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Cold December


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kristyjo

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I've been working on holiday songs for our family trio to play. We are working them up to record, but this is just a 'mock up' as written in Finale, and then given a little polish in GarageBand. The guitar part is actually very similar to the way it sounds live - maybe the live version has more warmth and some flourishes, but this simple strum is actually pretty close to what I've got in mind.
Cold December is a Catalonian Carol. Catalonia is one of those places between France & Spain that once had its own language, culture and self-rule, but it is now a part of Spain. Like many carols, this has a very dance-like spirit, and if we could get our daughter, the percussionist, to play with us, I'd put her on tambourine or finger cymbals.
Happy Holidays, everyone!
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Uploaded: Dec 02, 2009 - 12:29:09 AM
Last Updated: Dec 02, 2009 - 02:11:59 PM Last Played: Jul 21, 2019 - 03:45:51 PM
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Comments
Feter said 3552 days ago (December 2nd, 2009)
Cold December
Ahhh how sweet and delightful this trio is ...
wonderfully singing a sweet conversation so
precise and floating ...this is just so lovely
very well written ...thnx alot for sharin !!!!
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kristyjo said 3552 days ago (December 2nd, 2009)
Whoa, you're fast!
Thanks for listening! Despite my long absences, I know I can always look forward to Feter's kind comments! I'm glad you enjoy it!
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futzpucker said 3552 days ago (December 2nd, 2009)
So very nice...
Ah... Just as my tension is beginning to build, like it always does in December preparing for concerts, I get to hear this warm, calm, lovely, relaxing piece. Thanks so much, Kristine.

At some point I'd love to have a live recording of the trio playing their songs. I hope you get a chance to make that happen sometime soon.
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kristyjo said 3551 days ago (December 2nd, 2009)
Patrick,
I'm so glad this was good therapy for you. I know what you mean about the build up at this time. All those concerts sound like so much fun in October, and then...

I'm slowly getting the idea of a CD into my husband's and son's minds. We'll see if we can get it recorded next summer.
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drakonis said 3551 days ago (December 2nd, 2009)
Dancing shepherds
There's something very warm and cozy about this, both the melody and the arrangement. I wonder if the Catalonians were high enough in the mountains to avoid the Moorish influence... if not, then I could imagine that some finger cymbals and maybe a bongo-like drum could add a little Middle-Eastern flair to this too. But as it is, this is really sweet. I like the almost-overblown clarinet ending, your "little touches" make this sound very realistic.
ttfn,
Drakonis
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kristyjo said 3551 days ago (December 2nd, 2009)
Drak,
Definite Spanish influence, so, by extension, Moorish influence, I'd think. While listening to a recording of this in music class, one of my students suddenly got all excited, raised her hand and said, "We could play one of our African rhythms with this song!" She was right- a Ghana rhythm line we've been working on fits quite perfectly (up to the 3/4 bar near the end.) I just wasn't hearing it, because I had a medieval line running in my mind for this song. I guess it's all related.
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paul f. page said 3551 days ago (December 2nd, 2009)
Oh, such a beautiful carol!
I think your arrangement of it is lovely, Kristyjo. You've retained the simplicity of the tune and let your two melodic counterpoints sing together seamlessly. The guitar accompaniment is perfect, too, offering the harmonic support the tune needs while remembering its place in the whole arrangement. If I could make one suggestion (and I think I've had this same thought on other songs you've arranged for your trio): you might consider elongating this number by at least one more pass by writing a 1 or 2 measure modulation to a higher key, perhaps THEN adding the finger cymbals you suggested in your notes. The tune is so beautiful that it could stand being heard again (hey, Beethoven killed us with his repeats!), and the extra "lift" might propel this upward just a tad. Anyway, my two cents to throw at your otherwise wonderful, peaceful arrangement. (And sharing Patrick's thought: a CD would be a welcomed gift.)
Peace.
Paul
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kristyjo said 3551 days ago (December 2nd, 2009)
Paul
Thanks for the suggestions. Yes, i have a lot of 2 minute arrangements under my belt. I really would love to make a recording (a CD would be fun to have out there), but I have a kind of shy high school junior to deal with on that. (Love the double etude, by the way!)
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Moviz said 3551 days ago (December 2nd, 2009)
Lovely
song for Christmas and played beautifully. It's wonderful how, no matter what the nationality of the writer, it still has that Christmas 'sound' or essence to it, cheers M
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johnwhitehead said 3551 days ago (December 2nd, 2009)
Carol
Great seasonal tune. Love the way you weave the three voices together.
Really nicely crafted piece. Some serious musicianship on display here.
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kassia said 3551 days ago (December 2nd, 2009)
tis the season
i was hoping you would post some of your christmas arrangements again this year. i love your little trio - great instrumentation. this is a lovely tune and your arrangement is very well balanced and playful. i would love to hear a recording of your actual performance of this piece.
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kristyjo said 3548 days ago (December 5th, 2009)
Thanks for listening.
I'm glad you remembered our songs from last year. Sometimes a simple 3 part group is what you want to hear at this time of year.
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ktb said 3550 days ago (December 3rd, 2009)
cold december
a wonderfully warm piece. helped reset my mood (for the better!) this cold gray winter morning.
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Ed Hannifin said 3550 days ago (December 3rd, 2009)
Simple... relaxing... nicely paced....
.... and in its simplicity, nicely sonorous.... Well recorded and blended.... A grateful first addition of this year to my MacJams Christmas playlist....

It's just plain nice to listen to...

Ed
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Roxylee said 3550 days ago (December 3rd, 2009)
Lovely, Kristyjo
I like the way the instrument harmonize and answer each other.
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Sigmund said 3549 days ago (December 5th, 2009)
Cold December
Very nice piece, and very Christmassy! I have always enjoyed the more traditional sounding carols this time of year and this fits right in there - thank you for sharing this with us.

Happy Holidays!

Sig
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davisamerica said 3545 days ago (December 8th, 2009)
YAY!!
a new one by you kristyjo ....what a great surprise! Like everyone else has commented ...thank you so much for a warm .. uncluttered refuge from the holiday madness. this sure allows me to take a breath and remember why I love the season. Just wonderful stuff lady!!
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Bowman said 3545 days ago (December 8th, 2009)
A lovely
gentle work. Perfect for the season.
Cheers,
Charlie
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