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Dew on my Shoes



 Genre: Celtic

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Call this "NuCeltic". I started humming the tune on a train from Montreal to Toronto and it stuck with me for about a year until I layed it down as a lone guitar track. I used open tuning to get the drone but in my head I hear violins, bagpipes, mandolins and skin drums.

My people first settled in Nova Scotia (Canada) in the 1700s. They were of Swiss and Bavarian heritage with a dash of Native Indian thrown in to the mix. Not Celtic in any way really. Nonetheless, I love the music of the Maritimes.

Listen to this with closed eyes and imagine a windy seaside cliff overlooking the Atlantic. It is dawn and the sun has just broken over the horizon. The early morning dew sparkles on your boots like a thousand diamonds. You breath in the cold, clean air and are filled with hope and love for your new land.

At least that was my experience with this one. Enjoy.
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none - but the music was inspired by a line from a short story I wrote which reads "and I began my journey with a pack on my back and dew on my shoes"
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drakonis said 4813 days ago (November 15th, 2005)
the road ahead
calls me to dance down it... very nice... A lot of fun, like the droning of
not-bagpipes here. Enjoyable music... but it does call for a lead over
it, some singer perhaps? Otherwise, it is backgroundy enough to be
good sundtrack music. Cool! Nice artwork too. Clean production,
light percussion sounds good and not annoying, as can happen from
something this long... nice breaks.
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CIPHER said 4813 days ago (November 15th, 2005)
the road ahead
Oh yeah. I'm looking for female vocals to finish this off. I'm hearing a voice
soaring over this, clear and high.

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said 4812 days ago (November 16th, 2005)
Left Me Cold
The mix of the instruments is good. I enjoyed the banjo. The melody is

but ...

I found this had little 'soul' and most of the time the rhythm is
maddenly mechanical where I would hope it to swing more. It's like
expecting James Brown and getting the Osmonds. IMHO, melodic
repetition works if the rhythm swings, otherwise, the repetition
becomes numbing to me.

I guess I feel strongly about this because 3 of 4 of my grandparents
came from Ireland and I've been listening to a variety of popular
somewhat traditional to new agey to rock Irish music for 40 years.
From the Chieftains, James Galway, Clannad/Enya to Virgin Prunes,
Thin Lizzy, U2. The music is passionate.
CIPHER said 4812 days ago (November 16th, 2005)
Left Me Cold
Thanks Mungo for your honesty.

The sad fact is that since I programmed the whole tune using a midi
authoring tool and software instruments AND didn't really take the time to try
and make it feel organic I can see how it's lacking.

I've played this on guitar in some informal jams and it sounds huge. I know
what's missing but I'm not sure how to achieve it through my current working

Any ideas on how I can improve it would be most welcome. I've got a healthy
dose of Irish in me on my Mum's side so I feel somewhat obliged to do right
by my ancestors. And you.

As I mentioned in my song description, this tune is meant to be played on old
real instruments. Maybe the drum is even just a tub being thumped.

Thoughts on how to save a souless reproduction of a genuine moment?

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said 4811 days ago (November 17th, 2005)
Left Me Cold
I wish I could help directly - I'm not much of a musician - I don't think I could
play the same thing twice and my timing is idiosyncratic at best.
You might post a request in the collaborations forum requesting musicians to
help play the song and get advice on how to do that with multiple people at
several locations. At the very least, see of you can get a percussionist or two to
lay down a rhythm appropriate to this and build the rest of the tracks on top of
I'm glad you took my comment in the spirit it was meant.
I look forward to hearing what transpires.

macgalver said 4805 days ago (November 23rd, 2005)
it's where everyone starts. It's not a bad place. ; ) keep on keeping
on. Nice work--thanks, kelli
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aclarke said 4805 days ago (November 23rd, 2005)
Dancin' a jig
Man- I couldn't help but picture the Stonehedge scene from this is Spinal
Tap. Excellent modern day Celtic style groove. Just when I thought it was
getting a little monotonous you broke it up. Very nice!
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mandolinquent said 4805 days ago (November 23rd, 2005)
Lovely groove...
REally like that banjo part... Maybe break up the line a bit more; the
main celtic groove is fantastic, but it repeats a lot and maybe needs
somethign to work against. The second melody gives it somewhere to
go, but maybe something a bit more rhythmic too? Just a thought.
What do I know?
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