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Last spring I posted “Classical Smackdown”, which was a little piano ditty (gone berserk) meant to illustrate the endless tension in me between my classical piano training influences and my love of “rocking out”. When I first conceived it, I fully expected that i would get the piano track down and then orchestrate to that. But as it got more and more wild, see-sawing back and forth between genres, the orchestration concept started to feel a bit intimidating. Fortunately I thought it was pretty fun as solo piano, and opted to post it that way with the idea that maybe sometime later .....

Well the 2009 motorcycle touring season just ended in the last couple of weeks and I’ve been ready to come out of music hibernation and embrace a new project. While I did get something started, it was just not engaging me enough, at least for now. Meanwhile I noticed that I was listening anew to “Classical Smackdown” with the thought of giving the orchestration a try, and finally sat down to play around with it. It wasn’t long before I was hooked, although filled with trepidation (“controlled terror”?) as I neared the first boogie section. I knew I would need to come up with a “big band” sound to accompany the piano there, but hadn’t yet tried anything remotely like that, so was entering completely uncharted territory. My apologies to the great horn players of MJ who I know could do a mighty job on this piece – and maybe we’ll give that a go sometime if there’s interest. But for this pass, I really wanted to try my hand at working out all the instruments and seeing how (or if) I could make them play nicely together.

This is a crazy, wild ride and I guess tells the story even better than the original, about the various influences and energies that inform my often raucous piano playing. I did make one change to the first piano recording. The 8 measure between the two “boogies” were originally a repeat of the main theme, but I decided to play in a different little tune there to break it up a bit more. Otherwise, the piano is the same as in “Classical Smackdown” which, if you’re interested, is here:

Classical Smackdown

Doing this orchestration has been a total BLAST for me! It was alternately harder and easier than I’d expected, and I have to say that the process of adding in the percussion was some of the most fun I’ve had with digital music since discovering GB on my Mac! Hope you too will have a little fun with this Smackdown redux!

Special thanks to Shay (kassia) for the multitude of listens and suggestions along the way, and to Dave (bug67) for the squirrel!
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awigze said 2816 days ago (October 12th, 2009)
Symphonic Smackdown
at work, cant listen but wanted to let you know that I have been watching you! Will listen during lunch and say something meaningful then.
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magnatone said 2815 days ago (October 12th, 2009)
LOL
that's what i call TRUST!
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sheilad said 2816 days ago (October 12th, 2009)
no wonder
you were having spontaneous outbursts of Happy in chat! This is wonderful Karen and you can tell that you had a blast. Straight to Ipod!!
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magnatone said 2815 days ago (October 12th, 2009)
I really did
have SUCH a blast! thanks for the support Sheila!
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Char said 2815 days ago (October 12th, 2009)
Ooh yes!
Karen, this is frenetic and glorious. You have to be a very well put together person to compose this. I see people skipping hand in hand through rainbows, lady. And then, they boogie on down into the lush green hills. Thanks.
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magnatone said 2815 days ago (October 12th, 2009)
Thanks Char!
Frenetic for sure - it sure was fun to do though!
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kassia said 2815 days ago (October 12th, 2009)
WOOT!
you ROCK! and boogie. Your talent and skill know no bounds. All I have to say is this is AWESOME and makes me smile BIG!
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magnatone said 2815 days ago (October 12th, 2009)
thanks Shay
as only you and i really know - if it wasn't for YOU, there'd be 10 MORE instruments in here! thanks always for all of your help, ideas and support!
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drakonis said 2815 days ago (October 12th, 2009)
Please call KSA SWAT team...
Oh, never mind, this is not out of control... just bits of silliness and wild abandon, that is OK. :-) This should cause smirks of mirth around the earth. Very well done, Karen... this is very well orchestrated from the original (that is HARD to do!) without throwing in the ENTIRE Kitchen Sink (I didn't hear kalimba or penny-whistle, which causes immediate KSA-reaction.) There are a LOT of things going on, and you balanced each instrument quite well... brass is especially tough and sounded good here. Very fun complex romp!

ttfn,
Drakonis
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magnatone said 2815 days ago (October 12th, 2009)
KSA
you know, you never REALLY recover, you have to decide every day - I'm not throwing the kitchen sink at this song TODAY ..... alas ....
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ShadowofNine said 2815 days ago (October 12th, 2009)
Marvelous
yu framed this in such a grand way, exceptional performance and the orchestration is magnificent..again yu prove to be a wizard...Bravo Karen...
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magnatone said 2815 days ago (October 12th, 2009)
Thanks Dave
always an honor to have a musician of your calibre stop by my little tunes! i really appreciate knowing you!
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said 2815 days ago (October 12th, 2009)
what FUN!!!
Wow, what a ride; this is so much fun!!!

. - Harold
magnatone said 2815 days ago (October 12th, 2009)
Hi Harold
i'm so glad you had FUN - that was kinda the point! :)
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maxruehl said 2815 days ago (October 12th, 2009)
:)
What a joyous new offering. I love the energy in this.:)
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magnatone said 2815 days ago (October 12th, 2009)
AndyMax
how sweet of you to stop by and hear my little orchestral ditty! it was great to see you in chat today - come back soon!
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davisamerica said 2815 days ago (October 12th, 2009)
well there you go ...
excellent work here karen ...a true joy for the ears and a big grin thrown in to boot... you are amazing!
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magnatone said 2815 days ago (October 12th, 2009)
My Jack
you are one of my "rocks" at MJ - thank you for the early listens to this madcap adventure. i always feel so much warmth and support from you - glad you enjoyed the final outcome!
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awigze said 2815 days ago (October 12th, 2009)
Symphonic Smackdown
Karen, this is great. Awesome. Glorious - love the breaks- stylistically this is essential Magnatone!

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magnatone said 2815 days ago (October 12th, 2009)
Thanks AndySax
forgive the midi saxaphones - maybe we can do something together sometime soon! in the meantime, thank you for taking the time to listen!
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MarkHolbrook said 2815 days ago (October 12th, 2009)
Excellent
as I expected! You always have lots of things going on in your tunes.. This one keeps the ear busy as you listen to part after part! Nicely done!
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magnatone said 2815 days ago (October 12th, 2009)
Hi Mark
"lots of things going on" - understatement of the century. hope your ears aren't bleeding - thank you always for your friendship and support!
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guitapick said 2815 days ago (October 12th, 2009)
You came through...
...with f-l-y-i-n-g colors! Fantastic, Karen! Just awesome! That bike of yours must be an unbelievable inspiration to bring this kind of music out of you...

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magnatone said 2815 days ago (October 12th, 2009)
BOB!!
how sweet of you to drop by for a listen! words like that coming from a musician such as yourself, are music to MY ears! thanks!
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michaelkoppenheffer said 2815 days ago (October 12th, 2009)
Great Orchestration!!!
There's so much going on in this 3:23--and so much positive energy. Makes me want to try (again) to drag out those rusty string and horn EXS24 patches that sounded inauthentic when I tried to put them to use a few months ago.
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magnatone said 2815 days ago (October 12th, 2009)
Thanks Michael
so glad you liked how this turned out - it's a wild ride!
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Roxylee said 2815 days ago (October 12th, 2009)
You're e genius
Karen, this is incredible.

That squirrel sure gets around, don't he.
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magnatone said 2815 days ago (October 12th, 2009)
hi Roxy!
yes, the squirrel is everywhere! thanks a lot for stopping by for a listen - glad you enjoyed it!
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Skean said 2815 days ago (October 12th, 2009)
Oh yes ;)
It is always a pleasure to have a new one from you.
This capture a happy travel from road to road, very up beat.
Thanks I need this, I have a big smile now.

Take care
Kenta
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magnatone said 2815 days ago (October 12th, 2009)
Hi Kenta
i'm always so happy to make YOU smile!
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Mystified said 2815 days ago (October 12th, 2009)
rolicking good symphonic fun....
I really enjoyed listening to this. :D
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particledots said 2815 days ago (October 12th, 2009)
I agree with Mystified
Really good real music!!!
And very enjoyable
Fab
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magnatone said 2815 days ago (October 12th, 2009)
Thanks Cat!
i'm really happy you enjoyed it - "symphonic fun" - i like that!
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paul f. page said 2815 days ago (October 12th, 2009)
One of the very best...
...here or anywhere. Your original material was stellar to begin with, and now you have done an amazing job with the orchestration. Just superb in terms of composition, orchestration, mixing, and, of course, your marvelous playing. Congratulations, Karen, on something that is truly special.
Peace.
Paul
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magnatone said 2815 days ago (October 12th, 2009)
Thanks Paul!
those are lofty words, and mean a lot coming from a pianist/orchestrator/composer and general nice guy like you!
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Ed Hannifin said 2815 days ago (October 12th, 2009)
Hard to listen to....
...without grinning.... Almost a zydeco feel in the boogie toward the end there... and lovely toy piano.... I am TOTALLY waiting for the video.... and the day that Paul Schaffer tries to work it up with the Letterman band... and its appearance in a motorcycle touring advertisement of some sort...

Fast hands....


Ed
magnatone said 2815 days ago (October 12th, 2009)
Hi Ed!
well you know what they say .... busy hands are happy hands! (??)
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jiguma said 2815 days ago (October 12th, 2009)
This time
I don't see sweeping curves through impossibly green forests. Just a brilliant time being had by all (well ....you really).

FANTASTIC piano, especially towards the end. Excellent orchestration and just a bloody good time.

Should get to sleep around Sunday I think :)

Thanks Karen,
Neil
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magnatone said 2815 days ago (October 12th, 2009)
NEIL!!!
my collab comrade - thank you for this wonderful comment, it's always so loverly when you stop by!
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bud said 2815 days ago (October 12th, 2009)
My God Karen - I swear I heard you playing the kitchen sink
What an amazing masterful work of genius/madness. I love the Copland feel that precedes the first boogie section - nice little touch.
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magnatone said 2815 days ago (October 12th, 2009)
Hi Kevin!
"playing the kitchen sink" - LOL LOL - you completely crack me up! thanks!
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Gaylen75 said 2815 days ago (October 12th, 2009)
wow
This is very well composed. It would so great to hear it live!
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magnatone said 2815 days ago (October 12th, 2009)
Thanks Gaylen
can you imagine live? sigh ... that would be cool!
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SmokeyVW said 2815 days ago (October 12th, 2009)
a romp
i like the piano backbone - with guitar and fiddle, plus a host of others joining the fray... now we're really rockin' - and now we're prim and proper once again... oops, nope, party on! YEEEEEEEEEEEEHAAAAAAAA

thanks
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magnatone said 2815 days ago (October 12th, 2009)
LOL LOL
really enjoyed your "play by play" Bill! Thanks!
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Moviz said 2815 days ago (October 12th, 2009)
Boogie-Woogie
full orchestra girl..... this is just out of this world. I'll bet your hands are a blur when you're playing like this Karen.... what a great talent you are to be able to not only play the piano so well, but to be able to orchestrate it to such a high degree. Just wonderful musicallity, regards M
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magnatone said 2815 days ago (October 12th, 2009)
Hi Maurice
Thank you so very much for your kind words and encouragement! You're one of the quintessential sweeties of MJ - always so supportive - thanks!
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entendu said 2815 days ago (October 12th, 2009)
Wow!!
Dang!! This is so great! I love the different orchestral pieces. You do a great job building tension as well. Nice work!
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magnatone said 2815 days ago (October 12th, 2009)
well dang!
i love that word "dang"! very nice to meet you today, and i also as you know, really have enjoyed your current song! so, double dang!
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Sigmund said 2815 days ago (October 12th, 2009)
smackdown
Karen this is great! Not only is your orchestration fabulous, but you seamlessly weave in and out of the boogie woogie so well one doesn't even notice the transitions. The pace is fast, furious and full of energy. If I had a complaint it would be that the end comes up at you so very quickly - it's over 'fore you know it! I also like the quick little pulling in of the reigns right before the frantic ending - very sweet. This is no doubt one of your best, and though it is probably not quite the ride listening as creating, it's still a pretty fun ride! Thanks for the share - Sig
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magnatone said 2815 days ago (October 12th, 2009)
Hey Sigmund!
I was hoping you might have a chance to stop by! I know what you mean, it does end fast - I kind of wish it was a little longer generally, and I see how drawing out the ending would've been a good idea. Thanks always for for your support and thoughtful comments!
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Sigmund said 2815 days ago (October 12th, 2009)
Except
What is UP with the squirrel?? He seems a bit rude, sticking his face just about everywhere in MacJams these days. These creatures sure do have a lot of...er..gumption, or something!

Just kidding - I am sure he is very cute!

Sig
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magnatone said 2815 days ago (October 12th, 2009)
LOL
just don't even ask! or, maybe a better response would be to ask YOU "well, how much TIME do you have??"
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dave_b said 2815 days ago (October 12th, 2009)
Symphonic Smackdown
This piece is nothing less then a tour de force. The way you seamlessly wove the classical with the boogie woogie elements was amazing, and left me with a big smile. Thanks for posting this, I enjoyed it a lot.
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magnatone said 2815 days ago (October 12th, 2009)
DAVE!!
i'm so glad it made you smile - i smiled all the way through putting it together (well, except when i was tearing my hair out that is), and was hoping it would be as FUN to listen to as it was to make! thanks for stopping by dave - i always appreciate it!
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scofugate said 2815 days ago (October 12th, 2009)
Good Grief
You are sooo talented. This is one of the most professional sounding numbers here! Here comes the boogie part!
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magnatone said 2815 days ago (October 12th, 2009)
Hi Scott
an art collab - LOL - yeah, i guess we did! thank you very much for the listen and comment - i really admire your work, so very much appreciate your time with this!
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bug67 said 2815 days ago (October 12th, 2009)
Goosebumps!
Karen, you've outdone yourself. I'm speechless. I heard this once today but, that was on an old cruddy work PC with the one, built in speaker. All that did was primer me for the joy I was to receive when I got home to a real sound system.

I loved the first version of this. Sometimes we tend to over do stuff when we make additions. Not the case here. Everything fits perfectly in it's place and only enhances an already spectacular piece. Bravo!
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magnatone said 2815 days ago (October 12th, 2009)
My Favorite Bug
of course, YOU made this song reach its true potential by putting the viral squirrel into the cover art! without you, we're NUTHIN!
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magnatone said 2815 days ago (October 12th, 2009)
oops
i SHOULD have said "we're NUTTIN" (what was i thinking)
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dirigent said 2815 days ago (October 12th, 2009)
Marvellous
What a ride Karen. Adorable flow ...
Makes me smile and feel good - and it's so difficult to write such a light and easy music. You did this so well. With humor, craftsmen- and musicianship. Superb change between genres, too.
Simply fabulous!!
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magnatone said 2815 days ago (October 12th, 2009)
Andreas!
Thank you so much for taking time to come in and listen to my wild ride! I very much appreciate your thoughtful comments - means a lot coming from the master!
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Ren-Tin-10 said 2815 days ago (October 12th, 2009)
Great stuff!!!
I'm blown away!

Cheers,
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magnatone said 2815 days ago (October 12th, 2009)
Thanks
appreciate your comment!
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J.A.Stewart said 2815 days ago (October 12th, 2009)
My Oh My!
This is the kind of musical romp that leaves a listener breathless, Karen.

Your arrangement is both clever and entertaining. I would love to hear this with real instrumentation. ;)


--- Joe
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magnatone said 2815 days ago (October 12th, 2009)
Hi Joe
"musical romp" - lol - well put! thank you so much for your ongoing encouragement and support!
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rsorensen said 2815 days ago (October 12th, 2009)
h-e-double hockeystix yes!
SMACKdown! this is so cool. sounds like a symphonic western soundtrack. very impressive. incredible playing as awlays. especially love the never let up tempo of this.
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magnatone said 2815 days ago (October 12th, 2009)
Hi Ridd!
double hockeystix? LOL - well thank you VERY MUCH! i figure, why let up when you can remain gaspingly breathless to the bitter end?? :)
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crissew said 2815 days ago (October 13th, 2009)
Very nice arrangement
The symphony stuff sorta sounds like a movie soundtrack in a happy wistful scene then the changes start. Quite interesting change going into the boogie part then back again. Took me a second to even get my bearings with such an unexpected twist. Very entertaining! Enjoyed it.
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magnatone said 2815 days ago (October 13th, 2009)
Thanks Charles
yes, the changes are ... um ... interesting :) thanks for the listen and comment!
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daibhre said 2815 days ago (October 13th, 2009)
Absolutely splendid!
I will be listening carefully to steal... that is, learn from... your orchestral weaving. Excellent job - fun and fabulous. Thanks much!
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magnatone said 2815 days ago (October 13th, 2009)
Thanks!
Help yourself!
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ktb said 2815 days ago (October 13th, 2009)
so many
cool influences happening here. Orleans jazz meets classical meets the texas hoe down. Man oh man its simply intense.
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magnatone said 2815 days ago (October 13th, 2009)
Hey ktb!
yes, somebody said to me recently it was like taking a whirlwind trip around the country, musically speaking - that was kind of a cool idea to me!
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Son-of-lavalamp said 2815 days ago (October 13th, 2009)
Simply majestic
Karen, I had seen this posted before but was stressed out with MJ.

Thanks for posting the link. You are a sensational pianist and composer.

Love the dynamics on this track.
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magnatone said 2815 days ago (October 13th, 2009)
Mr. Lamp!
and so glad YOU were finally able to upload this morning! thanks always for your support and MJ Dave!
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DWL said 2815 days ago (October 13th, 2009)
Stunning!
Jaw droppingly good :)

Wonderful changes in textures and the orchestration is excellent and all the time at a relentless tempo.

The sense of movement is tremendous yet it never gets out of hand.

I doff my cap and bow in awe!

We are not worthy.

Cheers

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magnatone said 2815 days ago (October 13th, 2009)
LOL - Hi Dick!
"relentless" is certainly correct! you are WAY TOO KIND, but thank you very much for your words. what type of cap do you doff?
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Outtaorbit said 2815 days ago (October 13th, 2009)
Is there still room for me to comment.....???
What I love about your music....is that it never fails to be beautiful.....thanks for this
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magnatone said 2815 days ago (October 13th, 2009)
ORBIT!!!
there is ALWAYS room for YOU!
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PrototypeEightyOne said 2814 days ago (October 13th, 2009)
holy ****
Your amazing. This was brilliant in everyway. caught some ol western and 50s rock in there too, quit the mash up! very well put together, and the mix was great Karen...now if you'll excuse me i need to lift my jaw up off the floor!
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magnatone said 2814 days ago (October 13th, 2009)
thanks jay!
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paddler said 2814 days ago (October 13th, 2009)
..
wow - really uplifting to the soul - love the arragements and themes entwining and the pace at which it dances along - lovely

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magnatone said 2814 days ago (October 13th, 2009)
The Great Paddler
thanks for stopping by - i am SUCH a fan of yours, it really means a lot to me to have you listen to my tune!
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sloparts said 2814 days ago (October 13th, 2009)
Wow
what can I say Karen, this is so good. You really know your way around Piano and the orchestration that works with it.

So many genre, so little time, what a fantastic piece of music this is Karen, it's wonderful.

Ed
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magnatone said 2814 days ago (October 13th, 2009)
Well Thank You!
"so many genres, so little time" - i'll be laughing about THAT line all day! Thanks a lot for your time and comment!
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Reinholt56 said 2814 days ago (October 13th, 2009)
Hi Karen.....
First class work here. I'm always excited when I am notified that 'Magnatone has uploaded a song on Macjams' and this time was no exception.

The arrangement and musicianship were top notch and the piece was a 'total experience' of the good kind. I'll be listening to this a lot more in the future.

Take care.

Paul
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magnatone said 2814 days ago (October 13th, 2009)
Hi Paul
thank you so much for responding to the "Magnatone has uploaded" email! I really appreciate your support of my music!
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Henke said 2814 days ago (October 13th, 2009)
Didn't make first
on this one ;-) Well, it was worth the wait, so to speak. Really a lot of fun, I could feel my face loosen up in a big grin as the "beserk" bursted. Well done and yeah, great fun! Thanks.

/Henke
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magnatone said 2814 days ago (October 13th, 2009)
Hi Henke
LOL - glad you grinned for the berserk parts - what else can ya do? Thanks for stopping by!
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musichead said 2814 days ago (October 13th, 2009)
Tell me how ....
Tell me how to write like this. I would love to write a great piece like this.
Great job !!!!
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magnatone said 2814 days ago (October 13th, 2009)
STEVIE!!
Thanks guy - really appreciate it! I really doubt I'd have much to teach YOU!
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Bowman said 2814 days ago (October 13th, 2009)
I like the orchestration.
It's both rich and tasteful. Your instruments are crisp , cleanly separated and articulated.
This is such a wonderful and uplifting foot-stumping number that I don' think anything could diminish it and what you've done with this orchestration is take it up one big notch.
Great work Karen.
Cheers,
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magnatone said 2814 days ago (October 13th, 2009)
Mr. Bowman
thank you for this thoughtful comment. i'm mainly happy it made you stomp your foot (or stump it, which maybe isn't such a good thing afterall??)
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Bowman said 2814 days ago (October 13th, 2009)
Dang,
it still hurts but it was worth it.
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magnatone said 2814 days ago (October 13th, 2009)
LOL
you crack me UP!
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TheRye said 2814 days ago (October 13th, 2009)
:)
multitymbral!
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magnatone said 2814 days ago (October 13th, 2009)
LOL
INDEED!
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johnnyblues said 2814 days ago (October 13th, 2009)
Piece of Class
I was interrupted and now they are running me out - great Piece! Sorry gotta go.....
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magnatone said 2814 days ago (October 13th, 2009)
Thanks!
I'm cracking up Johnny - you had to RUN out - this piece is just one big bunch of RUNNING! how appropriate! thanks for the listen
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notsosweet said 2814 days ago (October 13th, 2009)
..
Oh I can definitely hear you had a ton of fun doing this! Fantastically rich layers here! Kudos!
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magnatone said 2814 days ago (October 13th, 2009)
Yes
a ton of fun for sure! i also REALLY enjoyed hearing your fabulous piano solo upload this week, so thanks for the listen but also for the great music!
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egobandit said 2814 days ago (October 13th, 2009)
Big
A wandering tale that leads me straight into the saloon. Love that middle break there Some cool horns Honky tonk at its finest. YOu are amazing!
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magnatone said 2814 days ago (October 13th, 2009)
TIM!!
So glad you had a chance to stop by on your way to the saloon! Thanks for the listen and comment my pal!
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teptep said 2814 days ago (October 13th, 2009)
woooo
right from the get go I liked it, very nice very upbeat.
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magnatone said 2814 days ago (October 14th, 2009)
thank you
to Mr. Tep, and the other Mr. Tep
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tokai said 2813 days ago (October 14th, 2009)
Easy rider
wow, those fingers make everything sound very good, i always wished i had payed more attention in those piano lessons.
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magnatone said 2813 days ago (October 14th, 2009)
Hi tokai
lol - i didn't really pay much attention during my piano lessons either - i'm sure my teacher would roll over in her grave if she heard this! thanks!
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Doug Somers said 2813 days ago (October 14th, 2009)
Does music get any more fun than this???
A ride through the dynamics and styles which jump and spin expressing pure exuberance. You are the master of leap for joy sounds. The emotions I receive almost blind my senses to the skill and careful complexity that weave this wonderful tapestry.

Many thanks Karen, you little musical genius you.... :o)

Doug
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magnatone said 2813 days ago (October 14th, 2009)
Hiya Doug
so nice of you to stop by and dip into the wacky jump! (or is it a hop?) (or is it just crazy?)
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blindsidedpoets said 2813 days ago (October 14th, 2009)
Symphonic Smackdown
Whoa! Talk about a wild ride. I hope your safer on your motorbike then that! Very upbeat, great mix, awesome piano work in there (my personal favorite part). Nicely done.
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magnatone said 2813 days ago (October 14th, 2009)
hey Nigel
lol - i hope so too! looking forward to your next song - thanks for the listen!
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ChristopherCihon said 2813 days ago (October 14th, 2009)
Wow!
Completely amazing! Your playing is just spectacular as usual. Great job on the mix. That must of been on hell of a ride I bet.

Fantastic Karen.

Superb Musicianship.
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magnatone said 2813 days ago (October 14th, 2009)
Thanks Chris
so loverly of you to come out of "spy listening" and leave a comment! LOL - (you crack me UP!)
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shavingronaldscar said 2813 days ago (October 14th, 2009)
SLAM!
Seriously, you dominate the orchestra pit. You stepped up and owned! This is so much fun!
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magnatone said 2813 days ago (October 14th, 2009)
SHAVER!!
thanks for taking the time to listen and comment. always a pleasure to see you at one of my little ditties!
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MidiOrleans said 2813 days ago (October 14th, 2009)
Enjoyed
Excellent in every way! I like that you use the word fun.
I enjoyed the jazzy licks!
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magnatone said 2813 days ago (October 14th, 2009)
Mr. M.O.!!
a nod from you on the "jazzy licks" means a LOT to me! thanks!
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ziti said 2813 days ago (October 14th, 2009)
i am imagining
that your car is a big mess, you kitchen table is all cluttery, there are files scattered all over your desktop....there is no way all this music comes out of single mind...

hilarious, wonderful, surprising and musical as hell!!!!

deepest bows to you, master doodle
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magnatone said 2813 days ago (October 14th, 2009)
fran
my noodle man - yes, everything is a mess. you're wonderful - thanks!
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richard13 said 2813 days ago (October 14th, 2009)
Simply marvellous!
From berserk to berserker: Karen, you are a magical mystery tour all by yourself. The original was great but this... this is masterful. Thank you.
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magnatone said 2813 days ago (October 14th, 2009)
hi richard
it does give new meaning to the word "berserk" doesn't it? i'm not sure how much of a mystery i am, but thank you very much for taking the time to come and listen to my wacky song!
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scaustrita said 2813 days ago (October 14th, 2009)
Delightful
As always great piano, but the smack down is a nice spin. I love that baritone sax! Outstanding composition!

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magnatone said 2813 days ago (October 14th, 2009)
thanks!
long live the smack!
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SecaMode said 2813 days ago (October 14th, 2009)
phenomenal
My goodness, that was something else. A veritable tour de force! I'm glad I ran into you tonight!
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magnatone said 2813 days ago (October 15th, 2009)
hi Sergio!
it was so great to meet you in chat last night, and hear YOUR sensational music! i'm really happy you've returned to MJ - i have a lot to learn from you!
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blaky smith said 2813 days ago (October 15th, 2009)
Magistral
Magistral Karen, what a great performance, very well played and orchestrated. More, all sounds very pro with perfect mix and production, really a perfect job, bravo !
Marc
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magnatone said 2813 days ago (October 15th, 2009)
Hi Blakey
well you are just too sweet, and thank you very much for taking the time to listen and comment!
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dadgarus said 2813 days ago (October 15th, 2009)
This is a great tune!
It is perfect!
I couldn't even imagine someone can turn that great piano solo to such a huge nice symphonic work!
The mod changes every single minute.It has made me believe you are a real genius!Go on my friend.Go on Karen I wanna hear more and more from you.
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magnatone said 2813 days ago (October 15th, 2009)
Hi Dad!
well thank you so very much for going to all the trouble of downloading this through your dial-up connection, to even listen to it! i appreciate your time and support!
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B. Flat said 2813 days ago (October 15th, 2009)
Wowie!
This is so delicious! The orchestration is outstanding. And the mix is perfect--each instrument clearly articulated in it's own space and musical range. And the transitions from one feel to the nest is seamless. Top notch!
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magnatone said 2813 days ago (October 15th, 2009)
Hi Mr. Flat
the mixing is the hardest part in some ways - there are so many flippin' instruments, and i don't know what i'm doing! so thanks for saying it sounds somewhat correct (probably you're WAY too kind!)
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woofer3 said 2812 days ago (October 15th, 2009)
Such class and culture
all put together so well, music that sounds like it should be. Excellent playing of course as usual. All in all a breathtaking piece of music.
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magnatone said 2812 days ago (October 15th, 2009)
Thanks!
Mr. Woofer - i appreciate your comment so much!
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Joanna said 2812 days ago (October 15th, 2009)
magnatone
This was magnaterrific! Fabulous orchestration to that wonderful piano of yours. Stellar performance!
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magnatone said 2812 days ago (October 15th, 2009)
Joaaaaana!!!
so great to see you around MJ more recently - thanks a lot for stopping by and having a listen to my wacky piece!
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TERRAPLANE said 2812 days ago (October 15th, 2009)
WoW !
You Boogie !!! Totally love the new arrangement..I can imagine you blasting through the turns on your touring bike.. Classical Smackdown ABSOLUTELY !! I think I'll give it another run through while I'm down,, Thanks for the DL ,,Terry
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magnatone said 2812 days ago (October 15th, 2009)
Hi Terry
I'm honored that you came by for the SMACK! :)
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ramonaji said 2812 days ago (October 15th, 2009)
superb!
What a joyful piece of music!!!!!
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magnatone said 2812 days ago (October 15th, 2009)
Hi Ramona!
it is kinda joyful - in a frenetic, breathless sort of way - LOL!! thanks for taking the time to listen - i'm really enjoying your music!
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Macaudion said 2812 days ago (October 15th, 2009)
Really dead and way way gone
if this won't lift ya, then... sti... sti... sti... -you be dead dEad dEAd and into the nothingness of gone!!! Which, I guess, means that your problems are way over too, but you did miss out on this pretty wonderful orchestration of life dancin it's arse smacken phonics off! Pretty damn good cooking, you... you violently partying, love fest, you! ; ) Jesus...
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magnatone said 2812 days ago (October 16th, 2009)
LOL LOL
i might have to print your comment out and frame it! that's gotta be the most audaciously excellent comment EVER!
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Monkaton said 2812 days ago (October 16th, 2009)
Don't Worry
I think this is great and you should worry about a thing. Your horns are very good and your piano playing is the bee's knees.

Great song and great production.
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magnatone said 2812 days ago (October 16th, 2009)
What?
Me worry?? :)
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Mike_Lynn said 2812 days ago (October 16th, 2009)
Great piece of music
Just to say I like this one a lot and have downloaded it instantly. Well composed, arranged and performed. Excellent work and thanks for sharing / Mike
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magnatone said 2812 days ago (October 16th, 2009)
THANKS!
a download is the ultimate compliment!
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I.G.M. said 2812 days ago (October 16th, 2009)
Nice redux,
just like the redux of "Apocalypse Now". Hehe.
Although I really hate the sound of that synth horns I HAVE to say: GREAT WORK!!!!
Everybody here at MJ knows that you`re an amazing
musician.
Do you call that WISDOM?? :)
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magnatone said 2811 days ago (October 16th, 2009)
Hi Ingo!
it's hard to argue with your assessment of the synth horns. i tweaked them as best as i could - i'm sure a more knowledgeable person would know a lot more tricks than i do. and of course, as my MJ friends keep reminding me, i SHOULD get better orchestral instrument software (these are Jam Packs). all that being said, thanks for the listen and comment, and for being able to enjoy the music in spite of the sound (???) :)
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BoiAfrica said 2811 days ago (October 16th, 2009)
seamless
Some ragtime, some big band, some new orleans mardi gras "rompin'ness". Geez, I adore this tune, very fun listen. DL'ing now. This totally lifts the spirits, wonderful share Karen!
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magnatone said 2811 days ago (October 17th, 2009)
hey Boi!
thanks so much for the listen and especially the download!
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TracyVosh said 2811 days ago (October 16th, 2009)
What a journey...
Holy Magna-ificent! You fill me with hope to learn the piano. You are incredible...parts of this remind me of the streets of New Orleans on Mardi Gras day. This has such a fantastic energy. Thanks for sharing.
magnatone said 2811 days ago (October 17th, 2009)
Thanks Tracy
glad you could hear the Big Band'ish sound in there. lol - yes, it is pretty energetic (i need a nap!)
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sonnyjim said 2811 days ago (October 16th, 2009)
Why are reeds so hard to sample well?
Horns, too. Maybe a mystic among us has the answer.... ;-)

I loved the original, but the beauty of this version is (for me) that it points out how fluid the potential emotional charge of any musical phrase can be; orchestration rules everything! This thing sure is fun, and mighty smart, too. Deepest bows.

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magnatone said 2811 days ago (October 17th, 2009)
SJ!!
i know - reeds, horns - i realize there are better sounds in other software, and one of these fine days, maybe i'll spring for it. the problem is, i'd probably need to spring for a new 'puter to handle it all ... blah blah ... this is what stops me .... one thing leads to another. thanks for the listen!
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awigze said 2288 days ago (March 24th, 2011)
sonnyjim
there are about 5 or more facial muscles involved... too human to write code for, maybe.... I am sure some one can do it - then there is the diaphram and lungs and all in between.
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Hydrogen3 said 2811 days ago (October 16th, 2009)
Top Notch Talent!!!
This is just beautiful piece! your talent is just AMAZING!!! best Holley :)
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magnatone said 2811 days ago (October 17th, 2009)
Holley!!
my talent is actually pretty regular! thanks so much for stopping by!
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gail60 said 2811 days ago (October 16th, 2009)
ohh to have your talents......
Karen, this is marvelous!! So inspiring and hopeful. Such a beautiful ride to go on and so much pleasure in every note. Added the Ragtime playtime with a little country to boot... everything and the kitchen sink in here. You are so talented lady and I adore your works. Way to go!!!!!
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magnatone said 2811 days ago (October 17th, 2009)
GAIL!!!
so GLAD to see you around these parts girl!! yes, everything AND the kitchen sink .... sigh ... i just can't help myself!
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Alannah said 2811 days ago (October 16th, 2009)
First of all ... hahahaha LOVE the artwork ......
... second of all ...... you don't belong here ..... and you KNOW WHAT I Mean by that ! sigh ..... There are only a handful of what I would refer to as the "geniuses" here ... and you are definitely at the top of that heap ! p.s. I want a squirrel too ......
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magnatone said 2811 days ago (October 17th, 2009)
ALANNAH!!!
you can have a squirrel too - go see Bug67! He has lots of them - an endless supply!
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apb said 2811 days ago (October 17th, 2009)
It's ..
.. definitely the genre medoly hopping that grabs me: classical to "wild west" to boogie .. but that's done in such an excellent, intentionally stricking way, it tells the story of your influence struggle very well PLUS it all rolicks along at an intense panic .. grand orchestration Karen and apologies for the delay in listening... but u know me .. I get there in the end.
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magnatone said 2811 days ago (October 17th, 2009)
ALAN!!!!
i'm so THRILLED you stopped by - haven't seen you around MJ recently, so it's a special honor that you had a listen to my little panic-induced mayhem! come back soon!
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guitarfreak said 2811 days ago (October 17th, 2009)
wheee,
it is 12:21 am, and i'm about to go to sleep

good job, woke me up :D

:]
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magnatone said 2811 days ago (October 17th, 2009)
LOL
Hey GF - should've warned you that it's not really bedtime music!
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obbster said 2810 days ago (October 17th, 2009)
Amazing piano
What an arrangement. Well done!
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magnatone said 2810 days ago (October 17th, 2009)
Thanks
for taking the time to stop by obbster!
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dantimmermans said 2810 days ago (October 17th, 2009)
woah
this was a lot of fun, the percussion sounds fantastic.
thanks for the effort.
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magnatone said 2810 days ago (October 17th, 2009)
thank you
and, you are most welcome - it was a joyous effort!
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Vic Holman said 2810 days ago (October 17th, 2009)
i should of known
.... when i saw smackdown in the fan list it must be Karen. i've been kind of spotty over the past week on catching tunes. I'm glad that i did catch this, although I'm a bit late.

know I'm guessing at the rocking point that you did kick the piano bench out of the way and made like jerry lee lewis!

orchestration is fabulous!
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magnatone said 2810 days ago (October 17th, 2009)
hey ya Vic!
so glad you had a chance to come by for a smack! i don't play that well standing up - lol!
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stratcat said 2810 days ago (October 17th, 2009)
I always
wanted to learn to play piano. Didn't know you were so talented at it. What a lovely piece, really takes you away. This is really wonderful. Like the way you mixed in so many instruments. Grand work. Kinda reminds me of some early ELP.
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magnatone said 2810 days ago (October 17th, 2009)
hey Strat
it's NEVER too late! :D
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racerat said 2810 days ago (October 18th, 2009)
Huge
Karen,
Amazing. What a romp. Just exploding with ecstatic energy and pure joy. Amazing orchestration.
On another note,motorcycle touring season, huh? Do tell, what kind of bike? Where to, etc? Curious. Just a NorCal biker, lover of the twisties myself.
Nice work!
Philip

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magnatone said 2809 days ago (October 19th, 2009)
hi RR!
as i'm sure you know by now, i PM'd you with the vital stats on motorcycling! now that you mention it, this song is kind of a case of aural twisties huh? thanks for stopping by!
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kristyjo said 2810 days ago (October 18th, 2009)
Smiles from ear to ear.
Great orchestration. I love the placement of the instruments. Excellent change up for the piano only version. Did the squirrel provide inspiration? or is he the mentor who helped with the orchestration:)
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magnatone said 2809 days ago (October 19th, 2009)
the squirrel
actually did the whole thing!
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ste said 2810 days ago (October 18th, 2009)
wow
this is incredible. how can you comment that my tunes are put together well when u r doing something like this? genius
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magnatone said 2809 days ago (October 19th, 2009)
um
because they are???? thanks for the listen ste - and now, for a good rounding! :D
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colleenyb said 2809 days ago (October 18th, 2009)
what can I say
that hasn't already been said. I LOVE this! Thank you for it!
magnatone said 2809 days ago (October 19th, 2009)
hi colleen!!
how nice of you to swing by for a listen!
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axljfoley said 2807 days ago (October 20th, 2009)
I like this
Smackdowns are always goob
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Relic67 said 2807 days ago (October 20th, 2009)
gobsmacked
amazing playing and blending of different timbres.
Enjoyed the insanity near the end.
the longest fan list I've ever seen on an MJ tune, I'll add myself!
the squirrel should be holding up one of those boxing fight cards...
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ConnieO said 2806 days ago (October 21st, 2009)
WOW!
How long did it take you to orchestrate Classical Smackdown like this? Your notes say you just got back from touring...sounds like you dived into this cranium first! Ease up on the caffeine and little white pills girl! The video for this can feature squirrels in straight jackets looking for that last nut before the snow falls! I had to take soma to calm down after listening... One Of A Kind! Now, go for a gentle boat ride on the water. :o)
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MotherofMeursault said 2806 days ago (October 21st, 2009)
Oh, Karen
This is wonderful, wonderful, wonderful!

Bless you, dear!
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richardhowardjones said 2804 days ago (October 24th, 2009)
Well Karen
How does genial genius grab you?
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selters said 2804 days ago (October 24th, 2009)
wonderful!
i am impressed by what you are able to do!It sounds smashing, and makes me happy while listening! Wonderful!
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Doadars Uncle said 2803 days ago (October 24th, 2009)
Expanding!
This is a really heartening piece! Great blend of textures. Love the changes!
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sewer rod said 2803 days ago (October 24th, 2009)
Very Nice
Piece of work! Absolutely amazing! I have a huge respect for classical music, (especially the darker sound). You have blown me away. Thanks for sharing!
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Martin_Leroy said 2802 days ago (October 25th, 2009)
WOW - I got SMACKED
You ROCK!! This is really nice.
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omnibus11 said 2802 days ago (October 26th, 2009)
oh my word
I know I have said it before but why are you not a famous composer?? For film, for the stage?? Your work is always so good and so amazingly arranged.... tops as always.... I love the way those parts all interweave and grow and spiral.... you skills on piano are not only excellent but really convey emotions that most here can't achieve.... love the almost boogie woogie break that it gets too.... classy yet tongue n cheek....

wow....just wow my friend.... you have done it again.... me think you need to find a label....
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MannequinRaces said 2801 days ago (October 27th, 2009)
Fantastic!
Love all the orchestration Karen! Your music compositions always remind me of being in the high school band and all the various music we played. This piece flows so smoothly together Karen! Great big band parts. Really awesome production! Great job!
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pappaapsu said 2800 days ago (October 27th, 2009)
Boo-Ya -Ka!
This is a great piece. Lots of fun. Check out some of my stuff, if you'd like to see if you could re work some of the pieces with your training, that would be neat.
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Rasapriya said 2800 days ago (October 27th, 2009)
Perfection!
Wow! Great piece. Excellent writing and musicianship.
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SISTERS said 2800 days ago (October 28th, 2009)
bigger, better, deeper respect
karen - this is nothing less than GLORIOUS. the voicings you've got here all count toward the BIG BURST of stellar sound. the strings are sensational, horns are seriously good, and the listen revitalizes me and has me looking for a mountain to boogie climb. the raucous ending is so oh yeah oh yeah! brilliant, woman.
anne
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mr_mordenus said 2800 days ago (October 28th, 2009)
3:22
Three minutes and twenty-two seconds of sheer, 1000-proof musical genius. There are pretenders such as myself who kick around the edges of music a bit, and then there are those such as yourself who quietly and without ego just wring the walnuts out of the trees and get the whole population rocking with joy and exuberance.

Stunning. And riotous. "Call me a fan" doesn't come close.
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Calchas said 2799 days ago (October 28th, 2009)
BACK
for another listen! A truly marvelous re-vamping of the original Karen.

Although that photo alone is worth the price of admission! Ha ha...

Wonderful stuff!

Be well friend!
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BossHook said 2794 days ago (November 2nd, 2009)
I did not
hear the original before checking this but speaking of bike touring - this is a tour de force of compositional acuity! Enjoyed the journey - love the western elements to it 3/4 through.
that80sboy said 2793 days ago (November 3rd, 2009)
been a while
forgot all the great music you put out....and yeah...you remember the crash too on icomp...haha...nice!
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sschedra said 2792 days ago (November 4th, 2009)
Wondrous and happy!
The orchestration really makes it come alive! Karen this is really some amazing stuff. You are such a talented gal and could do just about anything with your music. BTW what package did you use for the orchestral instruments?
Thanks,
Stephen
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mybravedesign said 2792 days ago (November 4th, 2009)
great...
reminds me of a score from any 90's film..... not sure i could fathom playing this at full speed or all the way through but everything is mixed so nice that nothing matters....it's just a good listen ....
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lengold said 2791 days ago (November 5th, 2009)
Unsurprisingly
I can't think of anything to say that hasn't been said better above.
Cheers
Len

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IdleBel10 said 2791 days ago (November 5th, 2009)
jaunty
Interesting mix of styles. You play on the other side of (the musical world) this is bright and cheery, laden with sugar and honey. Well played and produced. I am curious as to how garage band works in comparison to programs like Cakewalk's Sonar. Great piece!
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Boundless said 2790 days ago (November 6th, 2009)
Better late than never
And another wonderful piece, Karen.

Such light, delightful.

Merci !
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Bob6stringer said 2785 days ago (November 11th, 2009)
Copeland with a shot of Emerson
Are those your fingers doing al that piano playing? Dang, sister!

Love the Western threads as they build into your boogie section, makes me want to play some Copeland back to back with Keith Emerson's old "Hoedown" cover. Pure happy-fun-joy composition and playing, K.
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VicDiesel said 2781 days ago (November 15th, 2009)
Wonderful
Just like your other smackdown, this is wonderfully creative. You clearly master both ends of the spectrum, serious and not-so-serious, and the transitions between one and the other are so smooth that if you dont' pay attention you wonder "wait, how did we get here?".

Really good.
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fathom said 2780 days ago (November 16th, 2009)
Wow
what an uplifting work this is. PURE LISTENING PLEASURE.
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Narad said 2779 days ago (November 17th, 2009)
Smackdown
Such a beautiful piece, soaring, dancing, embracing ! Reminds me a bit L. Bernstein
Thanks. :)
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Cameron said 2761 days ago (December 5th, 2009)
great concept
You've woven quite an intricate, busy quilt of sounds here.

I've always enjoyed your excellent piano playing, and have almost always preferred it in a thinner texture, with less sounds to distract from your wonderful command of the instrument.

You have become quite masterful at orchestration. But this piece almost comes off as a "sampler", almost as though you are trying to fit as many sounds into it as you can.

Perhaps if the sounds (strings in particular) were played by real instruments, the texture would be less overwhelming.

You have obviously put a lot of work into this project and you've had a great deal of fun with it. These aspects come across very strongly in this piece.

I particularly liked the "boogie" section. What fun! It could be expanded and done as a piece on its own. I enjoyed the chordal and rhythmic structure of this section very much.

Best wishes!
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Diviner said 2759 days ago (December 7th, 2009)
Very uplifting
This is an epic of a track, and love the way it changes throughout, even genres. Well done Karen this is awesome.
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guygrooves said 2759 days ago (December 7th, 2009)
BRAVO!!



nuff said
Peace
Guy
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immichaelyoung said 2759 days ago (December 7th, 2009)
nice
I appreciate the piano: very clean, tight, and precise.
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CraizeeMusic said 2758 days ago (December 8th, 2009)
Lovely!
It was wonderfully lovely Karen.

Downloaded and loved!
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Sudra said 2757 days ago (December 9th, 2009)
Excellent...
...I don't know what else to say. I hear so much going on, right at this second the bit that sounds like Copeland, but then it shoots off in another direction entirely. The musicianship is enviable and humbling. Hats-off.
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ThroughRivers said 2755 days ago (December 11th, 2009)
hey
you really are a gifted musician, i love the great blend of instruments on this one, gorgeous piano work, i wish i was as gifted as you are, loving it. i think you do fine on your own, luv the ending, great piece cheers x
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michaeljayklein said 2751 days ago (December 15th, 2009)
Applause
I loved this!!!!! You do truly excellent work!

Michael
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TobinMueller said 2723 days ago (January 13th, 2010)
Joy
The title of this made the absolute joy expressed in the music a surprise, but it shouldn't have, knowing the person behind the music. This track could get frantic, but doesn't, since it is grounded in beauty, a balanced and single-line sense of flight and freedom. Thanks for sharing your light and lightness with us.
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fasteddie said 2722 days ago (January 13th, 2010)
traveller
This song takes me to so many places. It touches on the feel of a western to new orleans swing, to classic swing then back again. The entire song is happy and joyous; I'm glad that I stopped by here. Awesome!
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CrazeeFlootGrrl said 2699 days ago (February 5th, 2010)
Wow
This is spectacular! Great arrangement! And great playing!
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Damroze said 2663 days ago (March 13th, 2010)
Wait a minute..
do I understand from reading between the lines that you are a talented pianist AND a biker ?

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michaeljayklein said 2650 days ago (March 26th, 2010)
Brava!
Man, I could listen to this until 2017! Outstanding!
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lilmom said 2539 days ago (July 15th, 2010)
Multiply that happiness
by the number of people who undoubtedly had a JOYFUL experience listening to this. WOW! The pleasure you spread around this world with this effort should earn you some kind of Noble Peace Prize!
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georgeptingley said 2501 days ago (August 23rd, 2010)
Fantastic track
I heard this one many months ago but somehow never got to commenting. Beautiful, energetic, and inspired work here. Much enjoyed for sure! gpt
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