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Light Into Darkness - sleepytime


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modalgrooveman

 Genre: New Age

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This is a mountain dulcimer duet on one of my favorite chord progressions: I-V-vi-IV - this particular version is almost guaranteed to induce sleep!
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Comments: 31
Fans: 11
Plays: 48
Downloads: 39
Votes: 0
Uploaded: Jun 18, 2011 - 01:18:35 PM
Last Updated: Sep 13, 2011 - 10:47:26 AM Last Played: Apr 17, 2019 - 11:30:13 PM
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Hardware:
mountain dulcimers (handcrafted by me - Jerry Rockwell)
Software:
GarageBand
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magnatone said 2989 days ago (June 18th, 2011)
Light Into Darkness
well this is just beautiful - a perfect bedtime song! you play with obvious skill, very much enjoyed - thanks!
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modalgrooveman said 2986 days ago (June 20th, 2011)
Thankyou!
I really appreciate your comments -- especially about it being a good bedtime song.

I love your music too, and will be listening steadily.
Check out my latest song called OneLife Waltz in G
softsounds said 2989 days ago (June 18th, 2011)
Wow
Wonderful Song - beautilful sound. I ´ve downloaded it and now I´m playing a solo on this song with my guitar. Total relax :)
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modalgrooveman said 2986 days ago (June 20th, 2011)
Thank You!
Let me hear a little of what you do with your guitar around these chords, OK?

I just favorited your Love from the past and made a comment
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gadzooks said 2989 days ago (June 18th, 2011)
Light Into Darkness
I love the sound of the dulcimer. Nice the way you are playing two parts. I found it to be very relaxing and you play very well. I enjoyed this refreshing change.
SG
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modalgrooveman said 2986 days ago (June 20th, 2011)
Thanks!
Yes --- those two parts are actually improvised, so there's a real sense of risk and train wreck if you are not careful. Sometimes they conflict slightly and sometimes there is the magic that only comes with improvisation (at least for me)

I love your funky Hold On -- as a guitarist it is very inspiring!
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drakonis said 2988 days ago (June 18th, 2011)
Ah, here it is...
perfect pace for inducing fits of relaxation and facial spasms of gentle smiles :-) This gives me whole new ideas for playing... very gentle and yes, I like that progression. Welcome to Macjams, Jerry, I definitely look forward to more of your works, and as I said, will be visiting your web page this weekend to pick out one of your beginner books on this great instrument.
ttfn,
Drakonis
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modalgrooveman said 2986 days ago (June 20th, 2011)
Thank You so much Eduard!
Your kind message earlier was my main inspiration to really jump into this community! I really appreciate it and I really do feel welcome.

The progression is really universal I think. I will be listening enthusiastically to more of your tracks as well.
Check out my latest song called OneLife Waltz in G
falcef said 2988 days ago (June 18th, 2011)
Light Into Darkness
I love sound Dulcimer mountain Appalachi in USA. Delicious metallic and silver sound. Duet a beauty music. Bye from Italy
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modalgrooveman said 2986 days ago (June 20th, 2011)
thanks falcef!
metallic and silver!! They are nice shimmering images, and I DO need titles for many of my newer tunes!
Check out my latest song called OneLife Waltz in G
alackbass said 2988 days ago (June 18th, 2011)
Light Into Darkness - sleepytime
What a wonderful sound. Beautiful composition. The two parts really compliment each other. Great phrasing and dynamics particularly in the melody track.
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modalgrooveman said 2986 days ago (June 20th, 2011)
thanks alackabass
Interesting what you say about the two parts complementing each other - as I said in an earlier comment, this is a hit-and-miss operation with my short attention span and insistence on improvising. Taking the risks just feels right to me now. The dynamics could have been better with a pure acoustic recording, but I have too much traffic noise and I groan and breathe heavy! Just Be a Kid is cool!
Check out my latest song called OneLife Waltz in G
neilh79 said 2988 days ago (June 19th, 2011)
Light into darkness
well I never heard a dulcimer before and what a sweet tone, seriously good stuff well done
modalgrooveman said 2986 days ago (June 20th, 2011)
thanks!
This is probably not representative of the dulcimer's more primitive, plaintive tone (which I also love) but I'm glad you find it a sweet tone: as a builder, I try hard to use some of the traditional dulcimer's main features, while adding some extra color on the high end. Your Cannonball Rag is quite an accomplishment -- keep on pickin'
Check out my latest song called OneLife Waltz in G
SmokeyVW said 2988 days ago (June 19th, 2011)
peaceful
this really is smooth and calming

i love the sound of this recording. crisp and clean.

thanks
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modalgrooveman said 2986 days ago (June 20th, 2011)
Thanks!
I'm glad you like the peaceful and calming effects, and it is nice to hear from someone regarding the quality of the recording. I was using GarageBand 06 or so. I'm now using GB '11 and loving it.

Your Fare Well is very majestic and soulful! I will be listening avidly to your tracks in the future.
Check out my latest song called OneLife Waltz in G
Soundhound said 2986 days ago (June 21st, 2011)
Very Nice....
Piece of work, I just woke up so I'm not going to sleep for a while :-)
but if I were, this most certainly would help......
I can also tell that you do have great skills and a cool sense of time
to pull this off, in the style in which you have.....not an easy thing to do...

Very Well Done......
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modalgrooveman said 2986 days ago (June 21st, 2011)
thanks soundhound!
I deeply appreciate your comments here -- I have worked diligently on my own (in a very isolated way) over the last decade or so -- to understand and be able to actually play in a groove, or to feel a groove. These days I'm shying away from canned percussion loops and such, just to challenge myself. I'm very interested in your development in this regard: your grooves feel very natural to me and are a source of inspiration, so keep those funky tracks coming!
Check out my latest song called OneLife Waltz in G
Reinholt56 said 2982 days ago (June 25th, 2011)
Hi Jerry.....
This piece of improvisation is so beautiful You capture the mood of twilight ever so well here. Such a lovely soundscape to fall asleep to.

I look forward to more pieces from you.

Take care and pleasant dreams.

Paul
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modalgrooveman said 2980 days ago (June 27th, 2011)
thanks!
I appreciate your comment, Paul. I have many versions of Light Into Darkness, and will probably post more at some point. This 2-part improv just seems to have more of the somnabulent qualities for some reason.
Check out my latest song called OneLife Waltz in G
davajonah said 2975 days ago (July 2nd, 2011)
Really nice
I must find out about this instrument. Not common, I think in the UK. Anyway, it sounds beautiful and you play it very well.
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davajonah said 2975 days ago (July 2nd, 2011)
Yes
I've used similar sounding synth settings in some of my tunes, but of course, there's nothing sounds quite like a real instrument. Guess it hits the mark with me!
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modalgrooveman said 2972 days ago (July 4th, 2011)
thanks!
actually there are a few really great dulcimer players in the UK -- the late, great Roger Nicholson, and the contemporary Dan Evans.
Check out my latest song called OneLife Waltz in G
davisamerica said 2975 days ago (July 2nd, 2011)
welcome to the MJZoo
...pristine recording btw. Beauty of a performance and thanks for the d/l..I did!
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modalgrooveman said 2972 days ago (July 4th, 2011)
thanks!
I really appreciate the comments. The recording quality is something I have to constantly improve, but I'm glad you like it.
Check out my latest song called OneLife Waltz in G
Llarion said 2972 days ago (July 5th, 2011)
Longing for Swannanoa...
Such a beautiful and delicate piece... I've never heard a mountain dulcimer played so expressively and tenderly... My wife built one long ago in her youth, it sits in my studio, and I can't imagine it ever sounding like this... harplike gentle relaxation... mmmmmm...
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modalgrooveman said 2970 days ago (July 6th, 2011)
Thanks!
These are kind and welcome comments -- I really appreciate it!

As to the dulcimer sounding a certain way, I've been building them and playing them since the early 1970s, and I guess its like a long journey, and you never know where you'll end up! I still like the simple, traditional dronal sound though, too. The mountain dulcimer has such an amazing range.
Check out my latest song called OneLife Waltz in G
Char said 2954 days ago (July 23rd, 2011)
Lovely
lilting melody played with a deft sensitivity. Thanks.
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modalgrooveman said 2953 days ago (July 24th, 2011)
Thanks!
I appreciate your feedback!
Check out my latest song called OneLife Waltz in G
TobinMueller said 2905 days ago (September 9th, 2011)
Soothing
Excellent sound. Love the separation, the instruments. Compared to the other track, this one didn't have the same immediacy, maybe because there wasn't as much finger and pick noise. Also, it was more repetitive, in my ears. But a lovely sound and very pleasant track.
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modalgrooveman said 2902 days ago (September 13th, 2011)
Thanks!
I really appreciate your comments Tobin. Some of the issue with immediacy might have something to do with both tracks being almost totally direct with my Bill Lawrence strapped on.

Repetitive is part of what this stuff is about on some levels -- I see it partially as a bizarre branch of minimalism :-)
Check out my latest song called OneLife Waltz in G
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