elements, I could have just as easily described a young woman heading off to study abroad for the first time in her life.

I intended to use a minimalist setting for this work and also am keeping to a detached phrasing kind of style that lets the music move more spontaneously.
-----------------------------------------------------------
Update for v3: I have added a mid section that extends the piece for more listener experience 'soak time' to explore more fully the situation described in the story. I found in the addition that I was expressing more of the uncertainty, fear, bravery and determination that our heroine was experiencing as she was making her decision, and I strayed away from the quiet calm of the introduction and finale. By contrast, the finale should now resolve itself through chord progressions to a conclusion of quiet determination, reflecting a decision which still contains some inner conflict but nevertheless sets out a direction our heroine has now chosen to follow. I hope that you find the new piece works as a whole with integrity and balance.

As always, comments are welcome.

This piece is dedicated to my lovely wife and wonderful daughter - both heroines in my eyes.
Leave a Comment
You must be registered and logged-in to comment.
Song Stats
Hits: 3691
Comments: 32
Fans: 18
Plays: 93
Downloads: 152
Votes: 3
Uploaded: Mar 30, 2008 - 11:07:22 PM
Last Updated: Mar 30, 2008 - 11:07:22 PM Last Played: Mar 19, 2017 - 08:39:51 PM
Song License
Creative Commons License:
Attribution-NoDerivs-NonCommercial

Creative Commons

Song Actions
share on facebook share on twitter download song
Hardware:
MacBook Pro, Akai MPK49
Software:
Logic 7.2, Kontakt 3.0, VSL
Comments
gail60 said 3526 days ago (March 30th, 2008)
ahh beautiful
Just so pretty Doug. What a nice dedication to the heroines in your life. You have so much talent making music Doug and it is always such a pleasure to listen to. What an interesting ending surprise when you changed the emotion in the song completely. This is a lovely piece, thanks for sharing it with us.
Check out my latest song called Ed - Forever in our hearts
Doug Somers said 3526 days ago (March 31st, 2008)
Gail it's always a pleasure to hear from you
Thank you so much for your kind remarks. They spur me on to new creative endeavours and push my art forward. I have been so happy to hear your new work as well.

The tie between sound and emotional feeling is a wonderful mystery of which I still have many depths to plumb. It is quite magical though, don't you think?

All the best,
Doug
Check out my latest song called Coming Home - Based on a Theme by David Kneupper
Skean said 3526 days ago (March 30th, 2008)
Beautiful
This really moves... I see that lady looking around wonder what is going on here.... With anger and love in her heart she find peace.
Very good composition.

Peace & Love
---
Kenta
Check out my latest song called Deep through the forest / W-particledots
Doug Somers said 3526 days ago (March 31st, 2008)
Hellooooo Kent!
Thanks for your comments. Great to hear from you.

I'm glad the music expressed the sense of the story for you.

All the best,
Doug
Check out my latest song called Coming Home - Based on a Theme by David Kneupper
Feter said 3526 days ago (March 30th, 2008)
Deliberating the Call
calm all among this with deoth and tence tranquility
in the middle ...the flute is amazin ..many of the
exptessions those you mentioned ..so wide clear here !
I enjoyed this totaly my freind.thnx alot for shrain
such gem !!!!!
Check out my latest song called Roll with it
Doug Somers said 3526 days ago (March 31st, 2008)
Hey Feter
Thanks for having a listen and finding this musical tone poem to your taste. It means a lot!

All the best,
Doug
Check out my latest song called Coming Home - Based on a Theme by David Kneupper
paddler said 3526 days ago (March 31st, 2008)
..
Women rock.This is a fantastic piece both pastoral and dramatic.It tells of a story yet to unfold in the mists of the morning.Beautiful and sublime - RG
Check out my latest song called Wild Volcano
Doug Somers said 3526 days ago (March 31st, 2008)
Yes women do indeed rock
and they have a strength that often remains well hidden until times of need. This is a story that will unfold with the new day - maybe I will come back to narrate a part of it or maybe some other MacJammer will take up the story - all is possible.

Thanks Richard for your warm remarks!

Cheers,
Doug
Check out my latest song called Coming Home - Based on a Theme by David Kneupper
davisamerica said 3526 days ago (March 31st, 2008)
right then doug
i love the open feeling of this and wonderful play between each instrument .. moving together but with enough between them to hear each one as a separate lovely story .... doug ... tis stunning!
Check out my latest song called ok char2(Vic and Flatrock mix)
Doug Somers said 3526 days ago (March 31st, 2008)
Thanks Jack
I'm trying to be sensitive to space within the music and how the parts play off each other. Glad that you find it is coming together for you.

Enjoyed your woodstock piece my friend. Nicely done indeed.

All the best,
Doug
Check out my latest song called Coming Home - Based on a Theme by David Kneupper
Ibstrat said 3526 days ago (March 31st, 2008)
Beautiful
An amazing piece of art.I would love to hear this played by real instruments.Sublime!
Check out my latest song called What the
Doug Somers said 3526 days ago (March 31st, 2008)
Wow - I'm really touched
Glad this had its intended impact Mark - I appreciate the comments coming from you (particularly after checking out your latest work and finding more delightful tunes).

Very best wishes,

Doug
Check out my latest song called Coming Home - Based on a Theme by David Kneupper
Bubowski said 3525 days ago (March 31st, 2008)
A sombre take...
on the Hero theme. Very nicely done.
Check out my latest song called Drumbeats off Jupiter
Doug Somers said 3524 days ago (April 1st, 2008)
Thanks Graham
This was a bit of a different head space to the tongue-in-cheek Headbanger, and it took a while to get into a Sombre state of mind to work on it after tweaking Headbanger for a few hours. I think I was able to make the shift though and no distortion pedals were harmed in recording this work.

I really appreciate your comments.

Be well,
Doug
Check out my latest song called Coming Home - Based on a Theme by David Kneupper
dajama said 3525 days ago (March 31st, 2008)
Another amazing piece
You have an amazing musical sense, and such a terrific gift for arrangement and, as davisamerica said, for space and allowing the notes to breathe and express themselves before they're swallowed up by the next event. Evocative and moving, this is as good as any orchestral I've heard anywhere in a while. Thanks for sharing this with us. NIcely done, my friend. Peace.
Check out my latest song called Across the Wire (MJRF)
Doug Somers said 3524 days ago (April 1st, 2008)
David, you're very kind
It helps that this comes from the heart, but I've also had a lot of encouragement and feedback from people on this site that keeps me coming back and looking for better outlets of musical expression and ways to improve. Thanks, then, for your supportive comments on this and earlier pieces and know that I take what I read into my creative process for the next time around.

Thanks again, and
Peace,
Doug
Check out my latest song called Coming Home - Based on a Theme by David Kneupper
dirigent said 3524 days ago (April 2nd, 2008)
Deliberating the Call
What a wonderful setting, amazing creation of atmosphere. Thank you for sharing this gem :-)
Check out my latest song called Flow My Tears
Doug Somers said 3523 days ago (April 2nd, 2008)
Many thanks for your comments
It means a lot to have this work enjoyed by others, particularly people such as yourself who are such gifted artists.

Cheers,
Doug
Check out my latest song called Coming Home - Based on a Theme by David Kneupper
peacepiano said 3523 days ago (April 2nd, 2008)
Sound
This sounds excellent. The balance between the strings and the woodwinds is right on. It must take a lot of melodic and harmonic patience to refine a piece like this. The delicacy of the arrangement is reminiscent of the style of Aaron Copland.

Thanks
Bill
Check out my latest song called Beat SoloMe-O
Doug Somers said 3523 days ago (April 2nd, 2008)
Thanks Bill for that
reference to Copeland, who is one of my star composers. It was very odd how this piece came about since most of the middle section was improvised in a couple of passes of flute and strings, and on that structure I fiddled with (pardon the pun) the double basses and cello, then altered the chords if the harmonic progressions didn't work. It's strange but there you are.

I appreciate you coming to have a listen and leaving such encouraging remarks.

Keep well,
Doug
Check out my latest song called Coming Home - Based on a Theme by David Kneupper
DWL said 3520 days ago (April 5th, 2008)
Late I know but
this was wonderful.

Loved the instrumentation and the concept.

Cheers

Dick
Check out my latest song called This Empire's State
Doug Somers said 3520 days ago (April 5th, 2008)
Late is all relative....
At least I'm still around and in good enough health to read your very kind words. Actually I quite enjoy listening to older works of artists that have long ago ceased to have commentary associated with them. There is no "best before" date after all :o)

Cheers Dick,
Doug
Check out my latest song called Coming Home - Based on a Theme by David Kneupper
Doug Somers said 3520 days ago (April 5th, 2008)
Besides which
with my schedule I find I'm very very late with commenting on most posted works.

No worries.
Check out my latest song called Coming Home - Based on a Theme by David Kneupper
Heightened said 3508 days ago (April 17th, 2008)
This is unbelievable!
Outstanding composition! We need more of this on both iComp and MacJams!!!
Check out my latest song called Caldari
Doug Somers said 3505 days ago (April 20th, 2008)
Thanks heightened
for such a strong endorsement. I've never thought seriously about also publishing on iComp but maybe as time permits in future I will.

I have some other works in this HJP line that I'm kind of chipping away on so you should hear more soon.

Thanks, and keep well!
Doug
Check out my latest song called Coming Home - Based on a Theme by David Kneupper
LunaTrick said 3506 days ago (April 20th, 2008)
Brooding...
I really liked this piece - for some reason, the opening made me think of Vaughn Williams. More than anything, I like the space and balance in it - you really let it breathe and yearn. Nice work!
Check out my latest song called Luna Gypsy Heart II (Eternal Firelight)
Doug Somers said 3505 days ago (April 20th, 2008)
Now I'm really going to get a swelled head
Comparisons first to Copeland and now Vaughan Williams! I love both of their work BTW, so some influences may leak through.

Thanks for your comments! It's nice to hear from another composer who creates both interesting classical pieces as well as other styles.

Cheers,
Doug
Check out my latest song called Coming Home - Based on a Theme by David Kneupper
John Stebbe said 3430 days ago (July 5th, 2008)
Williams
Reminds me of another great composer's work, John Williams. I am always struck when I hear "Princess Leia's Theme" of its sheet beauty, through its emphasis on a feminine, lightly orchestrated main theme, to its conclusion with the horns playing a strong counterpoint, almost in a different key, emphasizing the strong and/or conflicted side of the heroine.

Your piece echoes "Leia's Theme" in many ways. I do hear a feminine "vibe" to this performance, but I hear an underlying strength as well.

The flute is very convincing and authentic to my ear.

Best,

John Stebbe
Check out my latest song called Midwest States Song
John Stebbe said 3430 days ago (July 5th, 2008)
Correction
Sorry, that should read 'sheer beauty.' A 'sheet beauty' brings up the wrong images!
Check out my latest song called Midwest States Song
Doug Somers said 3414 days ago (July 21st, 2008)
Thanks John,
I'm flattered of course about the comparison to Williams and such a well known theme, and I'm glad that the many qualities I wanted to have arise in points of this piece came through, including the underlying strength and resolve amidst the tenderness, doubt, and longing.

The flute is a combination, if my memory serves, of the Vienna Symphony flute, as comes with Kompakt, and the one from East West. One of the flutes had a shorter sustain, and so I varied which one I used depending on what was happening in the music.

Thanks again, and as always, for your well considered comments!

All the best!
Doug

Good line about the sheet beauty BTW :o)
Check out my latest song called Coming Home - Based on a Theme by David Kneupper
Bowman said 3200 days ago (February 19th, 2009)
A Quiet Strength
I heard an earlier version of this a while back and remember very much enjoying it. This incarnation is an extraordinary and profoundly moving one. Beautiful in its transparency and quiet strength. Well done Doug.
Check out my latest song called A FISTFUL OF PENNIES
Doug Somers said 3199 days ago (February 20th, 2009)
Many thanks Charlie
It's nice to have a new visitor to this re-worked post. Thank you for your very kind remarks. It is feedback like yours which helps inspire my creativity.

All the best,
Doug
Check out my latest song called Coming Home - Based on a Theme by David Kneupper
Artist Info
artist photo
Name: Doug Somers
Location: Ottawa Ontario Canada
send a note
I make music for pleasure, usually using a computer to create soundscapes around all kinds of music. I used to jam with a local celtic group, playing bodhran and 12 string guitar, but I find that my technical and live performance skills fall short o... [see more]

Check out some of my other songs:

Chat
Who's Online
Invisible Members: 0
Visitors: 116