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This piece was started as a Christmas gift for my parents last fall. Unfortunately, I was not able to complete it in time for the holidays but I did keep at it between work and studies. The general inspiration is the setting of Robert Frost's poem "Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening" although I'm not trying to create a soundtrack for the events but rather just set the scene and the emotion of the quiet time in contemplation of the evening setting. The style is somewhere between easy listening and modern classical.

I was able to give my parents a CD with an earlier version of this song when I went to visit them a couple of weeks ago so at least they got a present!! However I was not happy with many parts of the piece and so I asked Paul F. Page if he wouldn't mind giving some feedback on his impressions. He very kindly agreed and he provided a large number of insightful impressions and suggestions over a couple of versions of the piece.

I am finding that these pieces are harder and harder to produce and that I am going back to theory and orchestration sources more often to get the effects I want to convey. On the other hand, since I don't have to produce music for television or movies I don't really have too many deadlines (other than Christmas I guess!!)

I *think* this is finished enough to post now. In reality, tomorrow when I have another listen there will be several things that pop up which I would like to change. It always seems to happen.

Any comments, detailed or general, supportive or critical are appreciated.

This piece is dedicated to my parents for introducing me to recorded and live music at such a young age and in encouraging me to enter the school music program - not to mention the ton of parenting they've done over the years to help me grow as a person.

This piece is also dedicated to Paul who has been so very supportive in my musical growth, not just in helping polish this piece but all through my MacJams journey.

I hope you enjoy a wintry tune even though it's technically Spring.

Doug
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Lyrics
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening By Robert Frost

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
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Comments
Vic Holman said 1091 days ago (March 30th, 2014)
Snowy Evening
beautiful piece Doug. very well thought out composition and has a very nice peaceful feel.
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Doug Somers said 1091 days ago (March 30th, 2014)
Thanks Vic
I don't know what it's like where you are but here - where last year it was spring-like and dry - we had yet another snow storm over night. Not quite polar vortex territory but sheesh, is't it time for some buds on the trees, grass starting to get green and all that rather than yet another blanket of the white stuff.

I guess they don't call it the Great White North for nothing.

Thanks for the comments! Be well.
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Bowman said 1091 days ago (March 30th, 2014)
A lovely
and unhurried piece filled with beautiful details and touches throughout. The plucky ostinato was a good foundation to hold this together.

Your transition from about 2:00 to 2:30 felt a little unfocused but then you went to a beautiful - was it a clarinet - solo soon augmented by bassoon and strings coming to a sweet and wonderful statement just before 4 minutes. I actually enjoyed the recapitulation of you themes even more the second time from 4 minutes on. They seemed more assured to me.

A few nits with the sound quality. I'm guessing this is your eastwest orchestra which for some reason sounds a bit raw especially in the winds and horns. A bit pitchy as well. I was hearing too much tremolo throughout.
Still a treat to hear a new and fine piece from you Doug.
Cheers,
Charlie

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Doug Somers said 1090 days ago (March 31st, 2014)
Unhurried
Hi Charlie - thanks for the comments and a careful listen. The mid section (with the woodwinds - clarinet, yes, and bassoon, cor anglais etc. needed a bridge to it which both let things get quiet and modulated. At one point I was thinking of using the mid-section somewhere else since it is a different style and expresses different ideas. However I chose to try to meld it in and maybe in the melding the transition sounded a little lost.

The more assured recap was to allow for a little build on the first part, adding warmth and familiarity over the first introduction to the quietly falling flakes at the beginning. Glad you liked that.

The rawness in the sound is from the samples I think. I didn't process them although I did so a lot of work to reduce the vibrato in many instruments like the flute. The gypsy lead violin I left the vibrato in intentionally to get that really romantic, playing at your dinner table kind of sound. As for pitches being off, I don't know how to fix that on a note by note basis so I went with the samples as shipped.

I found that with this piece I could have tweaked so many parameters that I was starting to go a little batty (or battier??) so I decided to print it and live with the consequences - for now. If I come back to it I have the start of a work list.

I'm finding that the more nuanced the performance the more difficult it is to get it from the samples. Not that they don't do a brilliant job, of course, since it's pretty hard for the vendors to anticipate all the ways that composers will use the sounds. Of course if any orchestras feel up to a performance I could record….

Many thanks Charlie for your insights. I hope you're working on something which we can hear soon too.

Be well,
Doug

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Narad said 1091 days ago (March 31st, 2014)
Snowy Evening
Lovely, tender and solemn ! Beautifully done ! :)
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Doug Somers said 1090 days ago (March 31st, 2014)
Thanks Harald
There is a certain dignity and calm to the forest, all the more so when it is quiet at the end of a day.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts and for such complimentary words.

Doug
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Ex_Silentio said 1090 days ago (March 31st, 2014)
Winter music
Love it. What a beautiful gift. Superb choice of theme. Only an expert with your finely tuned ear would find any flaw here. Sounds perfect to me.
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Doug Somers said 1090 days ago (March 31st, 2014)
Winter Music
It's very kind of you to say so Ex. I'm thinking that it's going to be time this year for something ambient again in the list of pieces to work on. I still have another two or three at various stages of completion but then they have been bumped when other inspiration comes along.

Thanks again for your support. I hope to hear some new music from you in the near future.
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sammydix said 1090 days ago (March 31st, 2014)
i felt
this captured the feel you were aiming for. i believe even if i'd not read your song info, i would have gotten a wintry, Christmas-y mood from the composition. only thing i missed was 'more cellos'--i have this thing for cellos when i listen to orchestrated pieces. don't know what it is about that instrument, but i love it.
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Doug Somers said 1089 days ago (April 1st, 2014)
Ahhh, the cellos (celli??)
More cellos is always nice since they add warmth to almost anything as well as being so deep emotionally in their sound. I like them a lot too. There are cellos here, both in low registers as well as high, but they aren't featured carrying the melody because I felt that they would be too heavy a sound to convey snowflakes. I did use the high register for a kind of pad accompaniment (you may have thought they were violins or violas, but not all of those higher string sounds were from those instruments).

Anyway, glad you got the wintry feeling and that you thought this piece hit the mark.

Now if you had said you thought the piece needed more cowbell, we might have a different conversation :)

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paul f. page said 1090 days ago (March 31st, 2014)
Lucky me!
I heard several iterations of this romantic scene before hearing this final post. Each one had its own unique and very special characteristics. This final version is a product of such care, and that is so evident in the shading, the choice of instruments in the orchestration, the quiet but determined pacing. Plug-ins are plug-ins...can't ever be perfect, but you come about as close as anyone in making that happen, Doug. This is a beautiful work, period, and I am a better person for having heard it.
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Doug Somers said 1089 days ago (April 1st, 2014)
Shading
I suppose one could spend a long time learning about orchestration in terms of colour, texture and shading and as much as anything this endeavour has been an exercise in that direction as much as an expression of a time and place. For me, the exploration is a lot of fun. Again, let me say that your help here was most graciously provided and proved to be so very artistically insightful. More than that though, you could give classes in how to provide constructive and encouraging feedback.

To a classy guy and a friend, thank you for patiently eliciting the refinement of this music.
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davajonah said 1090 days ago (April 1st, 2014)
Terrific
Beautiful piece that will sound good at any time of the year! Sucker for bell sounds me, plenty in here. Really well mixed too. The instrumentation is crystal clear. You've done a masterly job with the plug-ins, yes, but I'd like to hear this live. Nothing is quite the same, orchestral wise, I think. As Paul said, 'plug-ins are plug-ins' and I agree with him in that you've come close to making this perfect.

It's a lovely composition that deserves a full orchestra, of that I'm certain. How good would that be? Nice one!

I've taken a copy, thanks.
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Doug Somers said 1089 days ago (April 1st, 2014)
The bells, the bells!!!
Something about light and tinkly sounds that remind me of ice and snow. I imagine if you ever did a synth version of this tune you could have a field day with your electronic arsenal enhancing not just the bells but the lead and backing tracks (and you would be a good choice too since you have wonderful sensitivities in that department as evidenced by your re-imaginings of classical pieces).

The best compliment is that you made a copy and I hope you have a chance to hear it some winter evening in future.

Cheers Dave. Let me know if you find a willing orchestra.
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Garni said 1090 days ago (April 1st, 2014)
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
Such a beautiful piece with good intentions too.
Gosh this is good!

G-)
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Doug Somers said 1089 days ago (April 1st, 2014)
intentions
This is probably about as far from your last two collabs as one could get - I'm often surprised that there is such broad tastes in the MJ community to have a listen to other styles let alone leave supportive comments. I appreciate your words kind words Gerald. Many thanks.
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Henke said 1089 days ago (April 1st, 2014)
What a treat
This is excellent - just needed to hear it a couple of times before commenting...

I am no expert like Charlie and Paul et al so can't really comment on the theoretical or technical aspects other than that I only hear perfection here. I think it's a bit interesting that you've called this easy listening though. Is that what it is? I thought maybe classical, but at the same time I can hear this being played in a musical or cinematic version of Stopping by Woods... For that purpose I think the music fits very well, even if I personally don't get the cold, dark, lonely, snowy feeling of that setting from this warm enveloping music...

I remember this poem was in the reading list when I studied English (or American in this case) literature, and I have always enjoyed it since. Now I have an equally enjoyable piece of music to go with it. Thanks for that and for the download.

Take care,
Henke

P.S. Sorry to hear about the snow storm the other day. We had a few flakes coming down today, but nothing stayed on the ground. Most spring flowers are already blossoming, almost a month early. I guess April weather will follow, if you know what I mean...
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Doug Somers said 1089 days ago (April 1st, 2014)
Easy Listening
Henrik, thanks for having not one but a couple of listens! I do that often too since one pass is never quite enough sometimes to really get the depth of what an artist has produced.

I put this in Easy Listening for two reasons. I call it Modern Classical in my iTunes Genre definition but there isn't that genre on MJ so I went with Easy Listening. The other reason for Easy Listening is that the lush style of this piece is somewhat modelled on childhood memories of the kinds of music I heard on my parents' easy listening radio station, at least in the opening and closing sections.

I'm jealous that you have flowers up already (you are much further north than I am my friend). Last year at this time I think we did too, but not this year. Still the temperature is at least above freezing during the day this week and the sunshine is welcome.

Your kind thoughts and support are always welcome sir. Be well Henrik, and write something soon. Musically, I mean.
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Reinholt56 said 1089 days ago (April 1st, 2014)
Hi Doug....
This is another beautiful arrangement and recording. For me the theme was 'promise of things to come' and so was not too wintery in my minds eye/ear.

It's also good to read that Paul helped in the process. A gentleman, scholar, fine musician and composer in his own right.

I've downloaded a copy to listen to when I'm away from my Interweb link.

Take care.

Paul
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Doug Somers said 1089 days ago (April 1st, 2014)
Promise of things to come
Like you remarked with things I heard in your music that was different than intended, I'll go back and have a listen for that too. I really wanted the emotions that the visitor to the woods experiences to be different for each listening, especially in the interpretation of the middle section which I think is the most introspective.

It's nice to hear that you've taken a copy. Now I'm off to catch up on some of your work of late.

Cheers Paul.
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Charday said 1089 days ago (April 1st, 2014)
Hello Doug
Very nice, excellent recording of a very enjoyable relaxing gem! Jd.
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Doug Somers said 1088 days ago (April 2nd, 2014)
Relaxing
Maybe this tune is a good break from your sessions getting Heartache polished from demo to released. Glad you came by for a listen and that it worked for you. Take care.
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rok41 said 1088 days ago (April 2nd, 2014)
Snowy Evening
It's always amazing to me how much thought goes into a piece like this. This is artistically and dynamically beautiful. You have really created a wonderful composition. Paul is a great reference, and just a good dude. Very, very nice Doug.
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Doug Somers said 1088 days ago (April 2nd, 2014)
Thanks Chris
So glad you liked this one man. I am humbled by the high calibre talent that's in this community that finds something in my music.

As to the thought that goes into it, it's probably no more than what you put into Have it All, other than since I don't perform any instrument live I don't get the benefit of using intuition about how loud or soft to hit a note, or how to delay its timing and stuff like that. So for me, since I'm a person who tends to get focussed on one thing at a time, I end up working something like this for months in the time I set aside for music (which is why I don't always listen to things on MJ regularly). Oh, and I took a music course in the last couple of months too that ate into the time.

Thanks again Chris, I'm glad to hear your supportive thoughts!
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magnatone said 1088 days ago (April 2nd, 2014)
Stopping By Woods
this is truly beautiful
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Doug Somers said 1088 days ago (April 2nd, 2014)
To the point
In the less is more category, your comments mean a lot. Thanks for the kind words Karen.
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Parichayaka said 1088 days ago (April 2nd, 2014)
Dreamy, calm
What a wonderful piece of music. You've really put a lot of work into this and it shows. The ideas are developed very well and the flow of the entire piece is excellent. The orchestration and mix sound great too. Even the solo violin accents work, which isn't so easy with midi.

Great achievement, Doug. Really inspiring! And impressive too.
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Doug Somers said 1088 days ago (April 2nd, 2014)
Solo violin
First, thanks for the generous remarks Mr. P. You are really very kind. As to the violin, it is from a package from East West called Gypsy and it has some lovely articulations that can be tweaked to give a pretty fine performance (as long as you like the general Gypsy style).

I'll say too that you are an artist here who sets a high standard that really helps inspire us all to put in the effort to do our best work.

Thanks again Pari! Be well.
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bud said 1088 days ago (April 2nd, 2014)
Wow - this is really lush
and evocative. Your folks must be thrilled. Really captures the feeling of winter with it's crispness and clarity.

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Doug Somers said 1085 days ago (April 5th, 2014)
Lush
Yes, that was the texture I was going after - the kind of sweet backing strings in close harmony arrangement that was prevalent on the easy listening stations of the early to mid 70s. This was clearly an influence, where my parents were the ones listening to those stations, that still got into my grey matter as well as the pop and rock of the era.

Thanks for your very nice comment Kevin - and yes, I think my folks did like the piece.

All the best!
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Daugrin said 1088 days ago (April 3rd, 2014)
Wonderful Adventure
Gorgeous. Thank you for sharing. Suggestive of a snowy late afternoon indeed.
Reflective and evocative... the writing is comfortably in the tradition.
Perhaps some dynamics tweaks, cos I gotta nit... It is loud enough to hear the samples and I appreciate that quality.

Daug

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Doug Somers said 1085 days ago (April 5th, 2014)
All nits welcome
It's interesting your comment about dynamics since a) I agree and b) I recall talking to a group of local composers I meet with occasionally who do not do mock-ups beyond what Sybelius provides. They feel that once the hard work of composing and orchestrating is done and engraved then it's up to the performers - which is all well and good if you can find someone to perform the piece. I sit between a kind of jealousy that they don't have to go through the effort to produce the music into an audio track and a satisfaction that I can work up a reasonable performance by the 'Ottawa Synthomy Orchestra' and get to hear what I've written within my lifetime.

I'm glad that the imagery worked for you Daug, and appreciate your listening and leaving such encouraging words. Thanks!


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jgurner said 1087 days ago (April 3rd, 2014)
This is wonderful!
The entire time I was listening, I kept thinking how much I would love to be part of a concert band playing an arrangement of this. It's very lovely and expressive.

It's also quite fitting for the poem. I was working with the young 'un not too terribly long ago as she was studying this one for her English class. This really does have the right "feel" for the words that inspired it.

Thanks for sharing this.
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Doug Somers said 1085 days ago (April 5th, 2014)
Expressive
Joe, you're very kind. It would be kind of fun to play - strangely enough I never thought of that. But then the only instrument I wrote in here that I could play is the trumpet, and the part is (admittedly) a very short appearance. Lots of head nodding as the trumpet players count in :) I actually thought that the trumpet sound was too bright for the setting and so I used them sparingly.

It's nice to know that young folk are still learning this poem. The simplicity gives the imagination room to fill the space.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts and support Joe. Be well.
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grah3am said 1087 days ago (April 3rd, 2014)
Yes
Do you know why Robert Frost repeated the last line? (Pause for thought.) Give up? It was because he couldn't think of another line. That is all. Composers and poets, take heart. And thank you, Doug.
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Doug Somers said 1085 days ago (April 5th, 2014)
Repeated the last line
No, I didn't know why he repeated the last line. No, I didn't know why he repeated the last line.

Well that gives me some hope that I can be ever more generous in my use of cut and paste in Logic :)

Cheers Graham. Thanks for having a listen and leaving me with a newfound fact about artistry.
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Philip18 said 1086 days ago (April 5th, 2014)
Stopping by woods
I like the development in this - each element or instrument that you add, each direction you take, complements what is there. The composition has a beautiful warmth to it.
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Doug Somers said 1085 days ago (April 5th, 2014)
Warmth
It occurs to me now that I could have used a guitar to take some of the 4 bar lead phrases. OK, next time.

The other thing I've been trying to do more is to stop being so lazy about the instrumental selection and mix things up a bit either between phrases or within a phrase. This all takes more time and effort, but I'm glad to hear that you think the choices were complimentary.

It's great to hear from you Philip. Thanks for the kind words.


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egobandit said 1085 days ago (April 5th, 2014)
very involved
so much so that I get lost in the violins while that warm thump of the bass guides me through beautiful!
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Doug Somers said 1084 days ago (April 6th, 2014)
Guided by the bass
Thanks man, your comment reads like a great lyric. Much appreciated and thanks for making the time for a listen.
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J.A.Stewart said 1084 days ago (April 6th, 2014)
Gift of The Musical Magi(cian)
What a beautiful composition and what a beautiful gift to your parents. I'm guessing they swelled with pride upon hearing this — even in an earlier incarnation.

Thank you for sharing it with us. ;)

--- Joe
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Doug Somers said 1070 days ago (April 20th, 2014)
Pride
Many thanks for your kind words Joe. I believe my folks did like this piece. There' another one in the hopper for my Dad's birthday too (another Dad's March for 2014).

Thanks for having a listen and leaving such supportive comments sir. Be well!
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smokey bacon jnr said 1082 days ago (April 8th, 2014)
transcendent
Lovely bit of orchestration. Really enjoyed that. My only criticism would be that the flute sounds a bit "hot" and producing some clipping maybe. other than that - wonderland! I particularly like the skipping bass notes.
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Doug Somers said 1068 days ago (April 22nd, 2014)
Thanks Pete
Glad that this one worked for you. It's not the typical kind of post here at MJ and I'm really chuffed that so many like you have taken a listen.

I plan to re-engineer this piece with a new oboe and possibly a new set of flute samples and so will see what I can do to tame things a bit with the flute. Thanks for the honest and detailed feedback. It really helps.

Cheers Pete.
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Sigmund said 1081 days ago (April 9th, 2014)
Stopping by Woods
First, Doug, can I say you must've really captivated Franciscus Henri lol - but I think you deserve that kind of attention with a piece like this. So well thought out and man what a lot work it is, to pay so much attention to all the subtle details that separate an exceptional work like this from others. The dynamic swells and changes are fantastic. I really like the change at 2:00, and the way you wind down the ending is beautiful. And finally, your ability to move the spotlight from one instrument to another throughout this piece is really impressive. I really enjoyed this - congrats on a excellent work that you, as well as your parents, can and should be quite proud of!
Sig
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Doug Somers said 1068 days ago (April 22nd, 2014)
You're very kind Sig
Yes, Franciscus was a fan for sure, although it seems that the bug (?) that generated 10 or more fans has now been fixed and one rightfully remains.

I do find that this kind of music is getting slower and slower to produce - and not just because I'm getting older either :) As you say there are a lot of details, but then when you play there are probably as many artistic decisions that are made so I don't quite know why. In any case, I'm glad to have this one in the can - even though I have plans for some sample improvement.

Many thanks for your support and sharing your thoughts. It is very encouraging and inspiring for me in terms of new creativity. And I hope to hear a new piece from you in the near future. Your music is always a treat to experience.
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FEEL said 1081 days ago (April 9th, 2014)
Nice!
Has that holiday feel to it. Fine song to sit back and listen too.
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Doug Somers said 1068 days ago (April 22nd, 2014)
Holiday feel
Thanks John. I find the holidays are a time for reflection as well and I tried to leave some room here to mirror the poet's thoughts about their view of the woods and what was happening in their own life at the time. Glad you liked this and thanks for sharing your thoughts.


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VicDiesel said 1077 days ago (April 13th, 2014)
Ooooh lovely!
What a fantastically peaceful piece of music. Really nice.
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Doug Somers said 1068 days ago (April 22nd, 2014)
Peaceful
That was an aim of the ambiance for sure. Your words are very kind Vic - thanks so much for having a listen.
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PeterB7858 said 1073 days ago (April 18th, 2014)
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
Late to the party but it is still in full swing, Doug. Others, far more qualified, have provided detailed feedback and praise. All I will say is, as a package, it evokes the theme wonderfully well and I enjoyed my sojourn in the snow immensely. Much kudos. Thanks, Peter.
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Doug Somers said 1068 days ago (April 22nd, 2014)
Sojourn in the Snow
A little cold for Oz perhaps but if it evokes the atmosphere without having to don a coat or a jumper then I've done my job. Thanks Peter, you feedback is always qualified and welcome!

Cheers.
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TobinMueller said 1068 days ago (April 23rd, 2014)
Perfect pacing
I love the perfect balance of tempo, melody, simplicity, and honesty. Using Frost's poetry adds another layer. Timeless and internally quiet. Thanks for sharing this.
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Doug Somers said 1067 days ago (April 23rd, 2014)
Balance
That seems to be a common theme of creative pursuits - how far from the centre of 'constancy' can you go in enough directions that the whole work has a cohesive quality and yet offers surprise and maybe a field for insights. I've not written to poetry before but it did inspire me and gives that extra something in the final result. Thanks for the very kind words Tobin. Glad you liked it.
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Soundhound said 1040 days ago (May 21st, 2014)
Not all of this...
Kind of stuff is my cup of tea...
But this has a very nice emotional feeling to it, peaceful
Fresh Warmth...A fireplace kinda moment that's about
what you want and evoking moment...
Think you've done that with this track...

Very Nicely Done....
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Doug Somers said 562 days ago (September 10th, 2015)
I agree
that styles like this one can be outside of many people's comfort zone. I thought that it would be fun to give it a try, and I appreciate lending your ears as well as the gracious comments you left.

Take care,
Doug
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thetiler said 1026 days ago (June 3rd, 2014)
I enjoy the christmas feel to this
but also the drama to this is quite striking. Especially when it gets into about 1 minute. Like a Hallmark movie, it really seems to have that feel.
Wonderfully done! Indeed!
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Doug Somers said 562 days ago (September 10th, 2015)
Hallmark movie
It does have that Quality Bill. I suppose it could be a backing to a show ( or at least the first part of the tune anyway). Thanks for the generous remarks my friend. I'm so glad you liked it.

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jazzman1 said 725 days ago (March 31st, 2015)
Simply Gorgeous!!!!!!!!
Hi Doug, This piece left me breathless and is such a beautiful piece to dedicate to your parents. You are a very gifted songwriter/arranger. Thank you for sharing your music with us. I need to find more time to get on here and listen to more of your music. Namaste',Dale
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Doug Somers said 562 days ago (September 10th, 2015)
Late
I know I'm really late to the party but sadly I can't get your latest (with all my heart) to play for me on my computer. I'm sure it is full of sunshine and easy breezes which tug on the heart strings.

Thanks for the kind words Dale. It means a lot.

Peace.
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Name: Doug Somers
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I make music for pleasure, usually using a computer to create soundscapes around all kinds of music. I used to jam with a local celtic group, playing bodhran and 12 string guitar, but I find that my technical and live performance skills fall short o... [see more]

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