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Quixotic Dreams v2 (Maureen on Guitar)


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Imagine Cervantes' tale, written instead as a twisted short story by E.T.A. Hoffmann... it might have the following synopsis:
Our beloved Don Quixote has returned from an evening of drinking, after telling anyone who would listen about today's great deeds done for his love, Dulcinea. He is certain that Dulcinea has been captured by demons and trapped inside a music box. After his tales are told, he retires to his room, where he now winds up the music box beside his bed, and falls asleep with the image of the figurine dancing in his dreams.

As the music starts, he is now playing his guitar for the beautiful dancing Dulcinea, who has broken free of the music box. As he plays his guitar, she hears his music and looks for him, dancing closer... until... the music box slows down, and he awakens as the demons return her to the music box, leaving him with just a faint fading memory of her music drifting away.

Eduard's Notes:
As always, this started as a melody I couldn't get out of my head, then I wrapped the other instruments around it and began crafting it into shape. Partway through, the above story line came to me, and propelled me to finish the music. I have cast the guitar as Don Quixote, who then dances back and forth with the music box/celesta as Dulcinea. And then AndySax's wife Maureen offered to take my printed guitar sheet music for this, and practice and play the guitar part live! I have replaced the MIDI guitar with her live performance here. Thank you soooo much Maureen!

Maureen's Notes:
When approached about the idea of playing guitar for the song, I loved the idea because the sound of the classical guitar reminds me of an age long ago when people would entertain each other by playing songs in their parlors. It is sad, romantic and noble all at the same time.  When I heard Eduard's demo track, I knew that the sound of the classical guitar with it's ancient quality would be perfect for this song. We approached the song as if it were a period piece and the way in which Don Quixote would have dreamed it. It is very romantic.

I play a Sigma Martin (student model). The guitar that I bought when I was a young woman learning to play classical music in my college days as a Fine Arts Student. (CS-6 Classical guitar which was made in Japan s/n 7549. Mosaic marquetry around sound hole. Rosewood bridge. Spruce top. Back and sides bubinga wood. Mahogany neck. Rosewood fingerboard.)

(Photo of Maureen playing this on her guitar)
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Comments: 116
Fans: 51
Plays: 265
Downloads: 77
Votes: 10
Uploaded: Apr 22, 2010 - 08:15:46 PM
Last Updated: Apr 24, 2010 - 10:20:45 PM Last Played: Jan 24, 2016 - 04:04:02 PM
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Hardware:
Drak: Mac Pro Dual Core Intel Xeon
Maureen: Sigma Martin guitar, Marshall Electronics MXL-V69-MEDT Condenser Mic w/ Mogami Cable, M-Audio Firewire 1814
Software:
Harmony Assistant for 6/8 composition, GarageBand (Jampack 4 instruments) for playback... and Maureen's real guitar.
Comments
alackbass said 2677 days ago (April 22nd, 2010)
Very Nice
I love the interplay between the nylon string and mallet instruments. The percussion is also very nice. And the brass takes you all the way to Spain.
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drakonis said 2675 days ago (April 24th, 2010)
fun to work on...
sat in a drawer for a year or 2... and then Maureen re-awakened the dream, and made it real... having a real musician perform my music is just sublime to me.
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awigze said 2677 days ago (April 22nd, 2010)
Eduard and Maureen
of course, I love it.
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drakonis said 2675 days ago (April 24th, 2010)
two...
Two stars in the same house... you have a bright place! Thank you Andy for making the initial suggestion. Thank you again Maureen for the magic.
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kassia said 2677 days ago (April 22nd, 2010)
cool!!
yeah! this is great! eduard you know i love this song. maureen wonderful performance! very cool.
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awigze said 2677 days ago (April 22nd, 2010)
Shay
Maureen sez: I loved doing this and it made that student model guitar sound great on Eduard's really awesome song. Depth and substance. It is fun to listen too also.
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Go_Turtle_Go said 2677 days ago (April 22nd, 2010)
this light
hearted song wasn't exactly what I was expecting from you Drak!? But boy, what a nice surprise! It has the playfulness and melodic inclination I am so used to, yet analog in nature. Very much impressed by the flow of it, but also the musicians and the production. Wowzers lady and gent!
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drakonis said 2675 days ago (April 24th, 2010)
Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!
This was fun to write, but a lot more fun to have Maureen play for real. It made me go back and rewrite the guitar part to be more "playable", but she really nailed this :-)
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magnatone said 2677 days ago (April 22nd, 2010)
Dreams
OOH - YEAH!!! this is wonderful, and welcome to MJ Maureen!!! I've been anticipating this offering and it's finally HERE! Fabulous and clearly skilled guitar playing over this familiar dragonesque drak tune. Great work together - I'm so happy you two got to do this, and look forward to much more from both this collab team, and also ESPECIALLY, from you as a new MJ artist Maureen! Woot, and doublt woot!!
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drakonis said 2675 days ago (April 24th, 2010)
KAREN!
Thank you for listening to and enjoying our collab... it's got lots of plinky bonky things for you too :-) This was very fun, Maureen was so nice to work with, and look what we made! And Maureen is interested, I'd love to collaborate with her again!
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MarkHolbrook said 2677 days ago (April 23rd, 2010)
Outstanding
Revision Eduard & Mareen!
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drakonis said 2675 days ago (April 24th, 2010)
Mark's ear...
I especially appreciate your ear, Mark, so a thumbs-up from you is great to hear! Thank you for checking this out.
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davisamerica said 2677 days ago (April 23rd, 2010)
now this is fun
Lovely entertaining tune Eduard and great casting .... Maureen very nice performance and welcome to MJ. Hats off you two this is a keeper. Downloaded and thanks!
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drakonis said 2675 days ago (April 24th, 2010)
we're keepers!
Thank you Jack... a download is a very high compliment in my book. Thank you for the listen and comment.
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Jarvoid said 2677 days ago (April 23rd, 2010)
Had me
running at windmills shouting "Buggera Offa,vamoso..." for the rest of the day....nice piece of work both of you.

Jarvoid
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drakonis said 2675 days ago (April 24th, 2010)
Whot?
What the heck were windmills doing in your parts? Perhaps there's some kind of alien invasion... keep your wits about you, and watch for monks on mules! Thank you for listening and commentatifying.
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dave_b said 2677 days ago (April 23rd, 2010)
Quixotic Dreams v2
The tune evokes the theme of the story quite well. Mellow groove and the parts work well together. Nice picked guitar.
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drakonis said 2675 days ago (April 24th, 2010)
musical story telling
This is good feedback Dave, thank you. Glad to know the story holds up and the instrumentation fits. Maureen did quite nicely on very short notice here. I think she read the music, practiced, and turned this around in a day!
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Parichayaka said 2677 days ago (April 23rd, 2010)
I really liked this!
Wooden marimba, clean melodies, nice guitar playing and light percussion. Every voice here is transparent and has its own upbeat, sweet flavor. Almost reminds of Michael Land's Secret of Monkey Island soundtrack, which - just like your song - inspires your imagination and makes you think of bright things and sunny days with a touch of adventure.
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drakonis said 2675 days ago (April 24th, 2010)
"transparent" is a holy grail...
It is so easy for me to go overboard and throw too much in, so on this I worked on restraint, and took lots of things away again. You have mentioned Michael Land before, and game soundtracks are often really unique and catchy, so that is a good thing in my book. I am very pleased to know this paints pictures of sunny days and adventure for you... thank you for listening and offering your thoughts.
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PrototypeEightyOne said 2677 days ago (April 23rd, 2010)
yo
love the quality of each instrument and sound used in this. Very clean and crisp. What i really like is the interplay between the xelyphone ( or whatever ) and the other instruments and guitar. Very sweet Eduard.
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drakonis said 2675 days ago (April 24th, 2010)
interplay was key
Passing the melody back and forth between the guitar and celesta (bell-thingy) was where I was aiming... glad you heard and enjoyed that.
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said 2676 days ago (April 23rd, 2010)
FAB
una Fonte Acustica Bellissima, this is great.

. - Harold
drakonis said 2675 days ago (April 24th, 2010)
Gracias!
So glad we could tickle your fancy, Harold! And hey, Maureen and I have both met you in person! Macjams has really shrunk our world in wonderful ways.
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Feter said 2676 days ago (April 23rd, 2010)
Quixotic Dreams
This is just amazing ...a very wonderful music
writing ..what stroke me that elegant guitar
playing (Eduard is really lucky here) to have you
Maureen there s nothing like real awesome guitar
work on such magical piece ...kudos to you both
a true light breeze in mid day ..thnx a lot for sharin !!!!
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drakonis said 2675 days ago (April 24th, 2010)
Thank you Feter
I'm glad to hear that you like the breezy music... and Maureen's playing was such a treat!
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maure said 2667 days ago (May 2nd, 2010)
Feter
I am glad you liked it Feter... and a tall glass of lemonade
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Gaylen75 said 2676 days ago (April 23rd, 2010)
Stereo Magic
This is really nice on the ears. Playful banter with the melody and instruments. I love the tones and space here. This has a little magic in it.
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drakonis said 2675 days ago (April 24th, 2010)
Playful banter...
Apropos description, if you got that from it, then I got the message across, yay! Here's to a little magic in our lives.
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Six-Nail-Coffin said 2676 days ago (April 23rd, 2010)
Phenomenal!
This deserves an animated tribute! YOu ought to submit it over at Newgrounds and pair up with one of their geniuses to create something amazing!
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drakonis said 2673 days ago (April 26th, 2010)
I'll check it out...
if I were to animate it, it would be rather abstract, and would take 2 years, so that's probably not a good idea. Thank you for listening and giving me something to go research, cool!
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Symphony101 said 2676 days ago (April 23rd, 2010)
Great idea , great music
... and wonderfully played by Maureen.
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drakonis said 2673 days ago (April 26th, 2010)
a long time ago...
and a long time to make, but worth it now... she really made this sing. Thank you for listening, Yves.
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VicDiesel said 2676 days ago (April 23rd, 2010)
Classical guitars are, eh, classy
Cute piece, with all the little sound effects and plinky-plonky stuff.

The guitar is prettily played and prettily recorded. But. I would like more consistency in the guitar part. Now there is equal parts of melody, strummed chords, and utter silence, and they alternate with no system that I can discern. Suggestion: more melodies, and a separate strumming part that can be much softer.
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drakonis said 2672 days ago (April 27th, 2010)
you want consistency? a pattern?
I am guilty as charged, mostly. The middle section does repeat 3 times, but yes, I interleaved the guitar and celesta handing the melody back and forth in a rather haphazard manner. And since I am NOT a guitarist, my skill at writing an interesting (and playable) guitar part is... um... questionable. So, thank you for the suggestion ideas, that is just what I am hoping to find out... that the structure isn't easily followed and how to improve it. Learn. Tweak. Learn. Tweak. Thank you!
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michaeljayklein said 2676 days ago (April 23rd, 2010)
Beautiful
Having become familiar with your original version Eduard, it was quite nice hearing the addition of Maureen's guitar, which compliments your musical score extremely well and is a natural fit for this.....great work!
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drakonis said 2672 days ago (April 27th, 2010)
and then there were two
Thank you for listening to and commenting on this one... I agree that her real guitar here really gives it life and helps move it out of the lifeless MIDI music realm.
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sschedra said 2676 days ago (April 23rd, 2010)
Eduard
The first thing I thought of here was to have Maureen play on "Andes Off!" There is nothing like the tone and feel of live playing and that number deserves it. This is a very pretty and mood setting piece. The guitar gives it just the right flavor. I like the trumpet too, but I think it needs a brassier sound, more like a mariachi trumpet (but as we know I overstate my brass).
Well done all,
Stephen
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drakonis said 2672 days ago (April 27th, 2010)
ask and you may receive...
Well, I saw this comment about the brass, and tweaked the trumpeter on Michael's version of this one before release, so it has a little more blat :-) And a little bird tells me that Maureen is eyeing "Andes Off" right now... stay tuned! And thank YOU again for your version of Andes Off, the lower octave idea that re-scores that for guitar instead of the plinky Charango does add warmth to it.
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Found_Sounds said 2676 days ago (April 23rd, 2010)
Don Quixote
would be proud. A great find!
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drakonis said 2672 days ago (April 27th, 2010)
Tilt!
So happy that you found this sound to your liking. Thank you for contributing time and spouse to make this a reality.
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ConnieO said 2676 days ago (April 23rd, 2010)
Pretty, Thoughtful, Spanish styling
Ahhh...this brings memories of Spain. Nice collab. Both of you did a wonderful job.
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drakonis said 2672 days ago (April 27th, 2010)
Perhaps someday...
Maybe I will be as lucky as you, and have my own memories of Spain :-) Not yet though, I must invent them for now. Maureen's awesome!
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Macaudion said 2676 days ago (April 23rd, 2010)
Miiister Char...
Man you got me that time... (and I'm sure it was me getting me) I'm sitting here just freaken puzzled, as to how you got such a beautiful human feel from a midi guitar... Sitting here and listening... reading... salivating... turning as green as one could be w/ envy going..., man... I'm gonna have to really buddy up to that Drak and see if he'll share w/ me how he got a computer to sound so warm and human... Doing my half-assed reading, it took me a while and a few times to get to where I'm reading that you were fortunate enough to have recruited such the talent as what Mureen is seemingly, effortlessly sharing w/ us on this beautiful beautiful piece! Though, the reading took so long because not only was I taken aback by the guitar performance, but the percussive work on this had me fully "mezzed-more-to-the rise" of my shameful envy... But you know..., it's hard to not wanna celebrate w/ you for having worked up such wonderful piece of art here! So, as my nephs would say, it's all good, man! And indeed it is! Definitely took one for the road to enjoy and study! Still gonna buddy up to ya tho! Maybe you'll share how ya got such a wonderful, perfectly flowing and fitting, percussion action outta those plastics, metals and 000 and 111s... huh?... how'd you do that? GeeZZ! And now that I'm done hyper-focusing on my "green wear", I guess I can bother to mention that all other elements you've written/arranged/performed on this..., well..., I guess they're not so bad either... hee hee - Sorry! Gotta save some gush for other mjrs, but I'm thinking that you're getting how I'm feeling about your work here... Thanks for sharing, Miiister Sirrr EDuard! Lil ol me
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drakonis said 2672 days ago (April 27th, 2010)
What the...?
Well, Maureen did a super job playing this, didn't she? And you know, I always struggle with percussion, good rhythm is just too complicated for my brain... so having you mention that the rhythms and instruments here get a thumbs up from you, mister amazing-rhythm-machine, well, I guess you can see me smiling from ear to ear now too, huh? So I should do more like that then... I actually did spend a lot of time fiddling with the drums and bells and marimba to smooth out transitions. Your turn... come on down to San Diego sometime, and we'll play in the dragon's den with all those 1's and 0's of mine, I have extras for you!
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PaulaMunk said 2676 days ago (April 24th, 2010)
Oh my,
this is some virtuoso playing by Maureen. One of your sweetest tunes, Eduard. :)
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drakonis said 2672 days ago (April 28th, 2010)
I didn't make it easy...
Especially since I didn't think I would be subjecting a real human to these notes I crafted onto the page back when I wrote that... I re-did it a bit to make it more guitar-ish when she said she would play it, but even still, she really did well on this, I agree with you! Thank you for enjoying the music, cuz.
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Henke said 2676 days ago (April 24th, 2010)
This has that good old
Harmony Assistant feel to it - and it works great! Perfect for the piece, but also some sweet additions by Maureen. Not only can I see the Don half-slumbering on his bed, I'm practically there myself. Very nice!

/Henke
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drakonis said 2672 days ago (April 28th, 2010)
put you to sleep, huh?
Yes, this was one of my early HA pieces, and although I recently re-worked it to give it more variety, it is still pretty "even"... I need more practice, and need you to prod me to do better, thanks! I see you read the story and you think that it and the music work well together, despite the stilted feel. Good feedback!
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guitapick said 2676 days ago (April 24th, 2010)
Sweet piece...
...the music box/celeste is the perfect complement to the guitar...very nice...mystery with a childlike innocence....
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drakonis said 2672 days ago (April 28th, 2010)
bells and strings
always a nice combination in my ear... yours too? Mystery/innocence is a good ambivalent mood to convey... thank you for listening, Bob!
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Sirens_Headband said 2676 days ago (April 24th, 2010)
syncopated
A definite fav and well thought out. A true composition. This is one of those melodies that follows you around.
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drakonis said 2672 days ago (April 28th, 2010)
sticky melody...
I have always wanted to write music that had melodies that got stuck in the listener's head... so if this one crawled in and took up cranial residence, I call it a success! Thank you for the compliments and the comment, Daug! I'll never get to polyrhythmic polymodal music, but I'm still learning stuff!
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billykirsch said 2676 days ago (April 24th, 2010)
Beautiful
What a collab! Excellent guitar playing and guitar sound. Loved it. That sound of wood and nylon strings is hard to capture naturally.
Great combination of instruments and influences Eduard. To me it sounds Spanish, with Celtic rhythms and Mexican trumpets.
I see you really liked the melody: you couldn't let it finish! :-) Well, eventually you did, but the vibe is you didn't want it to end. Very expressive ending in that sense.

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drakonis said 2672 days ago (April 28th, 2010)
never quite goes away...
Hi Billy, I don't know if you read the story in the description, but I try to explain why the melody returns at the very end :-) And yes, I think this is a bit of a fusion piece, a little bit of European and New World feel... perhaps all of my music is that way, given that I cannot settle on any one style to be in love with :-) I think Maureen's acoustic guitar part was indeed the icing on the cake here, and really made it work. I appreciate you listening and offering your thoughts, they help guide me.
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billykirsch said 2671 days ago (April 29th, 2010)
Drak
Oops, yeah, I didn't read the story to the end... I jumped to the comments as soon as I read "Don Quixote". Go figure, I may have ADHD :-)
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Roxylee said 2675 days ago (April 24th, 2010)
Sweet addition
Maureen, the guitar sounds great! It adds a sweet touch to Eduard's fine composition.
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drakonis said 2672 days ago (April 28th, 2010)
some cool people here...
on Macjams, don't you think? You're one of them, and with a little work, we'll get Maureen on here with her own account soon! :-) A great addition. Thank you for listening, m'lady.
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scofugate said 2675 days ago (April 24th, 2010)
Top Notch
Top Shelf, All 10's in my book. what wonderful playing here. Moving and beautiful!!!
Triple Kudos!!!
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drakonis said 2672 days ago (April 28th, 2010)
She did it
She navigated my strange guitar parts, added a little flair of her own, and made this shine! Thank you for enjoying our collab, Scott!
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richard13 said 2675 days ago (April 24th, 2010)
Bravo and Brava!
This is wonderful. Very fine playing and whatever Eduard did ;-) Thanks for the d/l.

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drakonis said 2672 days ago (April 28th, 2010)
"Whatever Eduard did..."
ROFL! All I did was upload this so people could hear it... actually. Pushed a button, easy. :-)

Seriously though, Maureen added beauty to this, and I am indebted to her. And you listened, commented and made me laugh and smile, and so I am indebted to you too, Richard, thank you! Oh wait, you downloaded it? OK, we're even.
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fasteddie said 2675 days ago (April 24th, 2010)
Wow
Maureen plays her part so wonderfully. As always your production is top notch.

All around fantastic.
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drakonis said 2672 days ago (April 28th, 2010)
these guitarists...
they are magical beasts. I envy their talents. I guess it is like seeing dragons as magical beasts, and envying their talons. But not quite the same. Glad you enjoyed the ride!
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davisamerica2 said 2675 days ago (April 24th, 2010)
Beautiful piece of music!
Thank you Eduard and Maureen. And yes, the classical guitar brings a warm, personal touch to this pleasurable tune. More please.
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drakonis said 2671 days ago (April 29th, 2010)
second helpings...
Very happy to bring warm pleasure to your plate. We'll see what we can cook up next! Thank you Terry, for your great musical presence here too!
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ktb said 2674 days ago (April 25th, 2010)
Quixotic Dreams
Dreams indeed. Very cool sound. I love the way it weaves together, and dances around. Maureen did a great job, and the mix captures it beautifully.
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drakonis said 2671 days ago (April 29th, 2010)
weaving a tapestry
Glad you enjoyed the interplay, I tried to make it dance and weave without totally losing the thread of the story.
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lengold said 2674 days ago (April 26th, 2010)
Really love
that gorgeous melody. Beautifully played and produced.
Cheers
Len

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drakonis said 2671 days ago (April 29th, 2010)
so glad...
I always want to find some melody that really stands out, this one was one that just wouldn't leave me alone until I wrote it down. And having Maureen play it was such a pleasure. Thank you Len.
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Honza said 2674 days ago (April 26th, 2010)
enchanting
... it feels almost like fairies dance in the forest, although the story with the music box sounds great too :) Very nice and decent instrumentation throughout ... I like the ending, sounds like the spirits are dancing slowly away. Good work!
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drakonis said 2671 days ago (April 29th, 2010)
magical music...
your music has a magical quality. I'm happy to know this got your imagination inspired! And knowing that the ending works is nice. Mark Holbrook heard a preview and specifically suggested I repeat/lengthen the ending echo, so he gets credit for the longer fade.
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MannequinRaces said 2674 days ago (April 26th, 2010)
Dreams
This is super! Love all the celeste and music box sounds. The guitar is a great compliment. What a great collaboration! Nice ending. Well done!
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drakonis said 2671 days ago (April 29th, 2010)
fun collab
It was so nice to work with Maureen on this, she really did a great job playing my quirky music! Glad you liked how it came out!
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ted23 said 2673 days ago (April 26th, 2010)
That
guitar sounds sweet, as does the whole thing. bewitching, captivating, charming, enthralling, enticing, spellbinding, enchanting are all words you'll find linked in a thesaurus. Luckily they all apply. As does "Brilliant"

drakonis said 2665 days ago (May 4th, 2010)
I'm at a loss for words...
but I see you are not! Wow, what a wonderful collection of adjectives to throw our way. So very excited that this hit the spot for you, thank you for listening and letting us know!
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Bethan_Mathis said 2672 days ago (April 27th, 2010)
So wonderful but
I can't get it to play very well, keeps cutting out but boy do I get the jist.
A most compelling piece, will have to come back soon.
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drakonis said 2665 days ago (May 4th, 2010)
Volcanum Interruptus
Perhaps it is a bit of ash in the internet? Hopefully the disturbance dies down and you can listen to MJ music again. It is good to know that you liked what you heard though... look forward to seeing you back again, Bethan.
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ShadowofNine said 2672 days ago (April 28th, 2010)
Wonderful piece..
has a strong Latin feel, and is adorable and well performed..
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drakonis said 2665 days ago (May 4th, 2010)
I always liked that feel...
Hi Dave, glad you liked it... Maureen really did great with this!
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Bob6stringer said 2672 days ago (April 28th, 2010)
¡Olé! - such a treat, such a jewel.
Oh, good, the word "gorgeous" hasn't been used yet on this page -- oh, wait, lengold beat me to it. That's okay... it is that and so much more. Congratulations on this piece. Your sensibility as a composer shines so brightly here. And Maureen has done a great turn for you, for us all, here. ¡Olé!
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drakonis said 2665 days ago (May 4th, 2010)
She sparkles...
Maureen really added a lot to this... it is so nice to get away from the stilted MIDI instruments, and have a gifted human touch. You're lucky, you can do that yourself! :-) Thank you for listening and appreciating her work, and mine too... good to know you liked it!
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GandC said 2672 days ago (April 28th, 2010)
Just great
I really like this,so much cool creativity,more please!!
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drakonis said 2665 days ago (May 4th, 2010)
slow wheels of creativity
More please? OK, coming right up... in a month or two. I'm terribly slow at getting time to make these, but I'm certainly enjoying the ability to. Thank you for listening and enjoying, and also thank you for YOUR creative Bluegrass music, wonderful stuff!
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Sigmund said 2671 days ago (April 28th, 2010)
Quixotic Dreams
It takes a couple of listens to really pick up on the subtle intricasies between the various percussive intruments and the classical guitar. Kinda like a question / answer thing going on. Makes for an interesting listen. Your production is very good - it has a nice live feel to it. The guitar is bold and very clean yet maybe a bit rigid - I would love to hear Maureen let loose...just a bit. I like your direction of late, Eduard - very nice work - thanks!
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drakonis said 2665 days ago (May 4th, 2010)
Soaring guitars
Thank you for listening carefully to the back-and-forth that I wove into this... glad you liked that. I shipped off the rigid guitar part I wrote to Maureen, who played it pretty much as I had it written... my fault, not hers. If I actually PLAYED guitar, I would likely write the guitar part in a more fluid manner. Hopefully *when* our next collab happens, she will take over more and fill in places that I never thought of. Thanks again for the detailed thoughts, very helpful!
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kristyjo said 2664 days ago (May 6th, 2010)
Great combination
I always love hearing combinations that I would have never imagined. the mallets and classical guitar are perfect together. The far off trumpet near the end is an inspired touch. Maureen - this is a nice performance on guitar, too.
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drakonis said 2664 days ago (May 6th, 2010)
wonders of GarageBand
One of the things I love about GB is that I can easily try those wacky couplings to see if they work... however, I am not sure what part of my brain makes me think to try them in the first place :-) I wasn't too sure if the trumpet would be a good idea (especially since it began to distract from the main two voices), so I tried to keep it distant... glad to hear that you feel this worked, thank you. Maureen's playing from my printed score was very exciting, and I think she did a great job as well!

Thank you for listening and commenting, Kristine, I always value your thoughts on my music.
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BirdmanWayne94 said 2660 days ago (May 9th, 2010)
It seems...
... that the Awgize family is pretty talented. Gotta get them together in a song or 2 now...

I'm lovin' the 'live' guitar thing here. Great arrangement, great performance, and an all-around great piece!


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drakonis said 2660 days ago (May 9th, 2010)
These classical guitarists...
they captivate me. She did a great job learning this and playing it in a single day! Thank you for enjoying my music and Maureen's performance here, Yeman!

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paul f. page said 2660 days ago (May 9th, 2010)
It twinkles...
and twinkles...and twinkles...
What a delicate little song. Nice playing from all and just a tiny bit of delightfulness to tintinabulate in my ears.
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drakonis said 2659 days ago (May 11th, 2010)
just a tiny bit
That's good enough for me. You always have to be careful dancing with delicate music box ladies, their arms break off so easily. Thank you Paul for listening... your comments always bring delightfulness to my day.
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ste said 2659 days ago (May 11th, 2010)
like the
guitar and the space you've allowed for it. great instrumentation, esp the trumpets. you've really managed to convey the idea. nice job - very pro
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drakonis said 2659 days ago (May 11th, 2010)
Care and feeding of trumpets
I had a lot of trouble with the trumpet players, they tend to travel in packs and take over my compositions like a gang of ruffians. The Brass! It was all I could do to tame their parts and tell them to play nicely in the corner, and I finally had to kick out all but one, and watch him like a hawk, and finally the piece sounded a lot better, and didn't become a trumpet concerto. :-) Balance is tricky. Thank you for listening and commenting on the instrumentation aspect of this.
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TracyVosh said 2658 days ago (May 12th, 2010)
YES!
This is a sweet collab, Eduard and Maureen. I love the whimsical feel of this...it makes me smile!
drakonis said 2657 days ago (May 12th, 2010)
The world needs more smiles
And more music. I am very happy to know you heard and enjoyed whimsy... and I bet Maureen does too. Thank you for listening and commenting! Looking forward to your next piece too.
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telo12 said 2657 days ago (May 12th, 2010)
Quixotic Dreams
A very interesting comp.dreamy as it says nice guitar with an spanish flavour ,I had a good time listening and I thank you guys for the moment of joy.
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drakonis said 2657 days ago (May 12th, 2010)
across oceans...
It is good to bring you a moment of joy, since your music brings that over here to me too. Thank you for listening to this piece. Maureen played it well, which I am very grateful for, since I cannot play anything except maybe checkers. :-)
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Doug Somers said 2655 days ago (May 14th, 2010)
A dance of melodies
The back and forth between the celesta and the guitar is lovely here Eduard. And the overall Spanish feel is spot on. You really evolve the music just we you wrote above, and the ending with the reluctance of the end of the dance as well as the fading into memory is skillfully handled.

Romantique, intimate and charming. Congrats you two!! Gorgeous work.

Doug

PS - I'm disappointed about not getting any good puns in here about dancers or Quixotic moments.
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drakonis said 2655 days ago (May 14th, 2010)
Quix on your feet...
Doug, so I did OK on passing the melody back and forth? I agonized over that and tweaked it here and there a lot... whew! The ending was too short, and Mark Holbrook suggested repeating it to let it fade more slowly (I have such an aversion to fades, but this piece called for it in this way.) Maureen picked up the score, practiced, and recorded it IN A DAY! Wow, she's amazing. Thank you for enjoying the work here.
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Catalina22 said 2583 days ago (July 26th, 2010)
Delightful
I loved concurrently reading your revision of Don Quixote's story while listening to the song--a thoroughly enjoyable experience! Both of you have really put together something wonderfully original here. Who'da thunk it? A song that simultaneously recalls Spain and a music box. Great work. :)
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drakonis said 2583 days ago (July 26th, 2010)
Multiple aspects...
Hey Cortney, thank you for not only enjoying the music and talent of Maureen on guitar here, but also liking the story I wrote to go with it (I don't often get feedback on the stories I write up there, so your comment tickled me!) Glad to transport you...
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Alannah said 2576 days ago (August 1st, 2010)
Very Nice ....
I like the blending of all the instrumental sounds .. and the guitar is the cherry on top ! I would still like to hear a Maure-Ember too of course ..... nice work you two !
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drakonis said 2572 days ago (August 5th, 2010)
MaurEmber
Wait... you know that she sang on an Ember already? http://www.macjams.com/song/53790

Or do you mean to have her create one all her own, which would be cool... maybe if we both hint at her, she'll do it :-)

Thank you for listening and enjoying, Alannah.

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Alannah said 2556 days ago (August 22nd, 2010)
OH yeah ....
.. well it WAS 419 days ago ...... I had to return and re-listen ......
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CrazeeFlootGrrl said 2572 days ago (August 5th, 2010)
Quixotic Dreams v2
Ok starters that's hard to type! lol Nice arrangement! A little more variation would have been nice though... Thanks for sharing!
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drakonis said 2572 days ago (August 5th, 2010)
variation is the spice of life..
I agree, and I always need more twists and turns in my music, thank you for listening and suggesting improvements, always welcomed Jess! I shall work on that in my stuff.
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RosaLinda said 2499 days ago (October 18th, 2010)
Sweet!
and I liked that guitarplayer as well:)
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drakonis said 2499 days ago (October 18th, 2010)
Thank you!
And I heard a rumor that this sweet guitar player is about to post another tune of mine soon.

Welcome to Macjams, and thank you for sharing your wonderful music with us, Linda.

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alfredthepelican said 2482 days ago (November 3rd, 2010)
Thanks Eduard
Very nicely textured inventive instrumental. Be good to listen to download on player.Thanks.
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drakonis said 2482 days ago (November 3rd, 2010)
Enjoy the plays & strums
Glad you enjoyed the music... isn't Maureen grand? It is very exciting to have somebody actually be interested in playing my music live, so having her play & record this has been a very special treat for me, and now you get to enjoy it too! Thanks for stopping in. Hope you get a chance to poke around at some of my music videos too.
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lholden said 2376 days ago (February 17th, 2011)
Just gorgeous
The conversation between the instruments is truly beautiful! What a sweet, well-recorded composition!! Thanks for sharing.
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drakonis said 2376 days ago (February 17th, 2011)
Conversations intertwined
that was EXACTLY what I was going for in the composition, and I am absolutely delighted that Maureen chose to actually play this on her guitar for me! Since I am not skilled at really playing anything at all (except maybe Scrabble,) it is thrilling to hear my music performed, and so nicely too, yay Maureen! Thank you for dropping in to listen to more of my pieces, Laurie.
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FatherTime said 2244 days ago (June 30th, 2011)
spanish instrumental with tinges of sadness
I really enjoyed this. It was ambitious yet unassuming. It could've even been a little slower I thought, but I loved the choices of instruments in the ensemble. very nice parts near ending.
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drakonis said 2244 days ago (June 30th, 2011)
I love slow dances
Perhaps a little slower would work too... happy to know you thought it was smoothly assembled. I appreciate your thoughts and enjoyment of this piece, thank you.
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awigze said 2231 days ago (July 13th, 2011)
Drakreen
came back for a listen and my margarita.
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