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A Prayer (Feter with Doug) HJP


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Doug Somers

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This piece is built around the original organ and string work that Feter sent to me last year as a contribution to the Hero's Journey Project. At the time he sent two works: one was a collab. we released as Apotheosis last year. He other I thought was marvelous in its own right and I couldn't think of anything to just tweak that would in any way improve what Feter created. A year went by and I realised that to do justice to this work would require more than a tasteful track or two on top. I decided to create a three part choral work with Feter's original music framed by two more ethereal parts at either end.

I suggest that you listen to this when you feel you have the mental space as it is not intended to quickly grab you and pull you in.

The inspiration for this work is Feter's original music, taken in a direction of expressing wordless contemplation, feelings of communion, and perhaps the questioning that one feels at times when the realisation of something greater than our typical everyday selves is present.

I'm dedicating my part of this work to Feter who has been more than a solid supporter of the people in this community. To just say 'many thanks' to this fine man is to fall woefully short of expressing what I really intend.

Peace Feter. May your music ring out forever.

A second dedication is to Drakonis and his mother with condolences on the loss of their father and husband. Our thoughts are with you.
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Roxylee said 3065 days ago (April 29th, 2009)
Awesome work
Doug, you really rounded out Feter's introspective compositions. Such feeling in these pieces! I feel as if I'm alone (except for the angels) ,praying in a huge, magnificent cathedral. You added to it so perfectly, it's hard to tell where Feter left off and you began.
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Doug Somers said 3064 days ago (April 30th, 2009)
There's something about large acoustic and physical spaces
that adds so much into music that happens there. Thank you for your kind comments Roxy. I'm glad you thought that there was a uniformity or harmony in our styles since that was the 'glue' I was trying to achieve. Initially I was mentally taking the easy way out of thinking of adding little flourishes here and there and I found that just wasn't going to work. If I had been more open minded to really looking broadly at what Feter's piece called for at the outset I probably would have finished it sooner. Note to self - next time, if I initially get the sense that it will take a lot of work to really add some value to music that is already very good, then it will just take a lot of work and get on with it!! :o)

Thanks for stopping by!

Peace,
Doug
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davisamerica said 3065 days ago (April 29th, 2009)
a download
and many listens to come i am sure ... Doug .. the pensive nature of the opening does indeed draw you in ... wow
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Doug Somers said 3064 days ago (April 30th, 2009)
Thanks for your comments and note Jack
Really appreciate all the air time you have given to our work. It means a lot to me and I can be sure to Feter as well.

Be well friend,
Doug
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Reinholt56 said 3065 days ago (April 29th, 2009)
Hi Doug.......
This is a beautiful collaboration of beautiful music that you have enhanced even more with the choral additions.

Wonderful. Bravo.

Very well done to you both, for the original inspiration and the wonderful additional parts.

Take care.

Paul
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Doug Somers said 3064 days ago (April 30th, 2009)
Thanks Paul
As a master of soundscapes that seem to move and tell a story I really appreciate your kind remarks.

Thanks for having a listen!

Doug
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Calchas said 3065 days ago (April 29th, 2009)
The MJ Cathedral Choir and Orchestra!
Very ethereal. Soothing and contemplative. Downright magnificent!

Shanti shanti shanti...

Be well friends!
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Calchas said 3065 days ago (April 29th, 2009)
PS:
Especially dig those occasional Keith Emerson-esque organ riffs!
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Doug Somers said 3064 days ago (April 30th, 2009)
Thanks Michael - one of our quieter works
I back you up on the Emerson-esque organ work - now that you mention it, have you ever seen Keith and Feter in the same place?... I wonder...

Cheers,
Doug
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lengold said 3065 days ago (April 29th, 2009)
I don't
actually have the vocabulary or knowledge to comment on classical music. But I can say that this is very beautiful and I am sure that we all share your feelings towards Feter.
Cheers
Len

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Doug Somers said 3064 days ago (April 30th, 2009)
Always a pleasure to hear from you Len
Feter is a gem to be sure - musically and personally. We are so fortunate.

Thanks for having a listen.

Best always,
Doug
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Feter said 3065 days ago (April 29th, 2009)
A Prayer
Sir ...your really honored me with this ...I cant say enough ..
the words just vanished and the heart say alot ...just ..thank you ..
and Amen to all your prayers ...God bless !

peace !!!!
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Doug Somers said 3063 days ago (May 1st, 2009)
Feter my friend,
The honour and pleasure is mine as well. Thank you for the support on the Hero's Journey Project right from the outset, the two wonderful works we collaborated on, and for being a good friend to so many here and no doubt in other parts of your life.

When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy. - Rumi

May you always know peace,
Doug


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ktb said 3065 days ago (April 29th, 2009)
way cool
surprised in a delightful way. Ethereal dream soup. yumm Love what you guys did here.
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Doug Somers said 3063 days ago (May 1st, 2009)
Thanks John,
I'm so glad you liked the ethereal quality of the piece. It is at times like this that I feel so remiss in not hearing all the great works that others are producing on this site - just checked out your latest open collab work and it has really captured a great groove. I can't wait to see who jumps in and where these go (won't be me jumping in tho' - your league is out of my reach).

Cheers,
Doug
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Moviz said 3065 days ago (April 29th, 2009)
Awe inspiring
This just a wonderful piece of work and so emotionally beautiful.... I love the whole composition, but those Angel voices are fantastic and doesn't it just show the extent of not only yourself , but also Feter's talent. This is magnificent, regards M
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Doug Somers said 3063 days ago (May 1st, 2009)
That is pretty high praise
Thanks so much for coming by - it is a little more retrained than your recent work (which is brilliant BTW)! I love your term emotionally beautiful.

Cheers,
Doug
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kassia said 3065 days ago (April 29th, 2009)
i have listened
twice now. Once when I could really pay attention and once when I couldn't. I loved it both times. The opening choral section is just gorgeous - spacious and lush sounding. The entire composition is wonderful, full of spirit and surprises. Feter wrote a beautiful piece of music that you took to an exceptional place, Doug. And I have to disagree with your song notes - that choral opening IMMEDIATELY drew me in. Then the strings and organ come in and I was a goner. Gorgeous work.
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Doug Somers said 3062 days ago (May 2nd, 2009)
Disagreement accepted! :o)
I'm so pleased that this piece did get you into the space we were trying to create. Feter's musical entry is quite strong and purposeful and I'm glad that it was a natural progression in the music for drawing you in further. I love your comment about being a goner!

Shay, considering the esteem I hold your work in your comments are such high praise for me (and I would guess the same from my collaborator.) Many thanks!

Be well,
Doug
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fathom said 3064 days ago (April 30th, 2009)
Haunting.
Your styles are quite different but here they compliment each other beautifully. You've framed Feter's passionate soulful center with etherial angels of light. This makes for a remarkable listening experience.
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Doug Somers said 3062 days ago (May 2nd, 2009)
Thanks fathom
There is a kind of light I hoped to capture, so thanks for mentioning it! Feter's work is passionate isn't it. There's no messing about there, it's soulfully intense and very personal. A great start for any collborator.

Cheers,
Doug
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Bowman said 3064 days ago (April 30th, 2009)
Two
of my favorite and most supportive Macjamers brought together to make wonderful contemplative music. I agree with Fathom's observation that your styles are different and I savor the difference. Doug you bring such a light unobtrusive touch I was especially moved by the back end which slowly unfolded revealing a cosmic gem. Feter your center has always had great heart and here it's subtly augmented and enriched.
A great collaboration from the both of you.
Best,
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Doug Somers said 3055 days ago (May 9th, 2009)
Mining for Cosmic Gems
Thanks for your well observed comments about our different styles and how they worked for you. My challenge here was to preserve the power and authenticity of Feter's work, and without really thinking about it I think I accomplished it partly by creating music that was a foil, to contrast the style while still leaving enough thread of continuity to make this work as one piece. I thought too that you, of all artists here, would have appreciated the use of the occasional dissonance.

Merci beaucoup,
Doug
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gail60 said 3064 days ago (April 30th, 2009)
beautiful
This is very pretty. Emotional and deep. I really enjoyed listening. Feter is a sweet inspiration for anything!! Way to pull it all together Doug! Great collaberation. Very nicely done.
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Doug Somers said 3055 days ago (May 9th, 2009)
You're sweet to say so Gail
This was a joy on my part to work again with Feter. Thank you too for sharing your wonderful music.

Be well,
Doug
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musichead said 3064 days ago (April 30th, 2009)
Its strange
Its really strange what a song lets you see. I see two old people walking along the park.very content.
Just what another person see's. Neat i think!
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Doug Somers said 3049 days ago (May 15th, 2009)
Thanks Steve
There are certainly as many perspectives as there are people and the moods they are in when they hear music. I love your image - it certainly works for me!

Be well,
Doug
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Char said 3064 days ago (May 1st, 2009)
This is like
a chanted prayer amidst turmoil. In a way you had to brave your way through and overcome what was perhaps, some unsurety or fear. Quite spellbinding. I'm so happy you forced yourself to create this. Thank you both.
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Doug Somers said 3049 days ago (May 15th, 2009)
There is quite a mix of emotion here
Peace, yearning, turmoil, doubt, confidence, - it's amazing to me what comes out when we collaborate. I'm so pleased you liked this work. Thanks for your comments!

Doug
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caroline said 3063 days ago (May 1st, 2009)
when i get to heaven....
this is the music i expect to be playing - thank you so much xoxoxoxox
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Doug Somers said 3049 days ago (May 15th, 2009)
That's quite the compliment
Thanks Caroline for your warm words. xoxoxoxoxo to you too!

All the best,
Doug
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Patriotpizzaman said 3063 days ago (May 1st, 2009)
Loved this
It couldn't have asked for a song that captured how I've been feeling any better. This was a very revealing work fo me. You guys have shined a light on the darkness and exposed it to the world.
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Doug Somers said 3049 days ago (May 15th, 2009)
Powerful words my friend
I'm glad you found personal resonance in our work. It makes it all the more worthwhile. I hope a little light can be found for all who listen to this music.

Peace,
Doug
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Richard_Schletty said 3063 days ago (May 1st, 2009)
Peace
What a thoughtful tribute and artistic gift to the man we all embrace -- Feter McBlues. The river runs deep from valley to valley and cloud to cloud. May we all be open to the contemplation of heroic, selfless peace.
Doug Somers said 3049 days ago (May 15th, 2009)
Well said
I'm so glad you have dropped by for a listen and for the wonderful support to the Hero's Journey Project from its inception. Many thanks RIchard.

Peace,
Doug
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drakonis said 3063 days ago (May 1st, 2009)
excellent modern contemplation
The initial choral work is really elegant, well-written, and great work on the sampled voices, they sound quite good, and the strings add a nice bit of strength... and it does segue nicely into Feter's more energetic organ work. This has a nice melding of the more modern Ricard Strauss-style harmonies with more conventional consonance... I like it!

Thank you for reminding me this was posted, I have been missing so many e-mail alerts of wonderful music from my friends here lately, but hope to catch back up a little soon.

ttfn,
Drakonis
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Doug Somers said 3049 days ago (May 16th, 2009)
The Dragon is in the Building...
Hey Drak - I like to ensure we have some consonance to mix with the vowels - all that AAAh singing really needs a contrasting tonal structure :o)

So glad you liked our work and could come by during such a busy time for you.

Be well sir,
Doug
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thetiler said 3063 days ago (May 1st, 2009)
Enjoy
the storybook feel to this. Mysterious and lonely in a way. Like the use of instrumentation. Almost has a space feel to it as well.

thanks for sharing
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Doug Somers said 3049 days ago (May 16th, 2009)
Thanks so much for your comments Bill
There is a kind of progression in this work that has a kind of story. I think the space feel comes from the soprano with a wet reverb, which I seem to recall as a kid got used in a lot of space movies.

It's interesting you pick up on the loneliness too. I hadn't thought of that aspect but you are right, it is there. I believe that in times of introspection there is a kind of loneliness that can come up.

Take care,
Doug
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Hydrogen3 said 3063 days ago (May 1st, 2009)
BEAUTIFUL!
this is absolutely AMAZING piece! Very spiritually connected
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Doug Somers said 3049 days ago (May 16th, 2009)
Connected
I get the same sense from your ambient work which is truly lovely.

Thanks so much for the positive comments and for having a listen.

Cheers,
Doug
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stratcat said 3063 days ago (May 2nd, 2009)
Very
soulful. Relaxing. Good to chill out on this one. Great work guys.
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Doug Somers said 3049 days ago (May 16th, 2009)
I think I have to chill
after coming from Checkerboard Lounge. Thanks for your support!

Be well,
Doug
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mowguy3 said 3062 days ago (May 2nd, 2009)
A Prayer
A fantastic listen. And downloaded for more listening pleasure. I know nothing of this style music, so I will just say thank you.
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Doug Somers said 3049 days ago (May 16th, 2009)
That's quite a compliment
to have you download this piece. I'm so glad you like it. And, you are most welcome :o)

Peace,
Doug
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Morning Light said 3062 days ago (May 2nd, 2009)
Wow!!!
Very Beautiful and moving! An amazing and perfect dedication too!
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Doug Somers said 3037 days ago (May 27th, 2009)
Hey ML
Thanks so much for stopping by - it's really encouraging that you liked this so much. I know Feter would agree.

Peace,
Doug
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yrp said 3062 days ago (May 2nd, 2009)
Has
the Earth been reconstructed and rebuilt by a blinding light, pouring over everything and everyone?
Totally beuatiful stuff.Puredreamfloatingsuspension!
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Doug Somers said 3037 days ago (May 27th, 2009)
Quite the impact!
That's a very cool way to have this tune strike you. I love your compound word - very poetic.

All the Best,
Doug
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dajama said 3062 days ago (May 2nd, 2009)
Superb
Thanks for sharing this with us. You have taken something of Feter's and transformed it into something that belongs to both of you. This is the kind of contemplative and deeply stirring music that makes your mind move away from the mundane to the otherwordly. Magnificent job. Kudos. Peace.
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Doug Somers said 3037 days ago (May 27th, 2009)
Deeply stirring
I like that, plus your words makes your mind move away from the mundane to the otherworldly. I'm so pleased that our intended effect was achieved in your listening. Thanks David - appreciate your poetic commentary!

Cheers,
Doug
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jiguma said 3062 days ago (May 2nd, 2009)
Nicely done Doug and Feter!
This sounds great - I am very impressed. Like Len, I don't have the words to go into any degree of detail or the experience to make suggestions - it just sounds good to me.
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Doug Somers said 3037 days ago (May 27th, 2009)
Sounds good is good enough for me!
Thanks for having a listen and sharing your thoughts Neil.

Be well,
Doug
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yamenyamani said 3060 days ago (May 4th, 2009)
yello
i like the mood .....good job
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Doug Somers said 3036 days ago (May 28th, 2009)
A little more still
than your latest, (which I love BTW). Glad the mood works for you tho'.

Be good,
Doug
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shavingronaldscar said 3059 days ago (May 5th, 2009)
overall very nice!
personally, I felt that some of the chord tensions didn't really work, but other than that, the movement of this piece is brilliant and engaging. There's no accounting for taste, right?
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Doug Somers said 3034 days ago (May 30th, 2009)
Thanks SRS
Brilliant and engaging is pretty kind praise - and I certainly agree that some of the chord tensions are up to taste. My process of putting these together is to not think too hard about what I'm doing at the time and then do a little cleanup afterwards. Sometimes then the chords or progressions are far from typical, especially for a choral work that may sound mainstream at the outset, and sometimes I will admit it can get a little wandering. Still, I like to use the looser composing approach to see what arises.

Thanks for coming by to comment - love your work BTW. Finally got over to check it out.

Take care,
Doug
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paul f. page said 3056 days ago (May 8th, 2009)
Definitely...
...a spiritual number that just resonates all over the place with subtle prayer and then a mid-section that jars one's attention, makes the listener sit up and struggle with demons. Feter does have a unique take on the organ passages with their fantastic rhythms and jarring dissonances. It's both classical and contemporary, quite a brilliant shimmer in the light. The choral sound is very satisfying, too, and fills the space of a cathedral with shimmers of sound that can only spring from prayer. You are right: this piece takes a bit of time to pull the listener in, but it does so gently and then profoundly. That last minute or so...haunting. Excellent in so many many ways. I am glad that I heard this.
Peace.
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Doug Somers said 3034 days ago (May 30th, 2009)
Feter has such depth
His central work here has such passion and a mix of struggle, doubt, joy, confirmation, and back again. It does so express to me the struggle we all have with our demons - one that does not end after a single round, which is why I think the flow of Feter's themes work so well as they roll over each other.

Thanks too for your supportive remarks and careful listening. I'm glad you were able to be reeled in and engaged into the space of this piece.

Be well Paul,
Doug
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VicDiesel said 3054 days ago (May 11th, 2009)
Nice
Ok, the choral and orchestral part is A-OK, but I thought I'd mention in particular that church organ. As a church organ player myself, I'm irritated at the fact that so often the only available organ sound is the full out sound. Most organ have such lovely flute pipes. So it gives me great pleasure to hear this side of the organ and featured to such great effect in this tune. It's a wonderful story that the organ spins over the more static background.

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Doug Somers said 3034 days ago (May 30th, 2009)
The organ is really working in this one
I fully agree with your comment about Feter's choice of the flute pipes. It made it stand out so much more fully as a melodic line. When I went to add a little of his theme at the end I found it hard to recreate with the samples I had as they all seemed to be around the full organ sound.

Thanks so much for your thoughts and having a listen.

Take care,
Doug
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guitapick said 3037 days ago (May 27th, 2009)
Stunning...
...thanks for the download...excellent work
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Doug Somers said 3034 days ago (May 30th, 2009)
A download is a compliment
Thanks GP - nice to have you join the listening audience. Enjoy your download sir!

Be well,
Doug
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Narad said 2709 days ago (April 20th, 2010)
A prayer
Yes, Feter is such a fine and humble man and this prayer fits very well with his spiritual conviction.
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Doug Somers said 2704 days ago (April 25th, 2010)
There is a special place
in all of us that sometimes, even for the briefest moments, wonders at the greater world around us and forms an unspoken question of meaning.

Thanks for coming by to this older post Harald. It's nice to have the older works get a little airplay :)

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