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It's been a very busy year so far and I won't go into the list of why. I haven't had much time to spend on music BUT I wanted to have a chance to work on my dad's birthday/Father's Day present earlier this year. I like to create a march for him every year but with things being so hectic what to do? It turns out by good fortune that I had written a short 'Victory March' and sent it, unsolicited, to Rik Berryere along with the voice and musical bits he asked for in the final instalment of his brilliant MJCity Videos. Rik didn't use it since he had chosen (very wisely) to use another of my pieces to celebrate the team's victory over the 1-Bomber.

I was able to extend the victory march piece with a new intro and cleaned up some orchestration and gave it to my Dad for his birthday. However, I was not totally happy with the result so I planned to come back to it before posting it. I had a couple of days this week and with more orchestral cleanup, reworking of the modulation and some mastering here is the result.

Unlike the British and American march styles I've used in the past, this one is more of a cinematic feel-good march in a John Williams-y kind of way. It wasn't my intent when I wrote it to emulate his style but I've seen enough movies to clearly have been influenced.

If you need to get off to work in the morning with a spring in your step try putting this on before you go out the door. Or, if you've just defeated whatever serves as the equivalent of an evil empire in your life this might be soundtrack for your high fives.


A re-worked Happy Birthday Dad! Thanks for all of your support!

Artwork is an image from the first Family Guy Star Wars show.
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Uploaded: Jul 31, 2014 - 01:35:33 PM
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Bowman said 1062 days ago (July 31st, 2014)
I was
both reading your description and hearing the piece when from the first note Raiders and John Williams came to mind and sure enough he - as you say - was at least a subconscious influence on this.

William's has certainly written some great marches and Dad's March 2014 would fit quite nicely on that list. (I'm guessing you meant March. I've left out a few letters on more than my share of titles)

Beautifully crafted and stirring. Something a band would proudly play as they march past a grandstand.

You've done your dad proud with your yearly gift of your art and generously share that gift with us at MJ.
Good to hear a new piece from you Doug.
Hope to hear more soon.
Best,
Charlie

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Doug Somers said 1062 days ago (August 1st, 2014)
Opening
I have to admit that I went to a concert at our National Arts Centre to hear a whole evening of John Williams work. It was a good show and there were two things I took away apart from the enjoyment: 1) how much many of his pieces sound similar in terms of their overall feel and sonic fingerprint and 2) a stamp on my unconscious that came out a few days later in writing the new intro to this piece.

Thanks for all of the kind words and I hope to get back to working on other pieces that are either partly done or still in my head as ideas.

Cheers!
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PeterB7858 said 1062 days ago (July 31st, 2014)
Dad's Mach 2014
Great gift for your Dad. Positive, uplifting, triumphal. The evil empire will not darken my door today :-) Regards, Peter.
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Doug Somers said 1062 days ago (August 1st, 2014)
Uplifting
That's what I had in mind. Triumphal too. Thanks for the kind words Peter and I'm glad that the evil empire has been held at bay.

Cheers!
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paul f. page said 1062 days ago (July 31st, 2014)
Beautiful
Yes. Uplifting and triumphant. Your use of the digital orchestra at your fingertips is really outstanding and the happy result is a pleasure to hear, short though it is. Around 42—56 (tuba entry/low brass, etc.)things get a little bit muddy, but you recover well and end sharply. It would be so much fun to hear you go off into a "B" section in a minor key and then reprise the opening. But as it is, this is delightful, charming, eminently listenable, and just plain old fun. Forget J.W. Your own ideas are simply valid and valuable by their own merits.
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Doug Somers said 1062 days ago (August 1st, 2014)
A 'B' section you say....
First thank you for your supportive commentary Paul. It is always meaningful and most welcome. I had thought about making this even longer with a quieter modulated B section before the return for the 'big finish' but I chose to keep it a just little longer than the original but still short. This choice was mainly driven by the fact that I can get on with other things I'd like to develop. So many ideas, so little time :)

I'm not sure if it is just dense orchestration (possible, for sure) or the limits of samples and Logic that makes for full orchestra playing to get muddy. It may be a bit of both. I know that there are other sample packs out there that play entire horn or woods sections and they sound great, although one is limited to tutti playing for the section. In any event, if I DO revisit this I will have another look at the muddiness as I too heard it and was not totally happy but chose to tie a ribbon on it anyway.

Thanks Paul!


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Dadai.2 said 1062 days ago (July 31st, 2014)
triumphantly wonderful....
... music. Short, too short, yet so perfect. Very good one, Doug... for your Dad - cool indeed...
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Doug Somers said 1062 days ago (August 1st, 2014)
for Dad
Yes, another one that is too short (I try to average out things with super-long ambient pieces :)

Really glad you liked this one Jack. Thanks for the compliments!

I went to listen to Euro Sax and it was gone. Are you reworking it?
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davajonah said 1062 days ago (August 1st, 2014)
Marching music
Not my thing really, but my old man was like your old man; he loved this sort of music. In fact, when we were kids and listening to the radio or maybe a television show, his 'finger drumming' used to drive us nuts! Actually, I thought he was brilliant at it, but never admitted it to him. I should have done and I wish I had. He had amazing rhythm and perhaps could have taken up playing for real. He didn't, sadly.

Yes, John Williams/film springs to mind listening to this tune. But Paul is quite correct; it's your own. You've got those orchestral instrument settings just right, all is nice and clear. Great composition and balance in the mix.

I'm sure your father will be proud that his son has learned to do such things. Maybe you should print out a score and arrange for a real band to play it for him. How cool would that be?
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Doug Somers said 1061 days ago (August 1st, 2014)
Finger Drumming
My dad did a lot of that too while listening to marches (or while whistling them). Like yours, he was quite adept at it and could carry on with a lot of syncopation and counter-rhythms.

Funny you should mention scoring this - I was thinking about it this morning with the realization that it would be a lot of work I think. I did a 3 part score recently and was surprised as to how much work the process involves. Still, if I had an orchestra interested I'd find the time.

Cheers Dave for the kind words.
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Henke said 1062 days ago (August 1st, 2014)
Nice one Doug
Quite uplifting as you say and a nice clean mix.

Another "get going"-song is Blümchen's Heut ist mien Tag. I use it for running ;-)

Thanks and take care,
Henke
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Doug Somers said 1061 days ago (August 1st, 2014)
Heut' ist Mein Tag
Now that's a song to get you moving. Has the driving beat and synth sounds of DaRude. I don't know if I could run fast enough to keep up with the musik! Thanks for the reference Henrik. Glad you had a listen and shared your kind thoughts.
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MikeRobinson said 1062 days ago (August 1st, 2014)
"Doug ...
... I am your father!!”

“Noo-o-o-o-o-oooo!!!”

Seriously, this song develops a simple but interesting theme and does it extremely well.   A thoroughly satisfying piece of music, and of course, a wonderful birthday present.
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Doug Somers said 1061 days ago (August 1st, 2014)
You've left me short handed.... as it were....
Thanks from the depths of Cloud City, Mike. I thought that keeping this short and sweet would be best to keep the focus and to allow room for the next works in the pipeline. Glad you liked this one!!

Thanks again, and, you should know that I still think there is good in you... Just sayin'
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michaeljayklein said 1061 days ago (August 2nd, 2014)
I was born to march!
Every since as a young chap watching "The Bridge on the River Kwai" with my parents and they started in with "The Colonel Boogie". I didn't even fully read your description before I thought "Yanno, John Williams would have gotten an Oscar for this job!" But it's quite your own, very much so--all those creative and zestful gestures of yours; there's a kind of spirited optimism behind much of your work that's unmistakable. I need to loop this for continuous play (I really DO love march music!) Thanks and great hearing you at work once again! Michael
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Doug Somers said 1061 days ago (August 2nd, 2014)
Spirited Optimism
Oscar worthy or not (very kind, Michael!) I do like to write something that shows the positive potential in the human condition. We get enough in the news full of what's not working I'd like to create sounds that point out what each of us carries that does shine in our own unique way. If this march lights you up then know that I'm just holding a mirror to what's already there.

I'm awaiting your next opus after getting into a bar fight in Alphonse's Knuckle Room and needing some new crooning to help heal the wounds.

Be well Michael and thanks again!
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Sigmund said 1061 days ago (August 2nd, 2014)
Dad's March
Hi Doug - very uplifting high energy piece, The orchestration and mix are really well done. The piece itself moves along so fast, it's over before you know it. Thank goodness for that replay button! Nice work, Doug - and an awesome birthday present for Dad - very much enjoyed!
Sig
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Doug Somers said 1060 days ago (August 2nd, 2014)
Uplifting
Thanks Sig. It's a shortie but hopefully does the job for now. It was fun to work on too. Who knows, some day I may just go back and start updating the catalog with all the things I've learned in the intervening years. If so I'll put in a B section and clean up more orchestration. The basis of the energy and overall feel though is here in this version and I'm happy about that.

Thanks again!
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Philip18 said 1060 days ago (August 2nd, 2014)
Dad's March
Stirring, uplifting, joyful. Excellent work, Doug!
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Doug Somers said 1060 days ago (August 2nd, 2014)
Cheers Philip
That was what I was going for. Thanks for the kind words.
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davisamerica said 1059 days ago (August 3rd, 2014)
My wife
came out side and said "John Williams" as my black wiener dog combed the Turks cap for grass hoppers. The first bars to me were "my Sharona" by the knack ..... Perfect!
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Doug Somers said 1057 days ago (August 5th, 2014)
My Sharona
Cool. Thanks Jack and to your perceptive wife and wiener dog too. Maybe I should do a march version of My Sharona. Nawwwww.....
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IbotenicParadigm said 1058 days ago (August 4th, 2014)
Brilliant track
Your midi skills are top-flight! I enjoyed this a lot. Thank you for posting it.

IP
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Doug Somers said 1057 days ago (August 5th, 2014)
Thanks I.P.
It's certainly a different style than you posted recently and I'm glad you had a listen and left such supportive remarks. Thanks!
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Ultrabeast said 1057 days ago (August 5th, 2014)
Great sounding strings and percussion!
This would be great in a movie :) Might vary up your chord progressions a bit but that's me.
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Doug Somers said 1057 days ago (August 6th, 2014)
Movie
That's the mental image. Many marches are even simpler than this one, so for me the progressions are a little more 'modern' than I - IV - V and maybe vi. Still if I do a B section some day you are right and I would vary up the harmonic progression more.

Thanks for having a listen!
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DWL said 1057 days ago (August 6th, 2014)
Very effective
You handle the orchestra brilliantly Doug.

Triumphal, as others have said, and it catches the mood perfectly.

Midi horns often sound too synthesised but these work really well

Cheers

Dick

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Doug Somers said 1057 days ago (August 6th, 2014)
Cheers Dick
Wrestling with MIDI horns is probably the hardest sound combination in the orchestra. I'm glad this one worked for you, and thanks for your supportive comments Dick. Be well.
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Fire_Angel said 1056 days ago (August 6th, 2014)
A fine uplifting mood piece.
Very Hollywood, but also very good. I know how tricky it is to write a march, so this caught my attention straight away. Short, but still manages to pack quite a lot in, so that's worthy of several listens; I actually played it three times and downloaded it for reference as I think I could learn from this as well as listen to it for fun.
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Doug Somers said 1050 days ago (August 12th, 2014)
Thanks for the compliments!
Having a piece become a reference plus a source of fun is all I can ask for. I love the whimsical nature of your march which this one doesn't even come close to. Glad you liked it and thanks for having a listen.
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scaustrita said 1014 days ago (September 17th, 2014)
Dad's
dramatic, uplifting, exuberant, heartwarming

:: Luv It ::
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Doug Somers said 625 days ago (October 11th, 2015)
Wow
Those are a pretty potent combination of compliments. Thanks so much!
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