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Dad's March II (2010)


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It's my father's birthday and as I did last year at the same time, I have created a new march to celebrate the occasion. I had originally planned to do something in 6/8 for this year but alas the muses are not to be directed so narrowly and here we are again with something in 4 instead. This time the piece has an original composition for the first part (I hope it's original !) and the middle is an arrangement of the traditional folk song Farewell to Nova Scotia. The piece finishes up with a reprise of the original theme with a busier instrumentation.

The massed pipes from the package Ra are part of this piece, and while they are hard to get right in the recording and playing, mixed with the rest of the band they come out reasonably well. I had thought of using Scotland the Brave as well (popular in Nova Scotia) but since it is already a march, there would be a bit more originality in arranging a folk song instead. That said, something tells me I have heard Farewell to Nova Scotia as a march as well at some point.

Happy Birthday Dad!

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awigze said 2741 days ago (June 12th, 2010)
OH yES
Happy Birthday Dad.... Good son!!!!!
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Doug Somers said 2738 days ago (June 15th, 2010)
Firsty
Thanks Andy. Sorry I didn't have any sax samples at hand. Otherwise I would have put them in the band too ;)

Appreciate the feedback!

Doug


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PaulaMunk said 2741 days ago (June 12th, 2010)
I love this.
Bagpipes! What a lucky Dad. Please forward wishes for a Happy Birthday, even if somewhat belated. :)
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Doug Somers said 2738 days ago (June 15th, 2010)
A Bagpipe fan too !
Pretty cool. Your wishes for my Dad were still in time - his big day is actually the 13th. He reads these comments and I know appreciates all the good wishes.

Thanks for your comments Ms. Munk - always a pleasure to hear from you.

Cheers,
Doug
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drakonis said 2741 days ago (June 12th, 2010)
Wow!
Such a realistic recording... I can smell the gum on the sidewalk! Super arrangement and great-sounding instruments, love the trumpets and trombones here, and nice piccolo part. I'm in awe, so much for me to learn. Happy birthday proud Dad, and what a grand tribute!
ttfn,
Drakonis
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Doug Somers said 2738 days ago (June 15th, 2010)
Gum on the sidewalk
Thanks for your comments Eduard. From someone else who does orchestral arrangements it means a lot. Funny about the piccolo since I normally play on the keyboard then edit what I capture, but for that line I did a couple of trial runs and just went with the last capture. I'm glad you like what came out.

Thanks for the BDay wishes to my dad too!!

Take care,
Doug
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alackbass said 2740 days ago (June 13th, 2010)
Dad's March II (2010)
The real deal and something you just don't hear everyday at MJ. I'll echo Char, "Bagpipes! What a lucky dad."
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Doug Somers said 2736 days ago (June 17th, 2010)
Not a lot of marching 'round here
I had never thought of composing a march until last year when I was trying to think of a birthday present for my dad. It seemed to come together pretty easily - almost too easily. I heard a lot of marches growing up and I have really no idea if what I think is original truly is my work or a re-surfaced memory.

And bagpipes - I thought that would be fun. Glad you liked it!

Cheers,
Doug
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richard13 said 2740 days ago (June 13th, 2010)
Happy birthday and now, Happy Father's Day!
What a fine son you are Doug, composing these stirring marches for your dad. (Is there no marching music genre?) Nicely done.
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Doug Somers said 2736 days ago (June 17th, 2010)
Marching Genre
No, there isn't a marching genre I could find, although I expect the number of marches that are on MJ is close to nil so no surprises there.

Still, glad you like the little tune and thanks for having a listen.

Cheers,
Doug
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kassia said 2740 days ago (June 13th, 2010)
lucky dad
a super cool tradition you've started of writing these marches for your dad. I really enjoyed last year's and this one is just as grand. excellent sound quality. i was in marching band for many years in my youth and truly, marching is all about the percussion - and you've NAILED it here. a wonderful piece full of great energy. i'm sure your dad will love it.
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Doug Somers said 2736 days ago (June 17th, 2010)
Late in getting back to people
Thanks for your comments Kassia. If the percussion was up to snuff for someone who was really in a marching band (I wasn't - I did play marches in the school band but there was no walking around!) then I'm pleased. I was looking for samples for the kind of snare drums that are played in pipe bands but couldn't find any so I used some EQ on regular snares to take out the lower components - it was an approximation at least.

The EWQL samples are quite good, and some of the other samples (bassoon I think) were from JP orchestra. I had hoped to find a Euphonium but no luck so went with the bassoon.

Thanks for your supportive comments Kassia - much appreciated!

Doug
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Jarvoid said 2740 days ago (June 14th, 2010)
Cool marching
band emulation,nice one Doug,and as it was Father's Day here on 12th June apt as well,loads of Dad's got a march!

Jarvo
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Doug Somers said 2736 days ago (June 17th, 2010)
I keep forgetting
that Father's Day is earlier in the UK. Well I hope the Fathers right round the world who like military music find something in this little ditty.

Cheers,
Doug
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Hickling_Stan said 2739 days ago (June 14th, 2010)
Different
Well this is not something you hear every day on MJ. I was on holiday in scotland two weeks ago, I could have done with this on the ipod whilst skirting the lochs!! Cheers Mark
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Doug Somers said 2736 days ago (June 17th, 2010)
A MacJams Rarity
It would have been good for keeping pace if you listened to this whilst skirting the lochs. Thanks Mark for stopping by for a listen.

Cheers,
Doug
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Bowman said 2739 days ago (June 14th, 2010)
Canada
can now claim to have its own John Philip Sousa.
Your dad should live to be at least 200 so we can continue to have such lovely stirring compositions by his loving and talented son. Terrific Doug.
Cheers,
Charlie
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Doug Somers said 2736 days ago (June 17th, 2010)
Flattery will get you everywhere Charlie
You are way too kind.

Many thanks!
Doug
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davisamerica said 2739 days ago (June 14th, 2010)
so....
one of the best memories I have is a vacation to Niagra on the Lake in Canada. One summer early on a Sat morn was awakened by the sound of bag pipes..and across the street was a 15 piece bag pipe troop warming up for the "Peach Festival" later in the day. We parade was a hoot complete with bag pipes and marching band... Doug you made me smile!!
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Doug Somers said 2736 days ago (June 17th, 2010)
I'm off
to Niagara on the lake next week by coincidence. Not sure if I will hear any bands tho'.

If you got a smile from this then I get a smile too. A nice self replicating gift :)

Thanks for having a listen!
Doug
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lengold said 2738 days ago (June 15th, 2010)
Well, that
was something totally different and very, very impressive. Thought they were British soldiers at first. Enjoyed.
Cheers
Len

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Doug Somers said 2736 days ago (June 17th, 2010)
I could say the same comment
'different and very, very impressive' about your Stab Me as well. Whew!

Glad you enjoyed it Len. I really appreciate your kind words.

They look like British soldiers don't they - customs from the motherland and all.

Cheers,
Doug
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VicDiesel said 2737 days ago (June 16th, 2010)
Energetic!
I like the brass melody best. It's very energetic. I hope your father is equally sprightly!
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Doug Somers said 2736 days ago (June 17th, 2010)
Sprightly
Yes, my dad gets out for a brisk 1 hour walk most days. I recall seeing him coming toward me recently and thinking 'who is this fellow charging along the path like that?'. It was dad.

Thanks for checking in Vic.

Be well,
Doug
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bud said 2736 days ago (June 17th, 2010)
Cheers to your Pops
and what a fine tribute. Really love the arrangement and energy of this piece.
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Doug Somers said 2736 days ago (June 17th, 2010)
Thanks Bud
There is an energy to 120 bpm marches that gets the blood going - especially if you're walking.

Thanks for the good wishes (from me and my dad)!

Cheers,
Doug
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michaeljayklein said 2736 days ago (June 17th, 2010)
Now this was different!
And very well done too! Magnificent work on this and very invigorating. Thanks again and keep up the especially fine work! Michael
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Doug Somers said 2735 days ago (June 18th, 2010)
It sounds like we're both bringing something a little different
to MacJams. Thanks for the kind words Michael. I value your supportive comments.

Cheers,
Doug
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Dadai.2 said 2735 days ago (June 18th, 2010)
a grand marching...
sound. Sousa ain't got nothing on you. Well composed Doug, and played/executed to a high level of realism.

D
Doug Somers said 2735 days ago (June 18th, 2010)
Maybe I inherited a bit of the Sousa gene
Actually it was more like what is described in Outliers - I probably spent 10,000 hours listening to marches while growing up. Thanks so much for having a listen and leaving such generous thoughts.

Be well,
Doug

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guitapick said 2722 days ago (July 1st, 2010)
Thanks Doug...
...I'm late to this, but it's a nice extension of an occasion that should be marked more than just once a year...

;)

Up and jumpin! Love it!

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Doug Somers said 2711 days ago (July 12th, 2010)
Never late when on MacJams
(or else I'd be always late!)

Glad you enjoyed the march Bob. I have enough other half baked (? !!) projects on the go that I doubt I'd do another march before next year, but you never know.

Cheers, and thanks for the comments.
Doug
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RAVENS said 2710 days ago (July 13th, 2010)
Wow
Well here's a great big {Happy Birthday} to your Dad. This is just wonderful, sounds so good through my headphones. Great composition!

RAVEN ;-)
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Doug Somers said 2667 days ago (August 25th, 2010)
Hey, thanks Raven
I went for a sense of realism with this one and it looks like it passes muster for you.

Thanks for your comments, they are much appreciated.

Cheers,
Doug
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ste said 2680 days ago (August 12th, 2010)
wow
well composed and mixed. i wouldn't have a chance of doing owt like this.
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Doug Somers said 2667 days ago (August 25th, 2010)
You never know
Many years ago I wouldn't have either. As time goes by there are parts of music that just seem to make intuitive sense to me and so what I couldn't conceive of in the past becomes part of what I now do. It's very odd, and has little or nothing to do with actual directed learning about music. I think it arises mainly from trying things out and listening to what other composers have done. Not much help, I suppose, but there you are.

Thanks for stopping by!

Doug
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Calchas said 2671 days ago (August 21st, 2010)
Hi Doug!
I remember the original march. This one is really very lively! Lovely celtic melody interspersed with the Sousa-like general thrust of the piece. Very enjoyable this!

Good to find you posting again my friend!

Be well!
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Doug Somers said 2667 days ago (August 25th, 2010)
Mr. Michael
I call it a Celtic sandwich. Actually the style is familiar to anyone who has attended a military tattoo in a place with any thread of Scottish heritage.

Yes, not as much posting lately. I try to work up to each piece and give them time to fully bake. It's slow, but steady. Thanks for the kind words,

Doug
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paul f. page said 2667 days ago (August 25th, 2010)
Oh, wow!
First, I think the composition/arrangement is really wonderful. Such a joy to hear this pleasant music, all fit for a sunny day, a crowd of cheering onlookers/listeners, a parade, and festivity all around.
Second, your ability to get such realistic sounds out of digital horns and trumpets just floors me. I'm not sure I need to get them...but I NEED TO GET THEM. Send me some info, please. ... You have mixed the whole conflagration together with your characteristic panache and, I think, have created a superlative March for which your dad can be justifiably pleased and proud. What a fantastic tribute.

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Doug Somers said 2667 days ago (August 25th, 2010)
Hi Paul,
First thank you for the most generous feedback. You are always free with your support.

I thought I would answer your question about the packages here in case others had a similar question. The most realistic sounds come from EastWest QuantumLeap Symphony Orchestra (trumpets, flutes, trombone, tuba, glock, clarinets and piccolo). There are a few sounds from the Vienna Symphony Library subset that comes with Kontakt 3 (cymbals and snare drum), and the Jam Pack Orchestra was used for staccato french horns, tromobnes, piccolo and bassoons. I used the JP instruments because they don't take up much memory/CPU (which I'm really pressed for) and the staccato sounds don't get the same kind of aural scrutiny as the legato sounds. Finally QL Ra was used for the bagpipe ensemble.

There you have it!

Thanks again Paul!
Doug
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DWL said 2666 days ago (August 27th, 2010)
I'm impressed
with what you've done with digital instruments (and I've just seen that Paul said the same)

This is really very effective, I hope your Dad appreciated it!

Cheers

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Doug Somers said 2649 days ago (September 12th, 2010)
Cheers Dick
Yes, my dad did like this one. Thanks for the kind comments about the digital instruments - I think for this kind of piece you should aim for as much realism as you can put together.

Best wishes,
Doug
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Parichayaka said 2606 days ago (October 25th, 2010)
Well done! Once again.
Even fuller and more refined. Like I said last year, what a truly wonderful way to honor your father! You can almost feel the joy he must get every time he listens to this. Excellent handling of the many instrumental layers!
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Doug Somers said 2604 days ago (October 27th, 2010)
Good call
My dad has said that he really enjoys the marches, and has played them for his friends and neighbours as well. It's nice to have work so well received.

Thank you for your kind words as always!

Be well,
Doug
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Dragonas said 2413 days ago (May 6th, 2011)
Wonderful
Great adaptation and arrangement!
Your Dad must be proud I'm sure, Happy Belated Birthday!

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Cheers,
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Doug Somers said 2396 days ago (May 23rd, 2011)
Thanks for stopping by
I did indeed go over and was given a real treat by what I heard. Thanks for letting me know.

I appreciate your supportive comments!

Doug
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