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Far Away From Home



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Today, January 1, 2012, would have been my father's 92nd birthday. Several years ago, I put together a DVD with hundreds of family photos that included a slide show with music I wrote just for the DVD. I picked a handful of photos and wrote a tune inspired by each.

The first was the photo, above, of my father when he was stationed in Alaska during World War II. My dad loved Alaska and was stationed there for the entirety of the war, but, at heart he was a Mississippi, very far away from home.

I posted another version of this several years ago, but I have gone in and remixed it in Logic, changed some of the percussion and added some woodwind parts, since the first version was entirely brass.

My love of music and my life long desire to make music comes in part from my dad's love of music and that is the single greatest thing he could have ever done for me.
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richard13 said 2637 days ago (January 1st, 2012)
and foremost, Joe, it is a wonderful thing to be able to use your gifts to say thank you to a parent. I hope he had a chance to know what he means/meant to you. Well done, and thank you.
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jgurner said 2635 days ago (January 3rd, 2012)
A lifetime of Thank Yous
I've always believed the best way to thank your parents is to try and live the best life you can live. Most people think that's making money or achieving social or political status, but I realized early on that to my parents, my father especially, that meant living a life that makes you happy and helps, even in the smallest way, make the world a better place. I've always tried to do that. My life is my own, but it is also a tribute to the things they tried to instill in me.

Glad you enjoyed the tune and thanks for taking the time to listen.
sammydix said 2637 days ago (January 1st, 2012)
quite well arranged, Joseph. the sound is big and warm. i guess kinda like the sentiment. intricately done, man.
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jgurner said 2635 days ago (January 3rd, 2012)
Thank you
It all starts from an idea and the feelings that go with it. Once you get that, the rest just builds itself. This one just kept branching and branching and could have gone on forever.

Thanks for taking the time to take a listen. It's much appreciated.
davisamerica said 2637 days ago (January 1st, 2012)
strong family ties
and a strong powerful work here Joe. Very impressive my friend. d/l ...btw must pm you about a project.
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jgurner said 2635 days ago (January 3rd, 2012)
Family Ties
It's all about the memories and the feelings.

Glad you enjoyed and thanks for listening.

And just let me know, I'm ready and raring to go.
SylviaD said 2637 days ago (January 1st, 2012)
Close in heart
Your true feelings about your Dad are so evident in this. There is no better way to honor him than what you have accomplished here. Thank you for sharing. Family ties are everything.
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jgurner said 2635 days ago (January 3rd, 2012)
Both my parents listened to a lot of music, but my father's tastes - opera, symphonic, marches - was a much biggest influence on me than my mother's - crooners, big band. Not that I didn't love and enjoy it all. The music was so dynamic and emotional and it was hearing and feeling this from a young age that hooked me. And I feel it was a big part in my choosing to play the French horn - a dynamic instrument capable of gliding from emotion to emotion so much more so than any other. At least when it's played by someone other than me. :)

Thanks for taking the time to listen. Glad you enjoyed it.
rtcooper said 2637 days ago (January 1st, 2012)
FROM The Clash to Copeland.
Who Knew, Brother.

Fine Accomplishment.
Sounds like Carnegie Hall!

With Fond Regards,
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jgurner said 2635 days ago (January 3rd, 2012)
And everywhere in between
If I could come anywhere near The Clash or Copeland, I'd be a happy man. And, both are among my favorites.

Glad you enjoyed it my friend, and many thanks for the fine compliments.
867-5309 said 2637 days ago (January 1st, 2012)
patriotic - interwoven - as individual distinction can be drawn. each with their own parts, each within their expected range.
I can see them each playing their horns. so onward this continuum rolls; onward.
the horns seem all too real.
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jgurner said 2635 days ago (January 3rd, 2012)
One of the tough things in the digital age is, no matter how realistic a sound is reproduced, it's all about keeping an instrument within its own "reality." Not just its range, but within its own tonal "flavor" and its place among he orchestra. Any time I write a symphonic piece I imagine each individual playing their part. Even where they are sitting in relation to one another and how the tune sounds to them. Somehow, it seems to work.

Thanks for listening. Glad you enjoyed the tune.
Ed Hannifin said 2637 days ago (January 1st, 2012)
I've only seen a picture of you a few times, but...am I mistaken in thinking your dad looks a lot like you?

I'm a great fan of family connections and how they run both ways, so I really like that you did this for your father/family. You manage to get something sounding yearning and thoughtful even with the martial tinge to the snare...

Pretty neat...
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jgurner said 2635 days ago (January 3rd, 2012)
Funny you should mention it
But my parents had six kids - five boys and one girl. Three of the sons, the two oldest and myself, there's no denying that we are our father's children. The only difference in my father and myself, is by the time my dad was in his 30s, he pretty much had no hair. I'm in my 40s and mine grows like kudzu.

Thanks for listening Ed!
alackbass said 2637 days ago (January 1st, 2012)
Far Away From Home
Wow Joe! I did not know you composed and orchestrated this kind of thing. Really outstanding work. There's a density to the orchestration and harmonies that I just love. I think it may be the way you use the low brass to anchor the piece.
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jgurner said 2635 days ago (January 3rd, 2012)
I don't do a lot of this kind of work, but I love it. I spent 15 years playing in symphonic bands and wind ensembles, brass ensembles and such and I loved and enjoyed it more than any other music I have ever made. I mostly played French horn, but have played around with all other brass instruments as well. I just love the sound of a good, tight piece for a brass ensemble.

Thanks for stopping by and taking a listen!
magnatone said 2637 days ago (January 1st, 2012)
Far Away from Home
Hi Joe - what a wonderful backstory to go with this incredible orchestration! you are an incredible composer and your orchestration skills are just awesome - WOW!!
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jgurner said 2635 days ago (January 3rd, 2012)
Hi Karen!
You're gonna make me blush. :)

Thanks much. Glad you enjoyed it. I've really enjoyed sharing it as well.
neilh79 said 2636 days ago (January 2nd, 2012)
Far Away from Home
It is so difficult to comment on something which obviously means a lot to one person. This is a fantastic tribute to your father and fallen war heroes, well done joe
jgurner said 2635 days ago (January 3rd, 2012)
One of the things that has always struck me about war is how it takes people so far away, not just physically, but mentally and emotionally. You go to another, far off place and so often have to become another person, far removed from the person you were before. For some, like my father, you can return, but not everyone does, even if they do make it back home.

Thanks for taking the time to listen. Glad you enjoyed it.
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