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Celtic Suite


Warren Smith

 Genre: Celtic

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While recently traveling on holiday in Ireland, I made note of 14 melodies that came to me. Ten of those tunes have been strung together to comprise the "Celtic Suite."

The original idea was to develop each melody using the traditional Irish instruments available in GarageBand, as if various musicians were showing up to join in a session. That conception, however, disappeared almost immediately when I played piano instead of harp on the first tune. Oops! After that, each melody went its own way - sometimes with a nod to the traditional, sometimes not.

The goal here was taking the raw melodies and formalizing them - yet trying to keep the presentation informal (if that makes any sense).

The title drawing, "Three Musicians," was made in a pub in Killarney.
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Uploaded: Jun 04, 2008 - 08:40:00 PM
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Feter said 4098 days ago (June 5th, 2008)
Celtic Suite
I think it was in the air ..and the feel you just
absorb the whole scene of the place and people ...
and its very nice you express yourself with that so
wonderfully ...I m enjoyin listenin to them thnx alot
for sharin !!!
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Warren Smith said 4090 days ago (June 12th, 2008)
Something in the air
Rain, snow, sleet, wind, sunshine and rainbows ... the air kept changing hourly during the trip ... which added drama to the landscapes. Hopefully some of that atmospheric variegation made it into the suite. Thanks for commenting.
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Macaudion said 4094 days ago (June 8th, 2008)
Obviously, you had you're rose colored glasses with you in those far off lands... I like the sense of playfulness that's always present in your compositions.

These melodies that came to you, did they come by way of imagination or, did they come by way of pieces/parts of things that you heard while in Irland. Maybe not an answer that you can fully have, I would imagine.

A question out of nowhere - how is it that some folks can hear and retrieve melodies out of nowhere and others, perhaps, like me, can seem to hear and grab without effort, all things rhythm...

Anyhoo... That was almost twelve minutes of fun! I don't know how to know why it all made perfect sense, but it did! Thanks for sharing this, Warren.
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Warren Smith said 4090 days ago (June 12th, 2008)
Where do they come from?
I used to force rhythms and melodies out of my guitar by beating on it. Now, most ideas seem to come when I'm out walking. On occasion I will wake up from a dream with a song in my head. How they originate is difficult to say. Some seem to come from within ... and others are definitely a response to something from without ... which could vary from a birdsong ... to a snatch of music ... to a mechanical noise.

Thanks for listening and commenting.
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said 4093 days ago (June 9th, 2008)
Pub licks
The suite feels folksy and free-spirited. Definitely has those Warren Smith touches of whimsy and high-stepping. Could use some 3/4 (waltz) signatures to give it that Irish-Celtic lilt and lift.
Warren Smith said 4090 days ago (June 12th, 2008)
Travel mode ...
I might have to make that my next effort - "Waltzing through Ireland" : >

Thanks for the visit.
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ledebutant said 4093 days ago (June 9th, 2008)
Very Nice
What a great way to commemorate your trip, Warren. I've never thought of doing that and maybe I will, now. I'm always in awe of people who just pull melodies out of the air...and not only that, remember them, as well.

Overall, this is very cohesive, even with all the different styles of instrumentation, especially the different types of drums. I think the element that holds it together is its essential "Warreness". I can feel the artist under the music, which is very cool. I like that sense of connection with a person when I listen, which is often harder to get with instrumentals.

I hope you had a great time on the trip.
Warren Smith said 4090 days ago (June 12th, 2008)
Memory lapse
The only way I can hang onto a melody is to make a recording of it on the spot ... otherwise, in a moment, it will be gone like the wind.

I used to do this with an iPod, whistling the tune into a small attached microphone, and then transferring those notes into iTunes. When my computer and iPod quit talking to each other I was forced to develop an alternative method. Now I use the video feature on a digital still camera, making a short movie of me whistling the melody as I'm walking along or standing somewhere. That gets transferred into iPhoto, where a double-click will launch QuickTime, and I can review the recorded melody there.

This method is both better and worse. Better - because I see the place where I was when the melody arrived, which gives it a context. Worse - because I end up with a lot of dorky-looking video of me whistling into the camera : >

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said 4091 days ago (June 11th, 2008)
Celtic Suite
Wow you are sooo clever brilliant music really cool.
Thanks for sharing. Will download and listen more cheers.

Peace Dee.
Warren Smith said 4078 days ago (June 24th, 2008)
Celtic suite
Thanks for taking time off of your own busy masic-making program to listen and comment on mine.
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thetiler said 4082 days ago (June 20th, 2008)
concept Warren.

Enjoyed hearing various sounds of celtic origin and how you come up with various ideas and built upon them.

Can't travel now, too many bills to pay, but it is great to travel through other people's music like yours.

Thanks for sharing!
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Warren Smith said 4078 days ago (June 24th, 2008)
With the current value of the dollar in the toilet, it wasn't an auspicious time for international travel and exchanging $s for euros (Ireland) or pounds (Northern Ireland). By the time we were through, the vacation cost about double from what we had budgeted : (

That said, it was a wonderful trip ... and hopefully this music represents the richness of the experience : )
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Char said 4082 days ago (June 20th, 2008)
Loved it.
Dorky looking or not, that is a great way to capture something as intimate and insubstantial as air which comes and goes, you know not where. You are a fine musician. And, what a surprise. Most grateful I am.
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Warren Smith said 4078 days ago (June 24th, 2008)
nice comment
Thanks for the nice comments ... and I hope you will post something of your own one of these days, so I can return the favor.
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tmcfate said 4080 days ago (June 22nd, 2008)
walk the walk
the music holds together really well and the fact that the weather changed is of note because i felt that before reading what you said. i laugh at the sillyness of the playfull banjo and strings. i would love to hear this with out the drum tracks, because i feel them driving the bus too much. not that i dont like them , but near the end of the track they seem to be mixed back and they seem to be better places at that point ( i am writing as i listen)
the style of your writing is something a always look forward to.
the drawing in really interesting.
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Warren Smith said 4071 days ago (July 1st, 2008)
Who's driving the bus? Always a good question. I like to think there are several different drivers trading off over the course of this collective suite, but for the most part it is the drums that are setting the pace, and I can see what you are suggesting - that there is a danger of letting them have too much control over the steering wheel.

I'd hate to have to take away their license to drive : >

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DWL said 4067 days ago (July 6th, 2008)
Quite an undertaking Warren
Some very Irish tunes in there and interesting instrumentation.

A lot of work.

Thanks for sharing it with us.



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Warren Smith said 4062 days ago (July 10th, 2008)
There was really only one section that felt like it was a lot of work ... and it never did come together with any sense of satisfaction. But most of the pieces flowed out of my head smoothly (for better or worse) ... and that made it seem like fun rather than work : >

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