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Ode to a Previous Day


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Cameron

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The year 2005 proved to be an extremely challenging one for me, as well as for most of the people who touch my life.

Last week, I was in a mood of reflection as this New Year of 2006 began. This piece quickly popped out of my consciousness. This was gratifying after six months of relative non-creativity.

It is a piece about the intensity just past. A piece about Time. And ultimately, a piece about hope.

I think I am entering a much better period in my life now.

Best wishes to everyone here for a happy, prosperous and peaceful 2006!

© 2006 Cameron Kopf
artwork by james joannesson
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Comments
Tom Atwood said 4095 days ago (January 10th, 2006)
Time
Wish I could give you the kind of detailed critique you post on my
pieces, Cameron, but my mind doesn't work that way. Instead, I will
just tell you that I found this to be a very affecting piece, and very
effective. Your use of dynamics, especially among the brass and
clarinets, is among the best I have heard. The harp, symbolic of time, is
also a perfect device for you to build this meditation around. Excellent
music for reflection. Minimal, yet accessible. I really enjoyed this.


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Cameron said 4095 days ago (January 11th, 2006)
Time
Tom, thank you very much for your comments. You certainly don't have to be as long-winded (and sometimes excruciatingly detailed!) as *I* can be in my reviews. You expressed yourself very effectively here, and I truly appreciate your feedback.
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Einarus said 4095 days ago (January 10th, 2006)
Beautiful
I'm amazed how much emotion you got out of GB and JamPack - I really
am.

This really is gorgeous.

I really don't have anything to suggest, and even if I did I wouldn't know
what to suggest, so I'm just gonna leave you with a fan and a download.

Gorgeous!
And a happy new year to you, too.
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Cameron said 4095 days ago (January 11th, 2006)
Beautiful
Thanks, Ein!!

You bring up an interesting point about JP4, and this applies to sounds in general.

One of the most important aspects of music is DYNAMICS. This adds greatly to the expressiveness of a sound, even "cheesy" ones, and loops! It's all how they fit together in a balanced sound-field. Even the "nicest" sound -- synthesized OR live -- can grate on the ears if it is too loud or soft.

Dynamics go a long way towards making music expressive and emotional.
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said 4095 days ago (January 10th, 2006)
after the dearth, the rebirth
Cameron: Very fine piece of inspiration. I am glad you are back in the
songwriting saddle. We need you here.
Cameron said 4095 days ago (January 11th, 2006)
after the dearth, the rebirth
Thanks, Richard! I have missed being here and am glad to be back.
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bronco said 4095 days ago (January 10th, 2006)
Artistic Reflection
I approach all music, indeed life itself, emotionally and this hits home
in that vein. The plucked strings set a very pensive, serious, thinking
mood. I listened before I read and was gratified to see that I had picked
up on at least some of what you had gone for here. Or should I say
what you were experiencing. The music just pulsates with someone
doing some heavy thinking. I picture a library or study full of beautiful
furniture, works of art and lots of books and manuscripts. You are
pacing around looking out of a window as the sun comes up. Your
thoughts rise and fall with the music but I don't hear a resolution. More
of an acceptance of what is and what will be. Life is a compromise and
happiness is a journey. I try and not be too harsh a critic of myself. It is
a role that other people are only too willing to take on.
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Cameron said 4095 days ago (January 11th, 2006)
Artistic Reflection
bronco, your comments are very thoughtful, insightful and have a lot of visual imagery. Thanks so much!

Recently, I have gotten into the habit of listening to new pieces BEFORE reading everyone's comments. Although this can result in pointing out the same things over and over again, it also adds objectivity and maximizes "fresh ears". I want my listening experience to be free of other people's reactions.
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caroline said 4095 days ago (January 10th, 2006)
wistful and nostalgic!
and you have created something wonderful from those challenges so... the coin had two sides after all!! thank you for sharing this beautiful piece and here's to peace and less challenges in this year! "cheers" *clink* xxx
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caroline said 4095 days ago (January 10th, 2006)
wistful and nostalgic!
and i forgot to say how much i like the song art too!
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Cameron said 4095 days ago (January 11th, 2006)
wistful and nostalgic!
Caroline, thank you for your best wishes (and toast!) for the New Year. "Raised glass" back at ya!

I also appreciate your sentiments about the process I went through with this piece.
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Parichayaka said 4095 days ago (January 10th, 2006)
Sweet and soulful
I didn't have to read the description to get a feeling for this one. The calm, reflective mood enters into you right away. I am curious as to how the viola (is it?) was recorded, or is it really just jam pack 4? There is definitely a sense of serenity and hope. Alltogether enjoyable piece!
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Cameron said 4094 days ago (January 12th, 2006)
Sweet and soulful
I'm glad, Parichayaka, that you enjoyed this. The viola sound -- and all the others in this piece -- are from JamPack 4.

No synthesized sound can truly replace the "real thing", but JP4 is pretty good. VERY good, in fact. I have yet to find better orchestral synthed sounds. If anyone knows of ones better than JP4, please let me know!

Also, I want to welcome you to MacJams! This is a great site and community, and you'll have a good time here.
Check out my latest song called Trio for Horn, Violin & Piano
said 4095 days ago (January 10th, 2006)
Exquisite!
The swell of the horns is what captures me the most. The subtle
woodwinds simply snuck up on me. The continuum of the harp lays the
groundwork of a "three-layered" sound field. Not only does it have
great left-to-right seperation, but creates a front-to-rear, top-to-
bottom ambience as a surrounding emotional envelope.

As the listener, I am walking through the players. Rather than them
being static, they too, are moving around me, creating a push-pull
emotion that evokes stark realism. This 3-D effect also is conveyed in
the two dimensional artwork. The arrangement and dynamics are
breathtaking. This is now on my iPod AND cell phone!

Wounds DO heal all time!
Cameron said 4095 days ago (January 11th, 2006)
Exquisite!
WOW, Al!!! Great description of sound. You're a recording studio engineer, too, apparently! (Just add that to your ever-growing hat rack.)

I appreciate the depth and detail of your comments, as always.

I'm honored that this piece is on your iPod *AND* your phone. ;-)
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Macaudion said 4095 days ago (January 10th, 2006)
Yeah! he's back - right?
I've been offline for almost two weeks, and will prolly get into trouble
for jump'n to the 'top' of my 45 MJ alerts, but you've been away the
longest, Cameron.

I'm sure that I can speak for many when I say, that MJ's surely has
missed you. Music like this piece is one of the many reasons why your
space here has felt phat, but not empty. This piece immediately went
to a place of resonance within... So gentle, it's expressed w/ rich warm
coloring and soft textures, while having everything precisely in it's
place. Complex, yet simple.

By the sounds of this, I can tell that it REALLY was a tough year for you
and as well, it has been for me too. I do hope that things are better for
you in the upcoming days of this spank'n new year.

Welcome back! And thanks for sharing, Cameron.

Dion/Cyd
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Cameron said 4095 days ago (January 11th, 2006)
Yeah! he's back - right?
Dion, thank you so much for listening and commenting on this piece. I always look forward to reading your comments; they are compelling, go straight to the heart of the matter and have a certain uniqueness. Just like your music!

"Simple yet complex".....thank you! That's exactly what I was going for.


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ledebutant said 4095 days ago (January 10th, 2006)
Beautiful Music
Thank you, Cameron for coming back to us. You and James have been
on my mind, often and it's the biggest thrill of this year, so far, to see a
new piece of music from you, especially one so emotionally and
musically deep.

I wish you a beautiful New Year.


Cameron said 4095 days ago (January 11th, 2006)
Beautiful Music
Lisa, your good feelings warm my heart -- very much needed -- THANKS!
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ziti said 4095 days ago (January 10th, 2006)
oh my lordie
this is a VERY beautiful piece, Cameron. The composition is charged
with hope and sadness....very great work

d/l and in the iPod, thank you!

deepest bows

z
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Cameron said 4095 days ago (January 11th, 2006)
oh my lordie
hey z --

Thanks for listening and d/l -ing! That means a lot to me.
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J.A.Stewart said 4095 days ago (January 10th, 2006)
Discordant but Delightful
In my experience, the two life situations that evoke the most creativity
are: 1) Love and 2) Adversity.

Love seems to produce an obvious wellspring and a burst of creativity.
But adversity's production is much more subtle and delayed. Perhaps
it's because our creativity is pressed into service during times of trial
as a salve for our aching spirits and its byproducts don't emerge until
after our soul's been steadied and the crises have past.

This is a very stirring piece, with subtle dissonance quietly merging
into lovely melody on the cusp of distress. Very artful... very
emotional... and very lovely.

Here's wishing you --- and all MacJammers --- more of #1's
inspiration in 2006!
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Cameron said 4095 days ago (January 11th, 2006)
Discordant but Delightful
J.H., you have expressed the polarity of the world in vivid terms. Yin and yang. Darkness and Light. Love and adversity. It is the stuff which propels us from one learning experience to the next.

The "bad" stuff makes the "good" stuff better!

Thanks for listening and for your wonderful comments.

I think we're ALL ready for a good year!
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Mystified said 4095 days ago (January 10th, 2006)
Serenity and reverence
Hard to describe this piece, Cameron. Dissonance (even if it is subtle, as it
is here) is usually not something to create a sense of calm, but it does so
here and in a lovely and contemplative way, reaching and drawing in.

This is a remarkable piece in so many ways. Your use of dynamics here is
just exquisite, with the steady, constant pace of the harp underlying all
else, like the steady passage of time.
Beautiful, beautiful...
Thank you.

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Cameron said 4095 days ago (January 11th, 2006)
Serenity and reverence
Mysti, many thanks for lending your musical ear and your always perceptive comments to this piece today. You definitely received the musical message I was sending, and I appreciate your awareness and sensitivity.

I'm glad that the dissonance is not "too much". Lately I am striving to incorporate more of that in a few of my pieces, without tipping over into unpleasantness. Just enough to gently nudge the listener in both soothing, yet stimulating ways. This is a great challenge, and a worthy one for me to explore.
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Nolan said 4095 days ago (January 11th, 2006)
Wowsers
Cameron, you're back to your best. Good to have your magic around
again. This is a wonderful piece: haunting and hopeful at once.
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Cameron said 4095 days ago (January 11th, 2006)
Wowsers
THANKS, Nolan!!
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alley-oop said 4095 days ago (January 11th, 2006)
Yes!
Woven textures of sounds, a nice parallel to how lives weave together in interesting ways. The compostion has a living quality. Maybe the underpinning piano riff has a heart beat to it. Living and organic. The piece indeed seems to be a journey of sorts. I love the repeating melodies, subtle and lovely. There is such a sense of reflection. Pretty. The flow is hypnotic.
Cameron..having a piece from you again just brings a wonderful vibe to our little town here. Nice, man ...very very nice. Thanks Mister.
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Cameron said 4095 days ago (January 11th, 2006)
Yes!
Tom, your comments always have a unique twist, and shed light into new corners. Your observations and images about this piece are very well-put -- thank you!

It *IS* nice to be back in the Village of MacJams again. I am pleasantly overwhelmed by the outpouring of good feelings and excellent comments by everyone who has "stopped by" to listen to this piece. I am very touched.
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alley-oop said 4095 days ago (January 11th, 2006)
Artwork
Nice image James, great compliment to the music.
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MidiOrleans said 4095 days ago (January 11th, 2006)
DYNAMICS
Welcome back. I liked your comment
on DYNAMICS. I have not heard that
basic & most important word very much
in some time.
This composition sounds clear and the notes
connect to a destination so well.
scotty
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Cameron said 4095 days ago (January 11th, 2006)
DYNAMICS
Scotty, thanks for your "welcome back" and your listen/comments!

Yes, it's sometimes easy to forget dynamics as we're creating pieces, especially on music software. We can get caught up in the sounds themselves. It's good to be reminded!
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packosmokes said 4095 days ago (January 11th, 2006)
Previous day?
Strange as I listened, because to me this song feels like birth and evolution as it starts out with a "water drop", forming into a beautiful array of harmonies! And oh those harmonies! Great, thick and magical string harmonies! I'll give you prize for most massive harmony which I'm sure that classical background definitely influences!

I also liked those bits of dissonance (I think I heard some mild dissonance blended in there)... harmonies dissonance consonance Cameron = Beautiful track
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Cameron said 4095 days ago (January 11th, 2006)
Previous day?
Thanks for stopping by, packo! Great to hear from you.

I'm glad you liked the little bits of dissonance. A little of that goes a long way and I didn't want to overdo it in this piece.
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Doadars Uncle said 4095 days ago (January 11th, 2006)
Nice reflection
Time is the main character here, thoughtful, moving, progressing.

Excellently crafted - now downloaded.

Thank you for pointing me to this song.
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Cameron said 4095 days ago (January 11th, 2006)
Nice reflection
...and thank YOU for listening and commenting!

(I liked your "trading comments" idea. It worked well today.)

You definitely "got" the concept of Time in this piece, I appreciate you pointing that out.
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jiguma said 4095 days ago (January 11th, 2006)
exquisite
I have very little experience with this sort of music Cameron, but when
I saw you had returned, felt an urge to give it a listen. This piece
transcends personal preferences and musical background - for me it
was calming and energising; uplifting and sad; but at all times moving.
It's clear that JP4 in the hands of someone with skills, vision and
passion can create exquisite pieces of music. This is amongst the very
best posts I've heard on MJ, and it is with great pleasure that I say
"welcome back"!
Neil
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jiguma said 4095 days ago (January 11th, 2006)
exquisite
I have very little experience with this sort of music Cameron, but when
I saw you had returned, felt an urge to give it a listen. This piece
transcends personal preferences and musical background - for me it
was calming and energising; uplifting and sad; but at all times moving.
It's clear that JP4 in the hands of someone with skills, vision and
passion can create exquisite pieces of music. This is amongst the very
best posts I've heard on MJ, and it is with great pleasure that I say
"welcome back"!
Neil
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Cameron said 4095 days ago (January 11th, 2006)
exquisite
Neil, I have truly achieved my musical goals if I can reach people not ordinarily attracted to this genre, so I am VERY glad that this piece has reached you in a good way.

Thanks for your welcome! I didn't realize I was gone so long.....that old Time thing goin' on again. I guess I had a major Rip Van Winkle Moment!
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urbnite said 4094 days ago (January 11th, 2006)
gorgeous
i couldn't even begin to write anything like this, let alone bring it to life in
GB. dynamics are great.

i'm also amazed at how lifelike it all sounds - maybe partially because of
your dynamics. the horns sound SO real!

thanks for coming back with something so lovely!
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Cameron said 4094 days ago (January 12th, 2006)
gorgeous
Thanks for listening and for your comments, urbnite!!
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screamalexz said 4094 days ago (January 11th, 2006)
beautiful
those long periods with out creativity are when your subconscious gathers everything you need to make your next piece. i go through them too. and the first piece when you come out of it is always amazing as everything starts to flow from you. this is beautiful. 2005 was half good half bad for me. glad you put it all into a nice song.
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Cameron said 4094 days ago (January 12th, 2006)
beautiful
chance, you are absolutely right about the creative process. Thanks for listening and for your nice comments.

Here's hoping that you have a great 2006!
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selters said 4094 days ago (January 12th, 2006)
Just beautiful!
This is such a beautiful piece, I didnt pay attetntion to anything, just enjoyed it a lot!!
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Cameron said 4093 days ago (January 13th, 2006)
Just beautiful!
selters, I'm very glad you liked the piece. It is not always important or necessary to "critique" or offer suggestions on music -- the fact that you just sat back and enjoyed this piece is good enough for me! Thanks for your comments.
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aclarke said 4093 days ago (January 13th, 2006)
I have no idea
how to offer anything constructive on such an obviously brilliant and
beautiful work of art. So let me tell how pleasant I found this to listen to.
A perfect song for personal refelection.
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Cameron said 4093 days ago (January 13th, 2006)
I have no idea
Thanks for stopping by to listen and comment, aclarke. I have found almost ALL comments to be constructive, one way or another, in varying degrees. Yours was fine! Thanks again.
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Alannah said 4092 days ago (January 13th, 2006)
As Usual ....
All the "good stuff" has already been said ... so I shall add my "ditto" to the list .... a very relaxing listen .... I think I actually kinda drifted off there for a moment and my head snapped back to attention when the song ended .... "hypnotic" I think is the word I am thinking here .... very nice!
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Cameron said 4092 days ago (January 14th, 2006)
As Usual ....
Thanks, Alannah! I'm glad that you were able to relax while listening to this -- but not fall asleep! ;-)
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dchapman said 4092 days ago (January 13th, 2006)
I wouldn't expect any less...
... from you Cameron.

Sorry about the delay in getting to comment on this one.

This was a very moving song. This isn't my usual genre of choice, so I
can't be critical of it's composition... only it's emotional value... moving.

d.
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Cameron said 4092 days ago (January 14th, 2006)
I wouldn't expect any less...
Darren, it is especially gratifying to me that you liked this piece, which is not in a genre you usually seek out. Thanks so much for listening and commenting!
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ka-klick said 4091 days ago (January 15th, 2006)
Excellent Work Cameron
DL'ed and Fav'ed.
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Cameron said 4090 days ago (January 16th, 2006)
Excellent Work Cameron
Thanks for stopping by, Bryan -- "DLed & Fav'd" are two of my favorite words! I greatly appreciate it.
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said 4090 days ago (January 16th, 2006)
simply superb
music.
downloaded to enjoy at my leisure.
thank you
Cameron said 4090 days ago (January 16th, 2006)
simply superb
I'm glad you liked it enough to download! Thanks
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iSong said 4090 days ago (January 16th, 2006)
respect!!!
I just started using GB and so I have bow infront of your great skills!

thx 4 letting me listen to it

iSong

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Cameron said 4090 days ago (January 16th, 2006)
respect!!!
iSong, I am very glad you liked this. Thanks for listening/commenting.

And....HAVE FUN with GarageBand! It's a wonderful program.
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macgalver said 4090 days ago (January 16th, 2006)
pensive, thoughtful
provoking. I love this piece. Downloading now. I love the simplicity
and tender voice-ing of the instruments. Lovely choices in melody and
movement. Great job. Thank you. kelli
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Cameron said 4090 days ago (January 16th, 2006)
pensive, thoughtful
Thank you, kelli, for your "to-the-point" comments -- very expressively put in very few words....in sort of the same way I was trying to convey this music!

I appreciate your listening and listing this as a favorite.
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Stun Nutz said 4090 days ago (January 16th, 2006)
damn.
Incredible work... beautifully simple... very moving. Nice artwork,
too.
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Stun Nutz said 4090 days ago (January 16th, 2006)
I can't believe it!
Is this all Jam Pack 4? I didn't scrutinize it thru headphones, but through
my speakers it sounds pretty darn convincingly "live", or like real
instruments... I'll have to listen again.
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Cameron said 4090 days ago (January 16th, 2006)
I can't believe it!
Hey Stun, thanks for stopping by! I'm glad you liked the piece (and the artwork; I'll pass along your compliments to james)....and YES, all the sounds are from JamPack 4. It's an amazing orchestral collection, for sure.
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said 4090 days ago (January 16th, 2006)
Contemplative streams of...
musical consciousness. LIstening to this piece begin,
I experience the sensation of time slowing down and
my mind coming to a place of rest... stopping it's harried
activity. As the violin enters in, it is as if a new line of
thought on the past and reflecting on what it could mean
for the future. The french horn replies... another aspect, another pause, maybe another consideration.
As the song returns to the beginning treatment... brought
back again to the original reflections on thoughts and
feelings of life.

No musical input, except to say this is a beautiful
composition.

Jack
Cameron said 4089 days ago (January 17th, 2006)
Contemplative streams of...
Jack, you have provided plenty of input here! Thanks so much for stopping by. I always appreciate your thoughtful and observant comments.
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kristyjo said 4089 days ago (January 16th, 2006)
Very nice work
Designed especially for being contemplative, I think. The long, drawn out
chords with subtle shifts, the insistent harp ostinato, the occasional
dissonance, all are well done. Your dynamic ebb and flow is also
extremely well done. Either your keyboard is set exactly right, or you
spent a great deal of time fine-tuning those dynamics, or both. I'm
hoping that the 'non-creativity' I personally am experiencing right now is
a prelude to a new creativity that's half as good sounding as this.
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Cameron said 4089 days ago (January 17th, 2006)
Very nice work
kristyjo, thank you so much for lending your sharp ears and commenting here. "Contemplative" is indeed the best word to describe the mood of this piece.

All of us can relate to your period of reduced creativity lately -- no artist seems able to escape such times. Everything goes in cycles.....

Here's hoping that the wellsprings of creativity will flow for you soon! Meanwhile, MacJams is a wonderful place from which to draw inspiration.
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TobinMueller said 4087 days ago (January 19th, 2006)
Happy new year
Ooo, very nice chord substitutions at the ending of your phrases. Delicate,
hypnotic, gentle, a sense of reflection without nostalgia, peace without
sentimentality, very hard to do. Has a roughness to the strings that
brings intimacy. Excellent use of instruments, mix and textures, pacing
and voicings, effects and room size. Hope without mere wishful thinking,
the kind of hope borne in the face of hardships, more than perseverance,
different than faith, and kind of self-certainty and centeredness. Really
well done.
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said 4046 days ago (March 1st, 2006)
Not qualified to critique this
I love this piece. I learned to love listening to classical music from listening to what my father played on the stereo when we were growing up. It drove my mom crazy because he always wanted it really loud, so when she was away shopping.... Even this, loud would feel soft, but you could pick out the parts. Dad passed away from prostate cancer several years ago, I wish I could share this with him - he would love it.

Now I'm off to begin a classical music library on the laptop, beginning with your fine music. Good for my soul to mix it up a bit and add variety to the rock n' roll I usually listen to. Thanks for being gracious in sharing your music.

- Harold


John Stebbe said 4041 days ago (March 5th, 2006)
Beautiful
The violin (viola?) at the beginning is very affecting. The other strings
entering make a beautiful counterpoint.

The slow crescendo of the brass and ww's is very nice.

Some of the chord progression choices are unexpected, but well done.

Another brass crescendo fading into a ww decrescendo -- great idea
and beautifully executed.

The bassoon fits very well into this piece.

The reverb settings on the harp sounds do add to the realism. Sounds
a bit like plate reverb on the harp.

By the way, I saw that you're from Bisbee, Arizona. I don't see that
name too often. My choir director from high school was named Mr.
Bisbee. He was from California.

This whole piece sounds something like the soundtrack to "Battlestar
Galactica" when everybody is about to get blown to smithereens by the
Cylons. They do that a lot on that show. They show great violence
accompanied by somber music.

Excellent outing here, Cameron. I am sorry that I have not listened to
more of your stuff. I will have to remedy that situation.
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maxruehl said 3980 days ago (May 6th, 2006)
Thanks For Sharing This
A very measured, contemplative piece--an extremely effective use of
the GB4 instruments. This is the first track I've heard of yours and I'm
very impressed. I'll definitely give more of your stuff a listen.
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composerclark said 3970 days ago (May 16th, 2006)
Peaceful
This is very good. Your orchestration is excellent; you can hear this
entirely as a colour piece, with the colours subtly changing all along. It
creates a "calm after the storm" feeling. You use traditional harmony
in an original way; at no point did I feel you were resorting to harmonic
clichs. Only thing I found myself wondering about was the
repetition... I'm not exactly sure how much of the beginning is
recapitulated, but it felt like a lot, which in principal is fine, but I
wonder if you've considered modifying things a bit during the recap (or
a bit more, if indeed there are some changes).

It's been a long time since you submitted this. Are there other
compositions in the works? You obviously have a gift; I hope you are
able to find time for it.
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paul f. page said 3788 days ago (November 13th, 2006)
Ode
Cameron,
This is just beautiful. I am so taken by the pensive quality of the composition itself, and your orchestration is so restrained and well-intentioned. You always have just the right instrument to thrown into the mix to carry the deep thoughts forward. The harp (?) is almost an ostinato to the whole thing and keeps all the elements together. This one is going on my iPod for sure. Thank you for sharing such wonderful music with all of us. You are a real artist and there is much I can learn here. I'll be listening to more of your music straight away.
Paul
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announcer said 3761 days ago (December 10th, 2006)
What a nice piece
I was stumbling around MacJams and came across this and I am truly glad I did.

BTW I noticed that you are a Horn Player. Did you ever use the Brophy Technical Studies?
I just ask cause my dad wrote those.
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Cameron said 3758 days ago (December 13th, 2006)
wow!
announcer, thanks so much for stopping by for a listen. I'm glad you enjoyed the piece.

YES, as a matter of fact, I *DO* have a copy of Brophy's Technical Studies for horn! I use it occasionally.

How COOL that he's your dad!

Someday soon I will actually post a horn piece on this site. It's rather ironic that I'm a professional horn player, yet have avoided recording myself and submitted any of my horn comps here. I'll have more time to do that starting in Feb.07 during an extended layoff from "Phantom".

Thanks again for your comment! Truly appreciated.
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VicDiesel said 3716 days ago (January 24th, 2007)
I hope 2006 went well for you
I hadn't listened to this piece before, and it's an absolute gem. The mood is consistently pensive, maybe a little hopeful, and there is just a bit of an arc to the composition, with occasional high points when the brass and the flutes come in. In fact, I would have been happy if the piece had ended on that flute passage 3/4 of the way through. To me a piece like this doesn't need an ABA or ABACA or whatever form that closes symmetrically. A linear development is fine with me.

Writing and arrangement of this are great. Downloaded.

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Cameron said 3715 days ago (January 25th, 2007)
Re: I hope 2006 went well for you
Thanks, Vic, for stopping by for a listen and leaving a comment here.

It's always a surprise to receive new comments on songs that have been here for more than a year. (I'm trying to be better about responding to comments on old stuff.)

Compositional forms have always been challenging for me; I don't understand them as well as I should, having gone to a music conservatory! I wish I'd paid better attention in my form and analysis classes now.

For some reason I felt that this piece needed to be its present length. I had experimented with shorter versions earlier but they just didn't feel right.

Thanks again for your comments and I'm flattered that you downloaded this.

I look forward to hearing your next recorder submission!

;-)
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VicDiesel said 3715 days ago (January 25th, 2007)
My next recorder submission
"I look forward to hearing your next recorder submission!"

It's up. Again very different from the last couple.

Victor.
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said 3334 days ago (February 11th, 2008)
Nice!
At first I thought, it would be a standard type of classical piece one hears online..then the solo string came in.. then the musical thought started showing itself..working out it's ideas. Really liked the harmonies you use. Sort of reminded me of Copland. Wonderful music!
Cameron said 3332 days ago (February 12th, 2008)
soulima!
Thank you so much for stopping by here, after so much time has passed since someone left a comment! I really appreciate your kind words.

I will check out your music soon.
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magnatone said 3332 days ago (February 12th, 2008)
This is BEAUTIFUL
Hi Cameron: I'm just discovering you in the last hour, you have so much amazing music on the site. I especially love this piece, the build and tension held back and taking it's time. This is going straight to my ipod. I know you posted this a long time ago - hope you see this comment someday!
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Cameron said 3332 days ago (February 12th, 2008)
magnatone!!
Synchronicity at work. I've listened to your wonderful music for the first time today. You've listened to MY music today. I visit my profile page and see that there's a new comment on a piece I submitted two years ago. It's from YOU!

So yes, I am replying quickly.

Actually, you've chosen one of my favorite pieces -- if not THE favorite -- to listen and comment on first. I am very grateful.

Thank you so much for stopping by here!

Although it's a simple piece, please listen to my piano piece "La Noche" when you get a chance. It's on my mother's 1906 Steinway which I now have. Such a treasured instrument!

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jiguma said 3327 days ago (February 17th, 2008)
Like this a lot Cam
Very calming piece - I don't know much at all about this genre, but I know when I like something, and this is beautiful. See I didn't even mention the "l" word :),
Neil
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droop said 3327 days ago (February 18th, 2008)
Hearing this I'm seeing
a vision of a snow storm in jackson Ha! Bet traffic was a nightmare. Now, to what I really came for. I am technically ignorant about this kind of music and, well music in general, but I do know what I like. I do find this piece special and I think I know why. Not only is everything sonically appealing with excellent placement, but it presents strong emotions. I think all great art hits our two main emotions (happiness and sadness) with enough force to leave a positive lasting impression.
That's what this piece of music has done for me.
thanks Cam
paul
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said 3311 days ago (March 4th, 2008)
Ode to a Previous Day
Came back for another listen, 'cos this piece deserves repeated listens. I really like the sense of time in this piece. Both sonically and spatially, the piece has its own timeworld. The chord spacings are uniformly gorgeous, especially when you blend chord types and mix them into a polytonal amorphous mass. Dissonant, but not just dissonant for its own sake. The bassoons and the writing for the bassoons is both effective and lovely. A piece with a lot of impact!
Silky5 said 2390 days ago (September 12th, 2010)
Wonderful Harmonic progression
Lovely tender feel to this! Wonderful
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christopherpsly said 1837 days ago (March 17th, 2012)
Hi Cameron
I am, as tey say, a man of very few words for the most.
One word here for you.....'Lovely'
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