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Dance Of The Prairie Wind


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kassia

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Fasten your seatbelts folks!

I’m going to tell you 3 things about me:
1. I love Aaron Copland’s music.
2. I love the wind that dances across the prairie.
3. I love Mary Oliver’s poetry.

This song was inspired by all three of these things. It’s a little tune I’ve been playing around with on the piano for about 15 years now, but could never get it to actually go anywhere. I finally decided it was time to try orchestrating it. From the moment I wrote this it has been titled “Tidal” because the repetitive movement of the piece always reminded me of the constant pounding of waves against the shore.

BUT

I grew up in the middle of North Dakota, about as far from an ocean as it is physically possible to be on this planet.

I was, however, surrounded by seas of tall green grasses and bold yellow sunflowers. And the ever-present prairie wind would sweep across the plains, rippling through these seas of green and gold, creating waves and making everything in its path dance.

As soon as I started orchestrating, the influence of Aaron Copland became very clear. I have always loved his music, and admired how he was able to so effectively capture the essence of America and its people and traditions. As I thought about this, I began reminiscing about my childhood in the American Midwest and how much I used to love to stand in the middle of a field of grass with my arms out-stretched and let the wind move around me.

A few nights ago, I was reading some of Mary Oliver’s poetry and came across a line in a poem that perfectly summed up my feelings about all of this...

“Doesn’t the wind, turning in circles, invent the dance?”

Enjoy!

Oh - by the way - this is the first song I’ve done using Logic so it may be a little rough in places. I am learning MILLIONS of things every minute, but only remembering about 1% of them. I also downloaded a 10 day free demo of Miroslav Philharmonik and used a few of the instruments in this. Everything else is from the symphony jampack. I had a very difficult time mixing this song. I realized that I usually rely on my piano to sort of set the tone for the dynamics of a piece, and allow the orchestration to follow that structure. But there is no piano in this piece so....lol....it all just sounds LOUD to me. I would appreciate any and all feedback you may have after listening to this. Thanks! And thanks, as always, to magnatone and kissmekate for lending their ears.
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Hits: 5100
Comments: 82
Fans: 46
Plays: 1930
Downloads: 178

Uploaded: May 16, 2009 - 09:03:05 PM
Last Updated: Jun 14, 2009 - 10:57:17 AM Last Played: May 05, 2019 - 05:24:07 AM
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Comments
KissMeKate said 3661 days ago (May 16th, 2009)
An effervescent earworm!
This has been bubbling beautifully through my head since Shay first pulled it out of her doodles file and starting spinning it into gold. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this song!
kassia said 3660 days ago (May 17th, 2009)
kate
thanks for listening to this over and over on the piano. no more, i promise!
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SmokeyVW said 3661 days ago (May 16th, 2009)
joyous
this is so uplifting, a very nice piece.

thanks

no big deal, but i'm used to hearing the instruments in classic orchestra placement, for example the percussion section in the back and middle left; and the flutes middle, not left. again, it's not a big deal.

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kassia said 3660 days ago (May 17th, 2009)
bill
Thank you! I really appreciate your thoughts. I usually do place everything in standard orchestral set-up EXCEPT I've always placed all percussion directly center. maybe i'll have to change that next song. In the different orchestras I've played in and seen, the woodwinds have been placed interchangeably throughout the center and mid-left and right. So, depending on who is playing what in the song, I kind of move them around sometimes. Sorry if that was distracting. I'm glad you liked the piece and thanks again for giving me your feedback!
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davisamerica2 said 3661 days ago (May 16th, 2009)
Great Shay!
I love Copeland too, and I'm glad you held onto this for all those years. A definite download! This is a favorite. Thanks for sharing. Everything was perfect. Peace. Terry
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kassia said 3660 days ago (May 17th, 2009)
Terry
How wonderful to see you here! Thanks for coming by for a listen - I'm thrilled that you enjoyed it.
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damiengh said 3661 days ago (May 16th, 2009)
Big
I like the way you think, and do........BIG!

What a superb and moving piece you've given us. I'm sure glad you spend your time doing music because your definitely worth the trip.

Nice work Ms................Big!!
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kassia said 3660 days ago (May 17th, 2009)
Damien
BIG...lol...only sometimes. It can be pretty challenging for me to go big, actually. I usually think pretty sparsely in regards to accompaniment. thanks for listening and sharing your thoughts. Very happy you liked it!
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paul f. page said 3660 days ago (May 16th, 2009)
Dancing in the wind...
...yes, indeed. THAT feeling is sure there, Shay. You've captured it beautifully with an exuberant dance that never lets up in its joy of "just being." I think the orchestral instruments you have chosen work very very well and sound so authentic, esp. the opening strings. Your sense of orchestration, too, is well-conceived and you provide variety with the choices you make as the piece progresses. The touches of percussion, while difficult to manage -- my exprience, at least -- you do with a judicious eye toward economy and punctuation. I am mainly just filled up with happiness when I hear this... On a critical since (since you asked, the 4 measure motif never lets up from beginning to end and I was longing for perhaps a branch-off into a very legato string section where the melody could move in another direction and present something of a "B" counterpoint to the opening bars. I think the piece has great potential to go off in other directions and then come back to the exposition. I don't so much "get" a theme and variations from what you have here because the "theme" is really the whole piece. Using IT, I'll bet with your wonderful ear and creativity you could move this piece into a major composition of great depth...Wow, though. You have such a wonderful idea here and YOU DID IT WITHOUT THE PIANO... I am jealous.
Peace.
Paul
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kassia said 3660 days ago (May 17th, 2009)
Paul
Thanks for the incredible feedback - exactly what I needed. I'm glad you found the instruments authentic sounding. I'm very pleased with the demo of Miroslav that I downloaded and can't wait to get the full version. I think it adds a lot of great sound. I agree that this piece could move into many other directions and maybe someday I'll take it there. The mid-section here with the piccolo and pizzicato strings was originally intended to be more of a branching out, but that's not how it ended up! The energy of this song just swept me along and I was helpless to stop it. Now that I've gotten this out of my system, maybe it'll let me try some new things. Thank you again for your wonderful comments - I'm very grateful and very pleased that you enjoyed the piece.
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awigze said 3660 days ago (May 16th, 2009)
Shay
I thought I had you on email notify- I guess I don't but I will make sure of that. This is great! You're first venture into Logic is well worth this listen. I really love your style and always look forward to what other delights you have to offer. I don't miss the piano although kind of surprised it isn't there. Your sensitivity of the use of percussion is dynamic and keeps me swaying - the snare drums are great and the use crescendo is fantastic. I've thought a long time about a collaboration with you and hope that I am not presumptuous enough to think that it could happen someday [hint hint- nudge nudge] Faved and Downloaded... again!
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kassia said 3660 days ago (May 17th, 2009)
Andy
I've had Logic Express on my computer for 2 years and have been terrified of it. I finally bit the bullet with this song and am so glad I did. I've been dancing around the house for the past week, in excitement of all the great things I'm discovering. Thanks for your comments about the percussion! I spent quite a bit of time on that part of the song and am very pleased with how it all turned out. I tried some new things and added some COWBELL! And I have not forgotten your offer of a collab - it'll happen!
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Roxylee said 3660 days ago (May 16th, 2009)
Amazing...
Headphones on loud, and I'm again amazed at your talent, Shay. Thank you for the description. It sounds like you learn very fast, and remember a lot more than 10%, too.
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kassia said 3660 days ago (May 17th, 2009)
Roxylee
Thank you for your wonderful comment. I do learn fast, but I really don't remember much and have to keep doing it over and over for it to stick. Guess that means more music!
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MarkHolbrook said 3660 days ago (May 16th, 2009)
Yes!
It's gotten a bit windy around here! Nicely done Shay!
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kassia said 3660 days ago (May 17th, 2009)
Mark
Thanks! I love the wind.
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Ex_Silentio said 3660 days ago (May 17th, 2009)
Go North Dakota!
Well, again, this is way beyond me. I'm so happy to be a member of a place where there are so many outstanding musicians, you among them. I am at least familiar with Mr. Copeland and his music, and this sounds like it to me. All the instrumentation is glorious, but I am especially blown away by the percussion. Holy crow. Speaking of ND, my Dad's side of the family is from there. They were all very happy to come to California, but I'm sure ND must have its charms, and they're likely captured in this production. Anyway, congratulations on another fantastic piece.
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kassia said 3660 days ago (May 17th, 2009)
Ex_Silentio
ND may have some charms, but I only remember them when I'm NOT living there. Thanks for coming by for a listen. I'm very pleased to see you here and that you enjoyed the song. I really admire what you do and love the fact that MJ allows us to share our music with each other. Thank you again.
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magnatone said 3660 days ago (May 17th, 2009)
Wind Dancing
well shay, you've somehow managed to top your tippiest top yet. as you know already, this is my absolute favorite of your many incredible songs so far. i love the copelandish flavor, and the wild intricacies and movement here. i marvel at how you tamed the brass - when i heard an early draft i wasn't sure it was possible. the percussion just KILLS, and it's impossible to listen to this without dancing around the room (i've tried). this is truly a remarkable achievement and i believe is likely just a small hint of what is to come!
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MarkHolbrook said 3660 days ago (May 17th, 2009)
Karen...
We really need video of you dancing about the room to this you know! Did you film it!? :-)
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kassia said 3660 days ago (May 17th, 2009)
Karen
ooh a video would be fun! come ON!

give me a K.....K!
give me an A.....A!
give me an R.....R!
give me an E.....E!
give me an N.....N!
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magnatone said 3660 days ago (May 17th, 2009)
uh huh
DREAM ON you two!!!
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MarkHolbrook said 3659 days ago (May 17th, 2009)
But Ms Magnatone
it was you that eluded to dancing about the room... Were just asking for the video which we know was taken. I can help you post it too... In fact we could even get Drak to put in some 3D effects along with Shays gorgeous music!

You'd be a hit! :)
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Feter said 3660 days ago (May 17th, 2009)
The Dance Of The Prairie Wind
This is a wonderful piece of art ...the orchestration impressed me ...I know
logic helped alot and I m happy you did this ...being inspired and productive
is what brings joy ..I kinda like feel wow ..this is awesome how you let your
feelings get into true art ...this is so good Shay ...a true master piece to be
proud of ... thank you so very much for the gem !!!!
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kassia said 3660 days ago (May 17th, 2009)
Feter
you're awesome! Thank you!
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Char said 3660 days ago (May 17th, 2009)
Oh God, yes!!
From the opening you command attention. This is so big and bold. It is like magic to make music with a computer and programs. But throughout there is the character of Shay and her love for music and the dance of the soul. Thanks.
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kassia said 3660 days ago (May 17th, 2009)
Char
It is like magic. I am amazed each day at what I can do with my laptop and a keyboard. Thank you for your wonderful words.
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Diviner said 3660 days ago (May 17th, 2009)
Wow, very well composed
I have been away from this site for a little while and this is the first piece of music I listen to, what a brilliant track to get back to. Well done esp since you have been storing it for 15 years. Very uplifting piece of music and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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kassia said 3660 days ago (May 17th, 2009)
Keith
Wow! What a great comment! Thank you very much. And welcome back!
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T_Being_esq said 3660 days ago (May 17th, 2009)
The Mix Is Right
It is not load at all. without all that brass you would not have captured the essence of your emotions as you have done so well. If you think it is too loud you could always add a quite reflective passage using a flute and some woodwind. That way you could encompass the quite moments that occur when you stand in any wild place and just listen as well as a kinda hornpipe motif to take you back to the sea.
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kassia said 3660 days ago (May 17th, 2009)
T_Being_esq
Some very good suggestions - thank you very much for sharing your thoughts. I definitely have plans to re-visit this song at some point and maybe take it in some new directions. I'll consider your ideas. Thank you!
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DeathArrow said 3660 days ago (May 17th, 2009)
lalala
oh my god...

i'm speechless !!


so so so so so so terrific !


fav'd !




cheers, Luke
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kassia said 3660 days ago (May 17th, 2009)
Luke
awesome! Thank you! can't wait for your new EP.
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LHellman said 3660 days ago (May 17th, 2009)
Cool!
I really enjoyed listening to this new accomplishment. From the very first, my thoughts went to the old "Bonanza" western TV show. I know that is dating me! Well, I'm going to go ride off into the sunset (oops, sunrise) out on the North Dakota prairie! Love ya!
kassia said 3660 days ago (May 17th, 2009)
Mom
I thought you might enjoy this one. I agree it has a western TV sort of feel. Must have been all those Louis L'amour books laying around the house! Thanks mom!
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KissMeKate said 3659 days ago (May 17th, 2009)
Speaking of Louis L'amour...
Did I ever tell you that my brother once dug a cave 6 feet into a hillside looking for gold when he as a kid, inspired by those books?
Calchas said 3660 days ago (May 17th, 2009)
OMG!!!
This kicks ass gloriously Shay!!! You've got me grinning ear to ear!

Rich array of sounds. Engaging and stimulating rhythm and melody.

This just freakin' made my day. I don't know what else to say...

Bravo and encore my friend!

Be well!
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Calchas said 3660 days ago (May 17th, 2009)
PS:
Not to worry..."loud" WORKS here!
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kassia said 3660 days ago (May 17th, 2009)
Micheal
I can't ask for more than to hear that my song made someone's day. Thanks for your wonderful words. This song definitely has a palpable energy to it. I'm glad you enjoyed it!
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Sigmund said 3660 days ago (May 17th, 2009)
Prairie Dance
Just when I think you are going to develop that new age sound of yours, you go and turn me all upside down!! This is a very ambitious effort from you Shay. I immediately think of the great western genre, like the themes to Bonanza or High Chaparral. EXCELLENT job of orchestrating - the instrument sounds and choices are great and you mix them up so nicely. Lots of nice changes in dynamics too (you know how much I love those types of things in music). Now, we have had this discussion before, and this time it is I who should be the last one talking about faded endings, but I hear a different ending here - a real powerful abrupt sort of thing - kind of like...Bonanza or Gunsmoke, or something like that! Sorry for being such a hypocrite!

Hey, you did a great job with this piece - thank you for sharing!
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kassia said 3660 days ago (May 17th, 2009)
Sig
Gotta keep you on your toes. I didn't plan on being ambitious. You know how you mentioned in your response to me on your last song, that the song just sort of wrote itself? That's definitely what happened here. I had all sorts of plans for this, but....here it is. I am extremely pleased with how it turned out - especially since I was using Logic and learning as I went. But I hope someday to come back to this piece and see if I can make it grow in new ways. I think the fade-out ending reflects that. i don't really feel like this piece has said all it needs to say so...to be continued....

thank you for your wonderful comments, as always. I love seeing you here.
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Patriotpizzaman said 3660 days ago (May 17th, 2009)
Sheer unbridled joy!!
You never fail to make my day Kassia!!! Thank you so much for this heartwarming piece of music! I agree that it does sound loud but, it doesn't sound distorted at all and for the most part it sounds like it's too triumphant to be restrained. I love this and for that matter all of your work. I'd love to have you create a score for a poem of mine. I have some decent poems and I also could write one while listening to your music so that it will have been inspired by you. Let me know if you're interested. I am working with three other macjammers right now in that capacity and so far the results have been met with approval by everyone involved.
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kassia said 3660 days ago (May 17th, 2009)
Dave
That sounds like a very interesting project. Send me a note with more info! Thank you for your very kind words here - it really means a lot to me to know that my music has brightened your day a little. Thanks for telling me - and thanks for listening.
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sheilad said 3660 days ago (May 17th, 2009)
Wow....
Just WOW.... oh, and did I say WOW? Downloaded!!! Thanks
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kassia said 3660 days ago (May 17th, 2009)
sheilad
Can't ask for a better comment than that! Thank you very much for coming by for a listen. I'm very happy you enjoyed it and I hope you continue to!
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davisamerica said 3660 days ago (May 17th, 2009)
.."seatbelts" ..lol
Shay what a blast of a tune. Aaron Copeland is one of my favs as well and this is like riding the golden surf of plain's grass on top of a jet powered "prairie schooner". Amazing work ... absolutely amazing.
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kassia said 3660 days ago (May 17th, 2009)
Jack
That wind can get strong though - might not need the jet. Very cool comment, sir. Thank you VERY much!
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LunaTrick said 3660 days ago (May 17th, 2009)
Sprightly spring theme
Evokes Copland and Groffe... open space music that invites a plethora of folksong themes... I can see Mark Twain on his mule heading west. Bravo!
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kassia said 3660 days ago (May 17th, 2009)
Daniel
i don't know Groffe - will have to check him out. lol...I think this song might scare the mule, but if so, it'll get good ole Mark there nice and quick. Thanks for stopping by!
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I.G.M. said 3660 days ago (May 17th, 2009)
hehe
yes, that`s really prairie.
But there`s some other stuff in it. Sounds a bit like marching music.
Rythmically it reminds me of a scene in a movie showing a long trek going west.
But I was just born in Oberhausen, Germany. Unfortunately we got no prairie winds here! :o)

Great work Shay!

Ingo
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kassia said 3660 days ago (May 17th, 2009)
Ingo
Great to see you here! Thanks for your great comment. I agree it sounds like the music from some epic western films. I watched a lot of them growing up, so...it's coming out of me now, I guess. Glad you liked it - thank you!
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drakonis said 3660 days ago (May 17th, 2009)
Very fun
Definitely hear a lot of Copland... and that is indeed a bouncy dance-like theme. Sweet orchestration, great use of strings and varying the instruments. So, did you use Miroslav on the trumpets? Those sounded quite good, since brass usually doesn't do well in sample libraries. Very nice mix, everything's crystal clear! Of course, I won't complain (mumble mumble) about the... f... at the end... (smirk)
ttfn,
Drakonis
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kassia said 3660 days ago (May 17th, 2009)
Eduard
The fade-out ending is a "to be continued..." :-D so there! Actually, the trumpets are from the jam pack. The only Miroslav that I used are the oboe, trombone and french horns. Thanks for your comments - I'm glad the mixed worked for you. My ears were so shot by the end of this that I really had no idea if it was decent or not. Glad to see you here, as always, mr. dragon. Thank you!
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Alannah said 3659 days ago (May 17th, 2009)
Geez Kass ....
... this belongs in the opening credits to a TV show or movie ! So bold and so epic ... you are truly a marvel to behold !
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kassia said 3658 days ago (May 19th, 2009)
Alannah
Don't know where this one came from. It's certainly unlike most of my stuff. Glad you liked it!
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bud said 3659 days ago (May 17th, 2009)
I am completely blown away
Makes me want get up and dance - seven brides for seven brothers style. I can't remember the last time I've heard so much enthusiasm and joyful energy in a piece of music. Absolutely fantastic. I think the mix sounds great.
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kassia said 3658 days ago (May 19th, 2009)
bud
Dancing is good! This song had SO much enthusiasm and energy that it pretty much just swept me along with it. I really didn't have much say in how things went. Thank you for your great comments - and letting me know the mix sounds good. My ears are shot on this one!
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ShadowofNine said 3659 days ago (May 18th, 2009)
Wow
Wonderful composition and mastery over those instruments simply grand..Bravo
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kassia said 3658 days ago (May 19th, 2009)
Dave
It's always a pleasure to see you here. Thank you very much for coming by for a listen and your kind words. Glad you liked it!
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bitfeld said 3659 days ago (May 18th, 2009)
It put a smile on my face ...
... and made me nostalgic for American Midwest although I've never been there! The opening made me think a little of Enya. I like it very much.
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kassia said 3658 days ago (May 19th, 2009)
bitfeld
Enya is certainly one of my earlier influences, so it's not surprising that she comes out sometimes. I'm very pleased this made you smile and struck a chord in you. Thanks for letting me know!
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egobandit said 3659 days ago (May 18th, 2009)
dance
I realy feel the inspiration of your youth in this. It must have been wonderful to be surrounded by the beauty you grew up with and in this song it shines. Excellent composition and a lighthearted romp through a delightfull soundscape!
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Skean said 3659 days ago (May 18th, 2009)
Awesome
Powerful and delightful.. Very very good work with this... I love it... Thanks :D)*****
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lavalamp said 3659 days ago (May 18th, 2009)
Remarkable
You should be very proud of this piece. Shay, excellent work, I don't don't much about this genre but it sounds sweet to me.

LL
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Honeydew said 3659 days ago (May 18th, 2009)
Yep, I feel the wind!
...am so thrilled that Kate sent me this! I, too, danced around the living room! Of course you know the Salinas Valley also has a bit of wind, and I, too, remember wading through the barley field waist-deep in yellow, and always loved it.

This is just beautiful, Shay, and I just love the energy and hope that you do go back and make quiet places in it...I love it!

Mama/Claire
gail60 said 3659 days ago (May 18th, 2009)
amazing
Is there any genre you cannot accomplish with your talent? Geez, this is really excellent. Thrilling actually, uplifting and strangely, I feel like I won something! :) Shay, you are an exceptional musician! Terrfic job!
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loricunningham said 3659 days ago (May 18th, 2009)
Speechless
You never cease to amaze me. The sounds that you create are... I can't even being to describe it!

You have a gift.
Boundless said 3658 days ago (May 18th, 2009)
Beautiful
Fits right in with a wonderful spring day here.

Great work Kassia. Very enjoyable.

Thanks for sharing !
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lengold said 3657 days ago (May 20th, 2009)
Nothing new
to say about this - except it's a great piece of music that is brilliantly executed. You have a massive talent, I really can imagine this as a film score used within an epic.
Cheers
Len

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mowguy3 said 3653 days ago (May 24th, 2009)
Dance Of The Prairie Wind
Thank you. This is such a uplifting, free natured track. Very much enjoyed this and a DL for my pod and early morning walks on the beach. Again thank you.
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Doug Somers said 3651 days ago (May 26th, 2009)
Open your wings and fly
This is such a treat for the ears - and you pulled off capturing joy and movement which builds, turns, leaps and lands, but does not subside until the last strains die away. The opening strings grabbed me straight away (I love Copland too by the way, so my review is already biased). You have wonderful variety you bring both melodically as well as in the many rhythms you introduce like little spices here and there in the mix (the cowbell really made me smile). The way you hand the spotlight around the orchestra is done with real aplomb. I also liked the legato of the violins against the more energetic rhythms in other parts of the orchestra. Since you asked, the only little nit I have is, as a reformed trumpet player, the sound is a little blasty on some notes for my taste around the 2:15 mark. Again this is a taste thing. Overall this is an infectious piece that gets my attention, lifts me up, and won't let go as the dance is joined.

Thanks for lighting up my evening!

Doug
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RickB1 said 3648 days ago (May 29th, 2009)
Westward!
I travel westward quite frequently, and I love the expansive, Americana sound of Copland. You nailed this...I picture our own journeys (and accompanying videos) across the plains states, and the adventurous, traveler's spirit such trips elicit. This composition resonates with me both for its technical proficiency and for its great success as art, capturing that frontier-seeking restlessness that lies deep within the bosom of every American traveler. Beautiful orchestration, wonderful percussion, and excellent choice of instrumentation. Wonderful!
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Schello said 3644 days ago (June 2nd, 2009)
Fantastico
GENIOUS..che altro devo dire..ditemelo VOI!!!
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Gato said 3624 days ago (June 22nd, 2009)
Wonderful!
Very Copelandesque! I loved it and was smiling so big I almost laughed out loud it was so awesome.This is a wonderful piece which really shows what you can do and how talented you are! Sorry it took me so long to find it.Great work!
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tonestones said 3505 days ago (October 19th, 2009)
Rough?
No rough edges here. This is an amazing piece. Very impressed!

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crissew said 3505 days ago (October 19th, 2009)
Gorgeous
Very well constructed with beautiful sounding instruments. Enjoyed it. One of my favs of yours. Well done!
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sschedra said 3489 days ago (November 4th, 2009)
Shay
How did I miss this one? Well Its a real winner! Do more of these orchestral pieces please??? This is just an absolute treat. Such a talented young lady.

Stephen
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ziti said 3330 days ago (April 12th, 2010)
awesomeness
yipes

you make a simple guitar player look so lame. i couldn't make music this glorious, uplifting, and creative in bazziolion years. i guess i got another catolague to check out...this is so cool.

i envy the great composers and orchestrators on this site...and offer my humble services should you need a guitar part here or there...

beautiful.

deepest bows
z
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perceptualvortex said 3112 days ago (November 16th, 2010)
Cinematic
Thanks, magnatone, for suggesting this. There's a lot to like in this song, but I'm blown away most by the sweeping vistas, and I'm really liking the horns. The percussion is just right to keep it flowing along. Really great job.
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TennesseeVic said 3112 days ago (November 16th, 2010)
Minimalism
I stand in awe of this piece, with its simple basic material, yet endlessly varying forms it takes. Similar to how one can watch the fields of growing okra wave in the wind.
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papag said 2961 days ago (April 16th, 2011)
Dance
This one has great movement. On second listen I am more impressed by your arranging skills. Very cool.

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