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Caroline's Bear Rag (aka Lickety Split)


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drakonis

 Genre: Ragtime

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(Version 2, drums removed by popular demand, minor embellishments added.) This little ragtime number began life as just a snippet, written as background music for a home movie last year. But recently, when Caroline (Caro2ine, to be specific) was going through her post-Macjammer-party depression, I decided to flesh this out into a much longer song, and dedicate it to her bear, who also seemed to have lost much of his bounce lately. So it has been renamed from its original "Lickety Split Rag" to "Caroline's Bear Rag". I also borrowed her bouncing bear icon out of the chat window, and taught him to play piano. For the hard core ragtime buffs, I know this is not quite syncopated enough to be true ragtime, but hopefully its fun and bouncy and makes you smile anyway. I had a lot of fun playing with the dynamics to make this feel animated and alive. Please leave me a comment and critique this, let me know what you think about the music, style, mood, technique. Also, Caroline's friend Lee took my piano sheet music, practiced, and played this for REAL, here: http://www.macjams.com/song/17923.
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Hits: 6181
Comments: 61
Fans: 16
Plays: 420
Downloads: 257
Votes: 15
Uploaded: Jan 31, 2006 - 07:39:53 AM
Last Updated: Jun 12, 2007 - 12:08:24 AM Last Played: Mar 31, 2017 - 08:45:56 PM
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Hardware:
Dual 1 Ghz QuickSilver Mac, syncopated shot of triplesec liquor.
Software:
Harmony Assistant, GarageBand 2, Photoshop Elements & GifBuilder for the animated artwork
Comments
Roxylee said 4105 days ago (January 31st, 2006)
I love this song!!!
Drakonis, this song is one of my all-time favorites. It's happy, bouncy;
it's great. I hope someday to be able to play like that. I have it
downloaded and will listen to it over and over. Thank you for your
great compositions and for being such a motivator. Also, I love your
artwork. Perfect... :-)
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urbnite said 4105 days ago (January 31st, 2006)
yay!
i liked this before, but i think it is better w/o the drums...

the piano really shines now!

this is ggggreat!
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Alannah said 4105 days ago (January 31st, 2006)
I think ...
That Both Caroline and the Bear will be so honoured by this new rendition. I especially love the gif artwork. I was doing a little dance in my chair while listening ... a great way to start the day!
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perceptualvortex said 4104 days ago (February 1st, 2006)
No drums needed
The piano is enough, and it sounds great. Wish I could play like that! Very cool.
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caroline said 4103 days ago (February 2nd, 2006)
to honour us once...
was marvellous - twice??? your homage leaves us speechless!!! haha - that fooled you!!! ed-wood - thank you soo much - frankly the bear and i love all the versions including the first one you ever sent us that was not posted - we bounce to every one xoxox
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Macaudion said 4103 days ago (February 2nd, 2006)
I am lame
Why didn't I know that you could play a piano like this. This wonderful.
The piano, for some reason it's not what comes to mind when I see
your name. Is it me... Is this my public display of ignorance... Sorry if
this is so.

Nice work Drak I really enjoyed this - Cyd
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drakonis said 4103 days ago (February 2nd, 2006)
I am lame
Eek! I never said I could play piano! This was scored by me, note-by-note (not
in real time), and then tweaking certain notes to get subtle shifts in timing and
dynamics to get the sound of how I WANT it to be played. It was MIDI-imported
to Garageband, and the amazing GB Pianist then played it perfectly for me.
Please Dion, when you see my name, continue to think of me as a music
composer, or even a dragon, but never a piano player! I can print this as sheet
music, and maybe a talented musician can play it, but not me!
Humbly yours,
Drakonis

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said 4102 days ago (February 3rd, 2006)
Nice playing
I really like your piano playing great work love it.

Keep up the good work
9.9.10.10

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kristyjo said 4100 days ago (February 5th, 2006)
Well, ok - that GB pianist is great
but you did such a nice job of dynamics and touch variations, (I end up
doing that sort of thing by pencil, and I know it's a big job.) I think it's
neat that you also have it on sheet music. Finale? Sibelius? Have you
thought of posting the sheet music on one of the notation programs'
sites? It sure is cute and bouncy - good things to be!
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Cori Ander said 4099 days ago (February 6th, 2006)
Really nice
Really nice modern rag piece! And it is good to know that Carolines teddy
got a piece of his own. Now we know what he's dancing to ... well ...
"dancing" ...
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macgalver said 4096 days ago (February 9th, 2006)
fun listen
lighthearted, easy, good mood music. perfect for a spring day! I really
like the infectious movements, very catchy and listenable! Good job.
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ziti said 4094 days ago (February 11th, 2006)
thanks
for posting this again....nice improvements...a very silly tune, and I love
it!
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screamalexz said 4085 days ago (February 20th, 2006)
piano
nice piano work. better then my piano skills are at the moment. nice and bouncy must have cheered the bear right up. can't think of criticism it sounds good to me. volume is fine, nice accenting.
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mandimonkee said 4085 days ago (February 20th, 2006)
bouncy
Please teach me to play like you do!
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david gwynne said 4084 days ago (February 21st, 2006)
happy wee tune
i like this.....its so bouncy, like the happy bears bouncing on the keys with all his happy little friends......urgh, you made me feel like im on drugs......

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Magritte said 4081 days ago (February 24th, 2006)
It only gets better.
While I liked the first one, I think the stripping down works great because the piano part is so rich by itself. I think the volume changes could be smoother -- maybe just a lighter touch with the volume curves -- because sometimes it almost seems to drop out of sight, and this piece needs to maintain maximum bouciness. Nice job!
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Nine Inch Nipples said 4065 days ago (March 12th, 2006)
This song is
Very pretty.I like you piano work very much.
Was so soothing,like a lullabye.
Thank You for sharing.
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said 4028 days ago (April 18th, 2006)
Sounds like something Tori Amos will
break into in between songs. which means I love it! Going on the faves.
apb said 4021 days ago (April 25th, 2006)
Impressive ...

I liked the 17641 version better myself .. it had the 'happiness and
bounce' (as has been commented before) but flowed better - the
17923 version seemed to me to force in some more rag and bounce and
consequently interrupted the smooth flow.

Movie soundtrack application is perfect ... I hope it get's used in a
major movie, so it can reach the masses!
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drakonis said 4020 days ago (April 26th, 2006)
Impressive ...
Thank you for the critique, and welcome to Macjams! So, the starts and stops in
this version were more distracting from what you wished was a smoother piece?
Hmmm... that's a good point, I was trying to capture "resting between sprints"...
I will see if I canstill convey a breath without coming to a complete halt.
ttfn,
Drakonis

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apb said 4015 days ago (May 1st, 2006)
Impressive ...
sorry I confused you by posting on the version I liked best ..
this version I think flows smoother than the one played by a real pianist.
(it was really that version my critique is on) .. silly me - or really just
a comment when I compared the two versions and deciding which was to be
added to my Fav list!

Perhaps I'm just too used to computers playing music these days !
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danatemachine said 4004 days ago (May 12th, 2006)
Happy
Well Done.

My mood is lifted while listening to your music, keep it up, if I could change one thing it would be that I wish I could play piano like that. IT is mainly rag but the underlying classical theme is there, which I dont normally call myself "one that listens to classical music," but you find a way to put an edge on it that keeps me wanting more. I must ask, did you learn piano off a lot of classical music?
drakonis said 4004 days ago (May 12th, 2006)
Happy
Glad it put a bounce in your step! I grew up listening to classical music, and
PDQ Bach, and Walter Carlos, and Spike Jones, and the Beatles, and Pink Floyd,
and Peruvian pan pipes, and Japanese Koto, so my genre wiring is a bit, uh,
complicated. But yes, I definitely have a classical bent. However, piano is not my
forte... if you say "play C#", I can find it on the keyboard, but that's about my
level of skill on the piano. I didn't play this, I entered it note by note onto the
staff.
ttfn,
Drakonis

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MunichG said 3871 days ago (September 22nd, 2006)
Very interesting composition
I love this, I don't find it too far from ragtime roots, on the contrary. Very
artfully done with the dynamics, I don't find them to sudden at all. I would
be very interested in seeing the sheet music because I'm also an amateur
ragtime buff at the piano. Excellent, excellent work.

And thanks again for your comment on my tune!

MunichG
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drakonis said 3871 days ago (September 22nd, 2006)
2/4 the show...
Thank you immensely for the feedback. I'm glad to hear that I didn't stray too
far off the ragtime path for you, and that the dynamics felt appropriate. I'll print
the piano sheet music to PDF and shoot it off to you to peruse. I'd love to hear
your thoughts on it, since I haven't played it, I have no idea if I have created
strange Chopin-esque reaches on the KB, or if it is generally playable. Only one
other person attempted to play this (Lee, see the description above), and we've
not heard from him since! :-) Anyway, check your "Notes" on Macjams, I left you
one :-)
ttfn,
Drakonis

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Doadars Uncle said 3823 days ago (November 9th, 2006)
Great dynamics!
It's light with feeling. It is one of those feelings I don't know if I can describe. I guess it's like happiness that kind of chokes you up a little. It has a sense of innocence.

Thanks for letting me use it for my shop!

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drakonis said 3823 days ago (November 9th, 2006)
Wow... well-described
And thank you for the suggestion that it is "sentimental"(?)... I take that as a very high compliment! Glad you like all the work on the dynamics, and I hope it makes people buy maps in your store, and find out about Macjams! Thank you for listening and commenting!
ttfn,
Drakonis

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Paradoxical719 said 3799 days ago (December 3rd, 2006)
Wow...
You could have fooled me, had you not said this wasn't played... the dynamics of this is very natural, and conveys a lot of feeling even though it's programmed. The structure is very easy to follow, and leaves you feeling good after you listen to it. Great work!
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drakonis said 3799 days ago (December 3rd, 2006)
Kind compliments...
coming from somebody who's played the piano since 4, I appreciate your suggestion that I got the dynamics pretty close! That's good to know. There's also a version of this played by another Macjammer, whom I sent the sheet music to... so I guess it is actually almost playable too! :-)
ttfn,
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thetiler said 3794 days ago (December 8th, 2006)
Fun
This really has a nice music feel to it. Enjoyed the other one as well.

Like the carosel feel to it. Has a picture story to it somehow.

Nice Drak!
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drakonis said 3794 days ago (December 9th, 2006)
Music that evokes pictures
This one does seem to want to tell a story... I don't know exactly what though. Glad it caught your interest, Bill!
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TheReverendAG said 3761 days ago (January 10th, 2007)
Animated artwork
The gif... It freaked me out.

Anyway, the song.

It's like.. restrained happines. or some reason that's what it makes me think of.

It doesn't really sound that MIDI.. how'd you get it to sound so authentic?

I like it!
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drakonis said 3761 days ago (January 10th, 2007)
watch the bouncing bear... watch the bouncing bear...
Sorry to freak you out with GifCycles... but glad you liked the careful tweaking to make this note-by-note composition sound hand-played... I've just gotten some incredibly useful feedback from Paul F. Page here, who critiqued the piano score, so I hope to have an updated version of this up sometime that will actually be playable by 10-fingered humans :-) Love your acoustic guitar work, thanks for the listen-exchange!
ttfn,
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caroline said 3742 days ago (January 29th, 2007)
hehe...
i came back again today to listen to this - the whole package, not just from my itunes - i smiled all the way through - mwah - thank you - xoxoxoxxo
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michael2 said 3692 days ago (March 20th, 2007)
perfect the way it is
sweet. you play really well, and as usual your compositions are so moody. i found this to be a blend of the playful and the melancholy. i can easily see this in a soundtrack.

melody is great, and your technique is impressive. I never heard it with the afore mentioned drums, but my impression is that it was a good decision to lose them (unless you did a reprise with the drums, and your friend playing a trumpet melody over the top).

nicely done, I am really impressed. I guess I need to become a part of your fanbase.
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drakonis said 3692 days ago (March 20th, 2007)
Piano is NOT my Forte...
I tried to put a big disclaimer in the description here that I *don't* play piano... this was hand-scored, note-by-tedious-note, then dynamics added, note-by-note, to give this a live-piano-played-feel. In fact, I have sent the actual piano score to a couple of very good pianists, and they agreed that parts of it are indeed almost impossible to play, so I'm trying a simplified rewrite to remove some of the 11-fingered chords and vulcan-death-grip-inducing runs :-) I'm also reading up on music composition (late in life) and hope this will improve my music. But, despite the peek under the hood, I'm very happy you enjoyed the music. I am a nut for trying to evoke a happy-longing feel in my music, so the fact that you noticed and mentioned it puts a big smile on my face! I also re-scored this for "Calliope" to give it a merry-go-round feel, which worked well too.

ttfn,
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said 3580 days ago (July 10th, 2007)
nice
very enjoyable. (but coffee-wise, i would rate this one cup at the most Maybe it was the triplesec.) fun album artwork.

drakonis said 3580 days ago (July 10th, 2007)
one cup
One cup is probably best, anyway... any more than that, and it gets impossible to play any kind of instrument :-) Thanks for bouncing along with me and the bear!
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said 3579 days ago (July 11th, 2007)
"Bouncy"
nice work on the keys. I like the use you make of the dynamics; hard, soft touches (sorry don't know what ya call that:) to make this bounce along.

. - Harold
gail60 said 3561 days ago (July 29th, 2007)
I am young again!
Such a nice, happy, upbeat song. One cannot listen and not be smiling. You are so gifted and as with all your music, your talent astounds! Thank you for taking the lead for so many of us and showing us how the pros do it. Great song. Thanks for sharing.
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drakonis said 3561 days ago (July 29th, 2007)
You're still young!
Well, coming from such a gifted piano player, I take this as a wonderful compliment! Thank you for listening and commenting... I'm so pleased that you stopped in and told me this made you remember that you are still young and bouncy! Keep that energy up, and we'll help you record more of *your* great music to put up here too! My daughter has a sudden interest in learning piano now, so we have her practicing... this is a good thing!
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slumbering said 3516 days ago (September 12th, 2007)
Ooh!

I love music like this! I wish i could be so expressive with only a piano.

It definitely made me smile... strangely, it also brought up sadness, longing, something slipped through my fingers... ? It conjures an old-time feeling that must be so much older than me, yet something to which i can relate.

Both happy and sad, for me. Thanks for letting it be downloadable. : )
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drakonis said 3516 days ago (September 12th, 2007)
Oooh!
what a delight to have you stop in and listen, thank you! I was trying (as I often do) to balance a feeling of exuberance with a touch of wistful sadness and longing, so I'm elated to hear that this came across. Thank you for finding it worth a download, that is a great compliment too! I have no ability to play the piano, and have recently sent this piano score to a couple of great pianists, who confirmed my greatest fear, that this is almost unplayable. One of them, the esteemed Paul F. Page on this site, took the time to mark the score and suggest some tweaks to make it more playable by a human, and I have begun to rework it with his suggestions... I'd love this to be playable. We'll see what I come up with. Thank you again for commenting on my work, I'm happy this struck a chord, even if it was a mixed chord.
ttfn,
Drakonis

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BossHook said 3359 days ago (February 16th, 2008)
Wow
I am so glad I found this, nothing like a rag to elevate your mood. This has such a modern twist to it too. Great piece of music.
drakonis said 3359 days ago (February 17th, 2008)
twist
a smile with a hint of regret, but mostly upbeat. I'm delighted to have somebody with your musical abilities and ear enjoy the stuff I'm trying to make... thank you! Glad to put that bounce in your step! Ragtime is sadly not played or appreciated much.
ttfn,
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said 3358 days ago (February 17th, 2008)
Caroline's Bear Rag (aka Lickety Split)
I really like the accents and the dynamics in this piece. Very effective indeed! I like that you hold back the tempo.
drakonis said 3358 days ago (February 17th, 2008)
ragtime... take your time...
it is usually played too fast. I like this at a slower tempo too. Thank you for noticing all the work on adding note-by-note dynamics!
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kassia said 3267 days ago (May 18th, 2008)
Let's Dance!
I think this is totally fun and if I had any spot of talent playing ragtime music I'd beg you for the sheet music.

As a non-pianist I think you did a fabulous job here. Sounds like a fun piece to listen to - has just enough movement in the left hand to make it interesting but not too difficult.

The first theme is just great, very fun and melodic. Great balance between the hands. Good back and forth play.

The second theme - comes in around the 28 second mark for the first time - balance doesn't seem quite right. The right hand feels like it kind of just drops out - which would be fine if the left hand was doing somethin g a little more interesting, but it is basically continuing what it was doing before. I like the idea of switching to the left hand for a bit - just maybe change the part a little to make it stand out more.

I think dynamics are pretty good overall. It would be cool if you could do some effects with this to make it sound a little out of tune and crackly - like it's an old recording of someone playing this at the old spinnet piano in the living room.

Great piece mr. dragon. Lots of fun - made me smile and get up and dance around the living room.
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drakonis said 3267 days ago (May 18th, 2008)
ha...
if I had any talent as a composer for piano, I wouldn't have to stall and say "uh, just a minute, let me fix up those un-playable parts before I print the score" :-)

Thank you very much for the suggestion on the right hand part, I have this partly re-worked already, and will add some interest to the right hand part there, as you suggest... excellent! Thank you for your ear and time listening to this and commenting! I cannot return your time to you, but... here's your ear back!
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Jarvoid said 3263 days ago (May 22nd, 2008)
Woohoo
Ragtime,who doesn't like a rag? Nicely done sir,a pleasure to listen to.And I am looking forward to a rummage round the old back catalogue,have to go now ...spark plugs to change seeya..Jarvoid
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drakonis said 3263 days ago (May 22nd, 2008)
Well thank you!
Glad to have you stop in and use that spark plug rag for something new! Hmm... the "Spark Plug Rag"... oooh, a new song idea just ignited my cylinders! Gotta go! :-)
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Jarvoid said 3263 days ago (May 22nd, 2008)
Well
here's another idea ,after the change of spark plugs didn't work we may have the Motorbike and Sidecar Blues to consider...........Woe is me

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Feter said 3245 days ago (June 9th, 2008)
Caroline's Bear Rag
what can I say more than AWESOME ... just wonderful
piano piece ...:-) thnx Draki !
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drakonis said 3245 days ago (June 9th, 2008)
Great!
Glad to have you enjoying it, Feter... I hope to have an update to it soon, now that Lee has started playing it for real! :-)
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MarkHolbrook said 3091 days ago (November 10th, 2008)
Simply excellent
Drak you are a true musician... I be a hacker!
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Sweet79 said 2923 days ago (April 27th, 2009)
:)
I love it... :)
It`s like dancing in the summer rain... ;)
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drakonis said 2923 days ago (April 27th, 2009)
How wonderful
It's great to have you dancing in the warm rain to the music... even if it is just in your mind. At least if it is "mental rain" you don't ruin your clothes :-) Thank you for dancing over here to comment, Magda... I haven't been over to your great music for a long time, I'm sorry! I have to fix that right now! Good to see you!
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lilmom said 2606 days ago (March 10th, 2010)
OMG!!!!!!
THIS IS SO COOL!!!!!
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drakonis said 2606 days ago (March 10th, 2010)
Heehee
Thank you for bouncing over here "lickety split" to check this out... I was hoping it would be something you would enjoy!
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strangedream said 2458 days ago (August 6th, 2010)
This is beautiful
Did you...the piano is just wonderful...I am too impressed to say much else. Didn't hear the version with the drums, but I like this one. At first it seemed a little to "happy" for me, but I kept listening and ended up really liking it.
drakonis said 2456 days ago (August 7th, 2010)
a little melancholy with the sweet?
There's just a touch of sadness snuck in here :-) I did *not* play the piano, just worked forever on the individual note velocities to make it sound like it was played live. I did another version of this with calliope, sounds a little more haunting.
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