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A Tale Of Two Pianos (w/magnatone)


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kassia

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As two pianists who admire each other’s music, we’ve been musing about the possibility of trying a collaboration since last spring. We’ve always noted our very different playing styles, and thought it would be interesting to see how/if they could be blended in one piece of music.

This started with a little piano piece that Shay did for her niece. She thought it might work as a collab and sent it to Karen. This was the first of many compromises, since Shay, who is more comfortable in Eb and 4/4 time, had played this piece in D Major with a 6/8 time signature (favorites for Karen). The gauntlet had been thrown down! As Karen began to do an accompaniment, it became immediately clear that adjustments would have to be made in the piano instruments to address our very different ways of playing. We chose a bright piano for Shay and doubled her track, while finding the mellowest possible piano for Karen, whose mother can still be heard to say “Stop Pounding!”

It wasn’t long before we both were noticing how reminiscent some of Shay’s original improv chord structure was to certain aspects of Pachelbel’s Canon in D, and after a bit of back and forth, we decided to stop fighting it and just play the Pachelbel as part of our piece. This posed some challenges as we each had to figure out some way to play a recognizable version of this familiar tune in 6/8 and at 100 bpm, and then our two versions of course also had to work with each other. As the Pachelbel developed, we decided to make it just a little more challenging by playing a 3rd and ultimately a 4th piano accompaniment.

Meanwhile, we also wanted to do some orchestration to this piece. The process of adding instruments was very entertaining. Shay would write a cello line, send it to Karen who would rewrite it, send it back to Shay who would rewrite the rewrite and finally we’d compromise somewhere approximately in the middle of our two musical brains. This was truly a collaboration in that we literally worked together on nearly every note, and had to continually find ways to blend our styles of playing, writing and thinking about music. For example, Shay, who cut her teeth on George Winston, loves the sustain pedal, while Karen, who cut HER teeth on Joseph Haydn, uses it sparingly. Shay loves dissonant sounds, and Karen um……did we mention Haydn? Karen loves lots of syncopation and Shay…….not so much. We considered calling this piece “The Tao of Compositional Compromise,” but settled on a little less of a tongue twister.

We had a great deal of fun making this song, and hope you enjoy this first of hopefully many kassia/magnatone collaborations! We recommend listening with headphones on for this one!
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Uploaded: Jan 09, 2009 - 08:20:07 PM
Last Updated: Jan 10, 2009 - 12:38:50 AM Last Played: Jan 28, 2017 - 09:14:09 PM
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Comments
LunaTrick said 3090 days ago (January 9th, 2009)
Combination made in heaven...
Splendid idea... you too getting together. I've always thought piano duets were an underrated medium... and after this I'm further flummoxed as to why. Love when the strings and woods come in... gorgeous use of the flute. Really super work.. bravo to both of you!
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kassia said 3090 days ago (January 10th, 2009)
daniel
maybe piano duets are underrated because getting two 9ft grands on stage is a tough job. so glad you liked this...we spent a lot of time on that initial ehorn and string entry. Thanks for your great comment!
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Feter said 3090 days ago (January 9th, 2009)
A Tale Of Two Pianos
This is fine Art ladies ..the tale just a wonderful truth of true decent
friend ..that meld so wonderfully here ...the story of integrity and
understanding just shock me ..the tune itself shows long telling story
remarkable ..one of the best colabs ever ...thank you so very much for
sharin such gem ....PLEASE MORE !!!!!!
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magnatone said 3090 days ago (January 10th, 2009)
Two Pianos
Thanks Feter! We had a ball doing this, and actually found it quite easy to work together even though we had different ideas about just about everything! Glad you liked it - thanks for the listen
Check out my latest song called Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen) and Variations
EEFliess said 3090 days ago (January 9th, 2009)
bravo!!!
oh my G*d this is so sweet

you girls did a fab job on this, it is so pretty, I can see the both of you on stage surrounded by an orchestra, pianos facing one another

this is just PERFECT...the crux of what collaboration really is...wow
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magnatone said 3090 days ago (January 10th, 2009)
Two Pianos
Hi Eddie - thanks for listening. When we were talking about panning the pianos, we also imagined that in a live performance it would be pianos back to back, which would make us about 18 feet apart on a stage. Now let's see.....how far on the dial is 18 feet?
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KissMeKate said 3090 days ago (January 9th, 2009)
Tear-squirtingly delicious!
I absolutely love, love, love it.

kassia said 3090 days ago (January 10th, 2009)
kate
thank you :-)... and thanks for all the listens and feedback and support...and um...i still say "tear-squirtingly delicious" is gross!
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particledots said 3090 days ago (January 9th, 2009)
kassia-tone-tastic
looking forwards to future collabs

brill

b
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kassia said 3090 days ago (January 10th, 2009)
bryn
thank you! always a pleasure to have particldots stop by for a listen. we're looking forward to more collabs too - we had a lot of fun and managed not to hurt each other at all!
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gisli said 3090 days ago (January 9th, 2009)
Wow
The song is great, the sound is great, pachabel was great, you are both great, everything is just great. the piano playing is very very good and the orchestra fits well. Thank you so much.
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magnatone said 3090 days ago (January 10th, 2009)
Two Pianos
thanks for your enthusiastic comments gisli! It was quite a puzzle at times, making it all fit together, but we're pretty happy with the outcome of this first collaboration effort. Plus, it was a total kick in the pants to do!
Check out my latest song called Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen) and Variations
lank81 said 3090 days ago (January 9th, 2009)
Ladies who Amaze
Wonderful job ladies. Piano is such a fine instrument and overlooked in the world of pop and rock at times. I'm happy I enjoy hearing this beautiful instrument and not only that but done so elegantly by two great MacJammers. Sweet collab.
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kassia said 3090 days ago (January 10th, 2009)
Matt
Thanks for stopping by for a listen and letting us know what you thought! I'm going to have to agree with you about the piano being a fine instrument...but then, I'm a little biased about it. Thanks again, Matt. Glad you liked it.
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kristyjo said 3090 days ago (January 9th, 2009)
Anticipation-
and, after I read the description, I clicked on play. Yes, sweet melody. 6/8 is great for this! Great orchestration. Pachelbel really sings in 6/8. This is really so much more than a piano duet. The collaboration on orchestration musta been a real challenge. It gets 'big' quite early on, but there are several nice releases from the full sound. You both have some nice moments to shine in your piano playing. I really like the synergy at about three minutes - nicely balanced, full sound, then bringing the instrumentation down to just piano at the end, realy nice. You ladies have achieved something very special, here.
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magnatone said 3090 days ago (January 10th, 2009)
Anticipation
Hi kristyjo - thanks so much for this comment and taking the time to listen. When I first tried the Pachelbel in 6/8, i LOVED it, but the 100bpm's were a bit challenging. I had to practice! The orchestration part of the collab was more hilarious than challenging. "I'm sending you the file with new cello, and you'd better not change it!!" (then of course, it would all get changed)
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Outtaorbit said 3090 days ago (January 9th, 2009)
Man oh Man
Nicely done.... so beautiful......Bravo......excuse me...Brava
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magnatone said 3090 days ago (January 10th, 2009)
Two Pianos
ORBIT!!! Thanks for the bravo, i mean bravA! This was so much fun to do - i think we might just be getting started. Since we don't agree on anything, we're a perfect collab team (???).
Check out my latest song called Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen) and Variations
Alannah said 3090 days ago (January 9th, 2009)
I don't know who .....
... or what a "Pachelbel" is ..... nor the difference between an Eb ... 4/4 time or Canon D ... but what I do know is how fabulous this piece sounds ! You two really outdid yourselves ..... if I hadn't read the description I would have just assumed it all came together as effortlessly as it played out to my ear .... which knowing how much work went into it ... makes it all the sweeter!
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kassia said 3090 days ago (January 10th, 2009)
alannah
All that matters is that it spoke to you. (Pachelbel is overrated anyway...and WAY overplayed - I'm sure you've heard him at every wedding you've ever been to.) Thanks for stopping by, in spite of your nasty cold. Hope you feel better soon - maybe this will sound different when all the gunk is gone out of your head! Let me know...
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said 3090 days ago (January 9th, 2009)
twongue tisters
what a nice weave of performance here, y'all, what an award to us that you have stayed the course and given us this, thanks.

. - Harold
magnatone said 3090 days ago (January 10th, 2009)
Two Pianos
Thanks Harold! "weave" is the word - we kept dropping stitches though, and had to find them again. (Or is that knitting?)
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MarkHolbrook said 3090 days ago (January 9th, 2009)
Simply stunning
Yes my m-Audio keystation 61 es is up for sale for sure after hearing this... I don't deserve a keyboard! :-(

Wow simply wow... This piece will go into favorites and at the top of the iPod list. I have to travel on the first of Feb and I will make sure this piece is ready for airplane use. It is surprisingly relaxing for how fast moving it is!

This is one to be very very proud of!
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kassia said 3090 days ago (January 10th, 2009)
mark
don't throw it away! you always threaten to, but so glad you haven't yet. Thanks for your great words, as always. In the mixing process, as I listened to it over and over on my iPod, I too was surprised by how relaxing it was despite the pace. I do have to say that the end of the Pachelbel always gets my heartrate up though and gives me chills. Karen did a fantastic job of fitting all 4 piano parts together. It was quite a puzzle.
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SmokeyVW said 3090 days ago (January 9th, 2009)
full of joy!
this is a wonderful composition. it's uplifting and full of life.

a little Pachelbel is A-OK -- it really works here as an integral part of the piece

thank you
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magnatone said 3090 days ago (January 10th, 2009)
thanks!
Thanks for the listen and comment Bill. We had to really think about doing the Pachelbel, realizing it would change the course of the piece dramatically. But as I was improvising to the original piano Shay sent me, I kept going there, so deciding not to fight it made everything else go easier. When we first each tried it, we were saying "it sounds like the Pachelbel on speed!"
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egobandit said 3090 days ago (January 9th, 2009)
Amazing
BEautiful in all respects a great collab.. Reading the description it seems fitting to say that with all the differences in playing styles it flows as one. I could only dream of arranging something like this and then to throw Pachelbel's cannon, all I can say is wow! Downloaded and thanks!
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kassia said 3090 days ago (January 10th, 2009)
ego
Thanks for your very kind words!! We really thought it would be hard to blend our styles, but overall it turned out to be pretty painless. A few puzzles to piece together, but we managed to stay civil and agree on lots of things. Glad you liked it!
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Richard_Schletty said 3090 days ago (January 9th, 2009)
imperative plural of plaudere
Now THIS is a collaboration! What a beautiful description of process and what a beautiful outcome. Plaudits!
magnatone said 3090 days ago (January 10th, 2009)
plural plauderes
thanks for the plaudits richard! So glad you enjoyed the description AND the outcome. We're still speaking, so I think we'll try this again sometime.
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Reinholt56 said 3090 days ago (January 10th, 2009)
Hi to the Both of you.....
Happy New Year first of all.

I love piano music and this piece is a beautiful meld of styles with a wondrous arrangement of somethings familiar.

Both of your styles are evident and that has to be good for me.

My shopping will be made more pleasurable today with this as my ipod tune of the day.

Take care.

Paul
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kassia said 3090 days ago (January 10th, 2009)
Paul
oh no..not shopping!!! So glad you have found some joy in this piece - anything to make shopping better!! I'm really glad you were able to hear both of our styles in here. We really wanted to make this a true melding of styles, while still maintaining a bit of what makes us each unique. Sounds like we managed to do that! Thanks for stopping by and letting us know what you thought. Glad you like it!
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filmscoremike said 3090 days ago (January 10th, 2009)
Wow...
This is the first song I listened to after being absent from the site for a long while. I'm glad I chose this one, and I'm sorry I ever left! It's wonderful. Loved it.
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magnatone said 3090 days ago (January 10th, 2009)
Welcome Back!
Hi Mike - thanks for this lovely comment, and if it pulls you back into MJ - then yeah!! Glad you enjoyed - thanks a lot for the listen
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Mcboy said 3090 days ago (January 10th, 2009)
wonderful music
from 2 wonderful musicians........simply beautiful arrangement......beautiful performance...!
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kassia said 3090 days ago (January 10th, 2009)
mcboy
What a wonderful surprise to see that you stopped by for a listen! Thanks for your very kind words. You know, having to keep up with Karen's playing on this one really challenged me. I haven't played that fast in years! Glad the piano performances turned out well. It only took me about....35 takes to get those Pachelbel parts down! Thanks again for the listen. Very glad you liked it!
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davisamerica said 3090 days ago (January 10th, 2009)
oh my .....
a surprise was promised and totally fulfilled ! Shay and Karen this is a total delight. The orchestration is perfect and you two mess so well. Very much appreciate the song description as well ..... May the piano gods wish your every desire for you have surely made them smile ... you most assuredly have planted a very huge grin on my face. Just excellent ! BTW .... wasn't first but I beat the Dragon [smirk]
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magnatone said 3090 days ago (January 10th, 2009)
Two Pianos
i just couldn't WAIT for you to hear this jack! It's been hard to keep it under wraps especially this last week or so, when we were closing in on the finish, and i realized we really were going to pull this off! Glad you liked it - as always, thanks for your wonderful support at MJ
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drakonis said 3090 days ago (January 10th, 2009)
wistful joy
Talk about a couple of piano powerhouses getting together... this is something I always wanted to hear, and you two created just what I would have hoped for in a collaboration of Shay and Karen. There's a hint of the dreamy wistful melancholy that is Shay, there is the joyful playful upbeat confidence that is Karen. The sustain pedal, mixed with staccato. The ebbs and swells of orchestration really add to this, love the horns, flute and percussion. The break into Pachelbel was a delight, and it was different enough to be refreshing. The mix could have been slightly expanded (pan the other instruments out ever so slightly more, boost the lows/highs a bit more), but it is pretty darned perfect. This is a gorgeous bit of music... far too short, so I must only hope that you come through on your threat that you'll do more of these! Wow.

I know your two styles, and it is great to read in your description EXACTLY what I would have expected, working together to come up in a happy middle-ground between your two tastes. This music exemplifies a profoundly integrated working relationship... Brava!

(Sorry for being late to the party, family life's been diverting me from MJ lately.)
ttfn,
Drakonis
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magnatone said 3090 days ago (January 10th, 2009)
Two Pianos
Surprise!! It's been hard keeping this under wraps and not telling you about it eduard!! We did feel like we managed to have both of our musical "personalities" coming through in the piece, although it clearly is tilted to the "exuberant" side - guess there will be payback next time around. It's ok, i CAN play slow (???). We were especially excited for you to hear this - glad we were able to surprise you!
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kassia said 3090 days ago (January 10th, 2009)
eduard
Yes! What Karen said! Seriously, we wanted this to be a surprise, but it was SO HARD to not tell you! Your comments are thoughtful and spot-on, as usual. Thanks for giving this such a thorough listen even though life is busy at the moment. (and I fought long and hard to uphold all KSA rules and guidelines about the kitchen sink...psst...sigh..I think karen needs another meeting).
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musichead said 3090 days ago (January 10th, 2009)
last spring????
what was the hold up? needs bass guitar..:p just kidding. Very sweet song. You can tellit was done by pros.
The dynamics and playing are just great!! Reminds of the days of when I played in the symphony. Funny, I know all the composers that you named... nice nice nice!!
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magnatone said 3090 days ago (January 10th, 2009)
Two Pianos
Thanks Steve! Yes, bass guitar would've been awesome - or maybe stand up bass! We appreciate the listen - especially from a symphony guy!
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Parichayaka said 3090 days ago (January 10th, 2009)
Brimful of joy!
The joy you can give when you do music for the sake of music...had a wonderful time listening to this. Perfect collaboration. First DL of the year. Thanks for that!
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kassia said 3090 days ago (January 10th, 2009)
pari
Thanks for stopping by - welcome for the DL! Joy...it's so nice to finally have a song that can be described as joyful! Karen's music has always felt so full of joy to me and it was a real pleasure to experience some of that as we worked on this together. So unlike my usual moody self! It's always wonderful when music evokes strong emotion. Thanks for letting us know you enjoyed this - we had a wonderful time putting it all together.
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Char said 3090 days ago (January 10th, 2009)
The most beautiful four hands
did not trump the most beautiful two hearts. I love Pacelbel's Cannon and you both did that piece honor with something so intricate and spiritually uplifting. Thanks for the link, girls. What a wonderful gift to the world.
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magnatone said 3090 days ago (January 10th, 2009)
4 hands
thanks char! The Canon was quite a challenge at this pace, but after a little practice, we each figured it out well enough. It was all just a lot of fun for us - thanks for the listen!
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LHellman said 3089 days ago (January 10th, 2009)
Love this!
I love this piece and know you both worked long and hard. Can't wait to hear more from the two of you. Well done! Karen, hope we can meet sometime!
magnatone said 3089 days ago (January 10th, 2009)
thanks!
thank you shay's mom! We did work long and hard, but as you also know, we had an awful lot of fun in the midst of the work. It was way more fun than it was hard. And I hope to meet you sometime too!
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kassia said 3089 days ago (January 10th, 2009)
yeah!
Thanks mom!
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Alimar said 3089 days ago (January 10th, 2009)
JUST...
...WONDERFUL. Karen has always impressed me with her piano playing. And now, your combined efforts have been fulfilled from your seed planted last Spring. I've not really listened much to your work, but Shay, deliverance here with Magnatone is absolutely enlightening. Thank you (both) for sharing.

ALIMAR
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kassia said 3089 days ago (January 10th, 2009)
Alimar
So great to see you here. I've admired your talents from the day I got to MJs and I know karen things highly of you as well. This was so much fun for us to do together, but I think we would both agree that it's just as wonderful to share it with others and hear how it moves them. Thank you for stopping in for a listen and leaving us such kind words.
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ic42 said 3089 days ago (January 10th, 2009)
a heart "runneth over"
it is such music that pours into the empty soul. it fills all the sad places with joy. it continues filling to the eyes, and tears come. what a triumph. it is also a joy to read about two great composers. two great styles. and a single great creation. it is much work, however, the sum is greater than the parts. if there will be more collaborations, then there will be more joy in the world. 0x0
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magnatone said 3089 days ago (January 10th, 2009)
ic42
thank you so much for this wonderful comment - it really made my day. It was great to see you in chat and also hear your beautiful new song (http://www.macjams.com/song/49315). It is always an honor to have you listen to my, and in this case our, music - thanks!
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Jim Bouchard said 3089 days ago (January 10th, 2009)
ah pachelbel!
It's everywhere! Have you seen this video? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdxkVQy7QLM
That's funny, as an aside, but this is lovely, just grand. I like the first title, but this really doesn't sound like much of a compromize. Very nice!
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kassia said 3089 days ago (January 10th, 2009)
Jim
That video was AWESOME!!! Thanks for the link - totally made my day. And thanks for stopping in for a listen. (I like the first title too!) Karen and I really had a great time doing this so nothing felt like a compromise. Glad you liked it!
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Bob Rodgers said 3089 days ago (January 10th, 2009)
I'm
really glad Karen led me here to this lovely piece of music, superb piano playing, this is just fantastic and this is a wondeful collab.
It was very intersting to read the description and for you to both get together finally to play this wonderful piece.
The piano is a wonderful instrument and I love to hear it, with you both playing together on this it's just fantastic!
Very much enjoyed and I look forward to hearing more of your collabs.

Bob
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magnatone said 3089 days ago (January 10th, 2009)
Hi Bob!
thanks for stopping by to listen to our little duet - we had a ball making it, and are so pleased that it's being enjoyed!
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sheilad said 3089 days ago (January 10th, 2009)
Simply stunning
What a beautiful collaboration by the two of you. D/l to the ipod. Thanks
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kassia said 3089 days ago (January 10th, 2009)
sheilad
Thanks for listening and commenting! So glad you downloaded - we hope you find enjoyment in this many many times!
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PrototypeEightyOne said 3089 days ago (January 10th, 2009)
yo
very nice.. great playing, pleasing to the ears, mixed well and loved all the additions to mix it up through out the song and how they never took away from the piano on the forefront.
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magnatone said 3089 days ago (January 10th, 2009)
Yo Proto
Thanks for taking the time to listen to this! Shay, who did most of the mixing work, really put a lot of effort into keeping the pianos up front here, and it really paid off. Glad you enjoyed our little duet!
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gail60 said 3089 days ago (January 10th, 2009)
OH MY GOODNESS!!!
WOW WOW WOW...you two ladies are incredible. This is more than beautiful! Blows me away to listen to this. Very impressive and shows so much talent from you both. Kudos Ladies! I enjoyed every moment of this song and will continue to listen to it many many times! Thanks for sharing this masterpiece. What a Great collaberation - WOW!
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kassia said 3089 days ago (January 10th, 2009)
gail
We are SO glad you stopped by to hear this!! Just this morning we were saying how we hoped you would be able to come in for a listen. We're both really excited with how it turned out - and excited that we didn't kill each other in the process of doing it. Thanks for your very kind words - glad you like it!
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sschedra said 3089 days ago (January 10th, 2009)
Oh Karen!
Breathless! I love it. And the work (and wrangling) that must have gone into it. The production is just wonderful too, everything balanced so well and so clean, just the right tones. Horns, strings, percussion all adding without taking over, very well done. You ladies have really hit a high mark with this piece.
Bravo! . . . Bravo!
Stephen
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magnatone said 3089 days ago (January 10th, 2009)
Hi Stephen!
There was a bit of wrangling, but it was mostly with an over-abundance of piano notes in the later sections of the Pachelbel Canon than it was with each other. Shay did the lion's share of the work in balancing the instruments, and it IS very fine work indeed. The idea of having timpani rolls and cymbal hits with nothing but piano at first seemed like it couldn't possibly work, but as we played with it we realized that actually it's kinda cool! Glad you enjoyed - thanks for the great comment
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bud said 3089 days ago (January 10th, 2009)
Jumpin' gee willickers -
that was great! What a joy to listen to, and an absolute hoot to contemplate it's creation given the description. Please write more short stories with great musical accompaniment. Liner notes never tasted so good.
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kassia said 3089 days ago (January 10th, 2009)
bud
LOL you totally just made my day. I don't think I've ever seen jumpin' gee willickers actually written out. I'm glad you liked the song - and the story. It was such an amazing process that we just had to share some of the highlights with y'all. Thanks for stopping by and making me smile!
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kassia said 3089 days ago (January 10th, 2009)
oh
and i forgot to say that karen is the one who wrote the song notes - i was just the proofreader!
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SmokeyVW said 3089 days ago (January 10th, 2009)
new thoughts spring into mind today
a light breeze skating down my street
pushing along a few straggling leaves from last fall
the sun warming the pavement and our souls
the new leaves gently waving
celebrating
the cycle of life anew
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kassia said 3089 days ago (January 10th, 2009)
smokey
what beautiful imagery. this song to me speaks of hope - yes, the cycle of life anew. a lilting, dancing joy. celebrating for sure!
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timothy devine said 3089 days ago (January 11th, 2009)
Bravo
THis collab is a huge success for sure/you gave it such thought and care and it shows
what an incredible listen
you guys got me drawn in from beginning to end
the emotional release is just so powerful
the playing just drives on
the expertise is phenomenal
the build up just so moving that i got this stream of consciousness going on that is probably anoying you all
wonderful playing writing recording n mixing
i was upset as it ended
great great stuff
going back in
see ya
tm
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magnatone said 3089 days ago (January 11th, 2009)
Hi Tim
It was so much fun to read this comment! I pictured you typing while you were listening - lol - that's just great. So glad you enjoyed this enough to "go back in". We really appreciate your support!
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lavalamp said 3089 days ago (January 11th, 2009)
Uplifting
Glad you two joined forces. This is what this site's all about.

Hope this is just the beginning of your collab work.

Dave
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magnatone said 3088 days ago (January 11th, 2009)
LAVA!!
I hope it's just the beginning of collabs with shay too - this was way too much fun to not do again!
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guitapick said 3089 days ago (January 11th, 2009)
Wonderful...
...couldn't ask for more...full of so much joy and promise...g-r-e-a-t collaboration....without the description I'd have never thought there were any obstacles to overcome...the final product is as natural as breathing...
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magnatone said 3088 days ago (January 11th, 2009)
Thanks Bob!
coming from the guitar maestro himself, that means a lot! The obstacles were more psychological than anything else, as we realized that we approach most things from completely different angles. However, that's exactly what also made it so much fun to do - and encourages us to try it again sometime soon.
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michael2 said 3089 days ago (January 11th, 2009)
nicely done
this is really sweet. what a fearsome duo, the 2 piano wizards throw down for the whole world to step back and marvel. I like the nod to Pachelbel. I remember piano duets being on TV and stuff when I was a kid. One of my dreams is a house by the beach with a studio room that has 2 pianos facing each other (next to the window of course). this is really lovely, thanks for sharing.
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magnatone said 3088 days ago (January 11th, 2009)
Hi Michael
Thanks so much for taking the time to listen and comment. I remember those piano duets on TV, I can totally picture that. They'd be back to back, each playing really LONG grands, which would put them probably 18 or so feet apart, with the players facing each other. Two pianos in any room, is a really really good thing. Let us know if you get that studio set up!
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rsorensen said 3088 days ago (January 11th, 2009)
what a great idea
for you two to do a piano colab. and boy did it turn out great. beautiful song!
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kassia said 3088 days ago (January 11th, 2009)
ridd
Thanks! I honestly can't remember whose idea it was to do a collab, but we both got pretty excited about it and definitely had a blast doing it - so yes, an excellent idea! Thanks for stopping by for a listen. Glad you liked it!
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yrp said 3088 days ago (January 11th, 2009)
:-)
I am smiling and can´t comment until I stop :-)
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kassia said 3088 days ago (January 11th, 2009)
yrp
No more comment needed. :-) It makes me smile to know that the music touched you. Thank you.
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ted23 said 3088 days ago (January 12th, 2009)
Dreamily uplifting
This starts off very emotive and uplifting and just contiues to become even more so throughout the entire song.
Brilliant... Made my hairs stand on end
magnatone said 3088 days ago (January 12th, 2009)
Thanks Ted
We appreciate your time in listening and glad you found it uplifting to hear. Hope your hairs settle down!
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SISTERS said 3088 days ago (January 12th, 2009)
DELICIOUS & DELICATE
i was enchanted by the first measure's end. filigreed and flowing with a powerful delicacy.
i'm so glad the teeth cuttings could meet - it's a beautiful offering!
anne
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Xept!c said 3088 days ago (January 12th, 2009)
I don't know what to say...
Just wow, this is as good as it gets. I'm looking for words to express how beautiful this song is but I just can't. Thank you for uploading this, you just made my day.
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magnatone said 3088 days ago (January 12th, 2009)
SISTAHS!!
Could I BE more psyched to see the SISTERS avatar show up on this song?? I think NOT! Thanks Anne for taking the time to listen to our little duet in your first hour back at MJ. Welcome home

And Xept!c - so glad you enjoyed the listen enough to download - thanks!
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Fourth Window said 3088 days ago (January 12th, 2009)
this
is so dam peacfull i love the piano so much wish i could play one
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kassia said 3086 days ago (January 13th, 2009)
Fourth Window
Thanks for listening! It's never too late to learn!
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MotherofMeursault said 3087 days ago (January 12th, 2009)
MoM says
"Stop pounding!"


Very beautiful track. Bravo!
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magnatone said 3087 days ago (January 12th, 2009)
Thanks MoM!!
LOL LOL LOL - as you can see, "stop pounding" didn't really ever work!
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blaky smith said 3087 days ago (January 12th, 2009)
Four hands
Wow... What to add to all these comments !
Just to say I love it, magnificent work, perfectly played, really a pleasure to my ears.
Thanks to MJ that allows the talented musicians, which you are, to meet their talent and give us so pleasure and emotion... Bravo and thanks to both of you.
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kassia said 3086 days ago (January 13th, 2009)
blakey
Marc! Thank you so much for your great comment! I'm really glad you could stop by for a listen and that you enjoyed the song. I am also very grateful to MJ for introducing me to so many wonderful people and talented musicians. It's been a pleasure to work with Karen on this and we are hoping to do many more. Thanks!
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ktb said 3087 days ago (January 12th, 2009)
how cool is this!
My 1st reaction was hows this gonna work? Having read your description, all I can say is bravo! You can tell the care that went into this. Your individual piano parts compliment each other in a remarkable way. The orchestration the icing on the cake.
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kassia said 3086 days ago (January 13th, 2009)
ktb
Our first reaction was also how's this gonna work? I think we were probably still saying that even halfway through the process! So glad you feel like the collaboration was a success. We're really excited about how it turned out and we had a lot of fun, so the experience sure was worth all the hard work. Thanks for stopping by for a listen!
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jiguma said 3086 days ago (January 13th, 2009)
Its all been said!
:)
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magnatone said 3086 days ago (January 14th, 2009)
The Mark of Neil
NOW all has been said!
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damiengh said 3086 days ago (January 13th, 2009)
Beautifully realized
Amazed at the complexity involved in your collaboration process. Well, one can hear it was well worth the effort.

It's one of those tunes, where one is forced to pause what one is doing, because you are immediately zapped by it's entrancing beauty and feel the fun of the performance had by the pianists.

Thanks Joy bringers.
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kassia said 3085 days ago (January 14th, 2009)
damien
There was fun and joy. Thank you for pausing and letting that speak to you. This comment means so much coming from someone who is himself a Joy Bringer. Thank you for your kind words, all your support and your generous sense of humor.
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ziti said 3086 days ago (January 13th, 2009)
wonderful work
this is perfectly perfect and it sounds like you cats had a ball making it. Very nice orchestration as well...the music you are adding to the planet is like a big bag of sweets for the collective soul....just very inspiring...

well conceived, played and recorded....

deepest bows

z
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magnatone said 3086 days ago (January 14th, 2009)
King of Dukes
i'm not sure i've ever been referred to as a "cat". I'll take that as a high compliment. And thanks for the listen ziti!
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Diviner said 3086 days ago (January 14th, 2009)
What a lovely piece of music
I love Pachelbel' canon, beautiful piece of music. You have both certainly done well this track, its such an epic and what an epic. A delight to listen to such a beautiful piece of music. Well done, this is something to be proud of. 60 other people agree as well. :-)
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kassia said 3085 days ago (January 14th, 2009)
Keith
Thanks for stopping by for a listen and leaving such kind words. The Pachelbel canon is a beautiful piece, I agree. I'm really glad you like what we've done with it here.
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PocketaPocketa said 3086 days ago (January 14th, 2009)
I'm left
speechless
magnatone said 3085 days ago (January 14th, 2009)
speechless pockets
call 911!!! (thanks for the listen!)
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macoco said 3086 days ago (January 14th, 2009)
As an angel with one wing...
...you had to hug each other in order to fly.
This is a demonstration of love, knowledge, virtuosism and will; all turned into beauty.
Also de Description of the piece is really interesting: I love to know how two different minds get along to develope such an exquisite collaboration.
Congratulations, ladies: you are big musicians with an priviledged taste.

macoco.


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magnatone said 3085 days ago (January 14th, 2009)
macoco
thank you for this very sweet comment. It was a little like a three legged race in that we had to figure out how to coordinate our efforts in order to move forward. But the more we worked at it, the easier it got to get into the flow of working together. Thank you so much for taking the time to listen and comment - we both appreciate it!
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Heightened said 3085 days ago (January 14th, 2009)
Superb!
I haven't been around much but music like this is going to drag me back!
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magnatone said 3085 days ago (January 14th, 2009)
Joe!!!
Thanks for coming by! I hope SOMETHING will drag you back to MJ - we really miss your fabulous uploads here. I can also stand on my head! Ooh, I can juggle! What WILL it take?? Thanks for listening to our little duet - great to see you!
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kassia said 3085 days ago (January 14th, 2009)
Heightened
Hey! Great to see you back here! Thanks for stopping by for a listen. It was all a secret plot Karen and I had to lure you back to MJs. mwuuahahaha. lol...glad you enjoyed the piece. Thanks again for listening.
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leap4rog said 3085 days ago (January 15th, 2009)
thank you for the description
I appreciate the insights in to production, inspiration and the challenges of collaboration. This is a transcendent piece-- the best I've heard in my short time here so far.

I'd be tickled to have you listen to a piano loop I've fleshed out a bit: http://www.macjams.com/song/49490

Thank you for your song.
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kassia said 3085 days ago (January 15th, 2009)
leap4rog
Thanks for the wonderful comments and welcome to MacJams!!! We really appreciate you stopping by for a listen and leaving such kind words. I will definitely check out your piano piece when I get home from work tonight. And thanks for the little song-pimp in your song notes! Much appreciated - glad you enjoyed this collaboration.
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CraizeeMusic said 3084 days ago (January 15th, 2009)
Wonderful! Wonderful! Wonderful!
This is a great arrangement and creative masterpiece! Thanks for giving to us MJers another piece of mastery and bliss! Being a piano admirer myself, it is just fantastic!!!
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magnatone said 3084 days ago (January 16th, 2009)
Craizeeeeee!
Thanks for stopping by to hear our little duet-gone-wild. I think there may be more of these in the future - it was too fun to do!
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edpdx said 3084 days ago (January 15th, 2009)
Absolutely
amazing and wonderful piece. The challenges on working on a piece like this are huge, but you managed to do an expectational job.

edpdx
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magnatone said 3084 days ago (January 16th, 2009)
Thanks!
There were quite a number of challenges, and I probably played those up more than they really deserved, in the song notes. Mostly it flowed very well, and mostly we were on the same page about how to proceed. Well, except for anything having to do with the pedal, dissonance, syncopation, and other more abstract things like "feel" (lol). Fortunately, we both love the snare drum and timpani!
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ShadowofNine said 3084 days ago (January 15th, 2009)
OMG
Had to find a way to leave a comment, so I registered again (Gezz) As yu know I love this piece it has so much going for it, but most of all I love the fact that 2 of my favorite people collaborated on a piece, and that 2 of my favorite people have found friendship in music, that is most satisfying to me...Bless yu both for your talent and creativity, and most of all for your friendship..

Cheers
Dave
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magnatone said 3084 days ago (January 16th, 2009)
Sigh......Dave!
What a total thrill to see ShadowsOrcas show up on our song page, and to have you back at MJ! It is an honor to us both that you listened to our little duet and even liked it! We expect great things from you and look forward to having your sensational music within such easy reach again. Thanks for the nod - coming from the great Shadow, it means a lot! And, welcome back Dave!
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MarkHolbrook said 3082 days ago (January 18th, 2009)
This popped up in iTunes
this am and sent me to floor once again. I love the way the pianos pound ever so lightly as they tap out their melodies... Man oh man.... this is simply I think one of the total best pieces I have ever heard in all time!!!

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Roxylee said 3081 days ago (January 18th, 2009)
Whoa...
This is stunning... I finally got around to hearing it, and I'm so glad I did! This is amazing, Shay and Karen, just amazing. Reading the notes gives me a small idea of how much time and tweaking this has taken- a true labor of love. I'm looking forward to more of your collabs.
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Rebsie said 3081 days ago (January 19th, 2009)
Beautiful work
Sorry I'm late here ... trying to catch up after being away from MJ for a while.

This is really fine work. It's also interesting to read about how you did the collaboration ... working together right through the whole thing rather than one person baking the musical cake and the other adding the icing, so to speak. That's the way I like to work too because it's where the best creativity comes from, but finding someone you can get that kind of musical empathy with is not easy ... you've shown how beautiful it sounds when it does work!

Very well done m'ladies.
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Drew Kopr said 3080 days ago (January 19th, 2009)
Holy *(&*&^
This is glorious writing and playing. Extremely well written, played, produced, and executed. Wonderful.
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composerclark said 3080 days ago (January 20th, 2009)
Where's the angst? ;-)
Wow, this just exudes good feeling! One listen and I'm beaming like the sun... or like... Antares, which I believe is MUCH bigger than our sun, or perhaps even like Canis Majoris, which they tell me is the biggest star there is. I know I just digressed big time there, but my point is that is very fine music that is filled with joy and therefore makes a person feel good, and that's a wonderful thing!
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VicDiesel said 3075 days ago (January 24th, 2009)
Yes, I was thinking....
where have I heard those chords before.

Always a joy to hear, eh, 176 ivories so expertly tickled. Great piece.


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paul f. page said 3075 days ago (January 25th, 2009)
Piano Duo
Shay,
Well, I have been a little out of it with writing comments and listening at MJ for about a month... I HAD listened to your piano duo about 4 weeks ago, but just never got around to sending a comment. And now I have virtually nothing new to say since you have already gotten such a wonderful and well-deserved response. I was, though, delightfully surprised at the Pachebel nod about 1/2 way through. I play that song so often at weddings that it is just a big old cliche to me, but in your hands (and Karen's), it was surprisingly pleasant and fresh. Years ago I did duo piano concerts with a friend and have often longed for the days of such collaboration. (It's not the same when I play against myself in the digital world.) Thank you for this collaboration. What a gift you two give to the world with your music making.
Peace.
Paul
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Einarus said 3071 days ago (January 29th, 2009)
Beautiful
Truly beautiful piano work here and I really like the orchestration!
I did hear one thing I feel I should mention - I thought the timpani crescendo with the sweeping cymbal in the last part (on 3:09 and 3:23), was maybe a bit too much. I thought it created a too large of a contrast to the solo piano.

But hey - that's just me!

That doesn't take anything away from the optimism and happiness this piece gives the listener.
There just not possible to be in a bad mood after hearing this. Honestly.

Beautiful work!

-Einar S.
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neil ice said 3058 days ago (February 11th, 2009)
Wow!
I have always returned to England from past trips to the States with music by George Winston, Jim Brickman, William Ackerman ...

I think maybe I have just listened to the next piano players to look out for - made even better by your duet and orchestration.

More please.
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haribo said 3056 days ago (February 13th, 2009)
wonderful
it's wonderful to witness how the three spirits of expression inspire, compliment each other and blend so well. charged with ever so positive nurturing energy. thanks for creating & sharing this ethereal piece of work.
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Doug Somers said 3054 days ago (February 14th, 2009)
What to say?
You ladies are awesome! Brilliant, energetic, light, flowing and ALIVE!! This is a treat for the spirit.

Many thanks!!

Doug
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Rayelise said 3021 days ago (March 19th, 2009)
Wow
This is a beautiful piece. I like your picture also of the four hands.
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blindsidedpoets said 3021 days ago (March 20th, 2009)
Not Right
That can't be 2 people, too good, too flowing. Very nice!
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Ren-Tin-10 said 2999 days ago (April 10th, 2009)
Yo Quiero Pachelbel
I love it!

Fav'd.

Cheers,
Jim
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Boundless said 2983 days ago (April 26th, 2009)
Beautiful
Creative and lush arrangement
of a timeless theme.

Thanks !
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JustinWebbAcoustic said 2966 days ago (May 14th, 2009)
This is...
...absolutely astounding. I've listened to it non-stop for about two hours, and it never gets old.

It actually inspired me to write a poem, and I thought that you might like to read it. Here's the link: http://osiristhrasher06.deviantart.com/art/Said-Sirius-to-the-Sun-122461563

i'm in love with this piece. great work you two. :)
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Patriotpizzaman said 2962 days ago (May 17th, 2009)
U 2
R Gr8!
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Schello said 2947 days ago (June 2nd, 2009)
Awwww
sono qui che ascolto, ascolto e ancora ascolto...
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crissew said 2890 days ago (July 29th, 2009)
Beautifully Layered
The ebb and flow and layering of this beauty rolls in like waves on a sunny beach. A hint of sadness and joy simultaneously. The best instrumental I have heard on MJ.
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BossHook said 2875 days ago (August 13th, 2009)
This
soars and I like the familiar classical motifs you expound on.
smh said 2823 days ago (October 4th, 2009)
Outstanding!!!
The way both pianos are so seemlessly intertwined...
Thanks for the sharing.
axljfoley said 2807 days ago (October 20th, 2009)
This
is classic

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PatriciaGirl said 2763 days ago (December 3rd, 2009)
enchanting
I am in awe of your talent. Very inspiring. Patty
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TobinMueller said 2722 days ago (January 13th, 2010)
Fantasy on PB
What a great paring you two make. This is a marvelous collab. You both have such a sense of balance, of slow build, of melodic stability. The piece grows into a soaring New Age journey. Very nice.
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shavingronaldscar said 2631 days ago (April 14th, 2010)
Great!
Nice collab, lovely blend of styles and compositional methods.
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Monkaton said 2513 days ago (August 10th, 2010)
Paco Bell and the Dos Pianos
Very nicely done. Great sound on the recording and excellent performance.
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Carrie71 said 2466 days ago (September 25th, 2010)
Beautiful
I could sit and listen to this all day long. Very beautiful piece!
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