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Dulce's DADication - Instrumental


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drakonis

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This is a tune that I grew up with... it would often be floating through our home, coming from the upright piano in our living room.

My dad was a "renaissance man", knowledgeable in electronics, geography, art, physics, music, inventor of numerous patented things, and he inspired a similar insatiable curiosity of the world in me. The above photo of him was taken in 1957.

He was the one playing this tune on the piano when I was young. I believe it is his own original tune, but if anyone recognizes it, please let me know! I only remembered the main verse, and I have arranged and played that live on my mountain dulcimer "Dulce" in this recording. The chorus is my own invention/addition. I also pencilled in some simple (MIDI) hand-drum and oboe accompaniment.

One of the common tunings on a mountain dulcimer is (ironically) DAD, however I have Dulce tuned down a whole step to CGC here. If you don't believe that I am actually playing this, I can have Shay (Kassia) vouch for me, as she has seen me play this piece live for her.

This is dedicated to my dad, who passed away last year from emphysema caused by life-long smoking. It was devastating to watch him in the last decade of his life, as the lack of oxygen from his damaged lungs slowly destroyed that beautiful mind.

Special thanks to Karen (Magnatone) who graciously offered last-minute suggestions to fix the mix.
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Uploaded: Jul 31, 2010 - 12:59:00 PM
Last Updated: Jul 31, 2010 - 12:59:00 PM Last Played: Nov 16, 2016 - 01:16:15 PM
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Dulce - Mountain Dulcimer, AKG Perception condensor mic
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Comments
kassia said 2641 days ago (July 31st, 2010)
FIRST!
oh yeah baby
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drakonis said 2640 days ago (August 1st, 2010)
the VERY first
good to see you, as always, first or last, Shay :-)
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alackbass said 2641 days ago (July 31st, 2010)
Dulce's DADication - Instrumental
Now there's something you don't hear everyday. So renaissance man runs in the family I guess. Nice one Eduard. Although I would have ending with a fade out. LOL
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drakonis said 2640 days ago (August 1st, 2010)
unique
I guess it does, a nice thing to pass down... thank you for listening and actually if you listen very closely, you can here the string vibration on that last strummed chord slowly fade out, all by itself ;-)
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Char said 2641 days ago (July 31st, 2010)
I think
it is a variation of Simple Gifts. Good job. :)
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drakonis said 2640 days ago (August 1st, 2010)
Ooh, it does sound similar, thanks!
There is enough difference to make me wonder if he was doing a variation on it, or had just come up with his own tune that just happens to sound really close... hmm... I will never know. Thank you for the Shaker/Copland reference!
ttfn,
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kassia said 2641 days ago (July 31st, 2010)
simple gifts
this is beautiful in its simplicity. YES! I have definitely heard (and seen) you play this. this recorded version is sweet and heartfelt. i very much like the oboe and hand drum additions. i think the sounds work wonderfully with Dulce. I would have liked for the oboe to play more, perhaps in a more established descant/counter-melody. very nice dragon!
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drakonis said 2640 days ago (August 1st, 2010)
More oboe, no cowbell
I hear ye, I had thought about more oboe and even had it throughout at one earlier point, but I also wanted this to be *mostly* a dulcimer piece, and you caught me not thinking too hard about a real counter-melody, but instead just some supporting harmony touches. I have also been toying with the idea of a singer instead of oboe, maybe someday.
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Social_Ice said 2641 days ago (July 31st, 2010)
ah.....sweet memories....
this is a lovely tune Count Drak.... To all of our dads whose influence remains a constant ~ may they live in our hearts forever. ~barbara
drakonis said 2640 days ago (August 1st, 2010)
dad in our hearts
And I hope also to be one of those dads for my children... thank you so much for listening and offering such a heartfelt thought.
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magnatone said 2641 days ago (July 31st, 2010)
DAD
oh eduard, this turned out so well, and has such a loving energy to it - and now i understand why that is! thanks for the sneak peak, you're getting some chops on that dulcimer!
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drakonis said 2640 days ago (August 1st, 2010)
dulcimer chops
Yes, all I need now is to sign up for that 3-week Dulcimer-boot camp in Florida with Bing Futch! :-) Well, if he offered such a thing, anyway. Thank you for listening and offering your help... I adjusted the drumbeats and slid them around a bit to tighten the timing, but my playing is still all over the place... I just... can't... hit... the... beat... with... the... metronome! As VicD points out below :-)
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perceptualvortex said 2641 days ago (July 31st, 2010)
Sweet
The tone on the dulcimer really is sweet and rich. This is a great mix. Your story for this is inspiring and sad, and I think this is an excellent dedication. Good work, Eduard.
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drakonis said 2640 days ago (August 1st, 2010)
Great to see you back around, Dave!
Thanks! This dulcimer just rings and sings, I love her tone. My dad was a great guy, and was indeed inspiring in many ways. Hopefully the story about his smoking will be inspiring in its own way... it certainly kept me from ever starting.
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Symphony101 said 2641 days ago (July 31st, 2010)
This is beautiful Eduard
This piece has a great history and it's a beautiful inspiration. Musically speaking, it's nicely performed and produced. I'm so happy to hear your works again.
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drakonis said 2640 days ago (August 1st, 2010)
You are kind...
Yves, I am just a beginner on the dulcimer, but I have been practicing more lately. And of course, learning to play an instrument (or sing, or write music, or mix, or create anything) gives me a great appreciation of those who are really good at it... like you. Keep it up!
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kevmikwa said 2641 days ago (July 31st, 2010)
Got me emotional
I always read the Descriptions before I press play. Songs like this are the reason why. Such a beautiful setup and a loving dedication. I can picture a younger dragon listening to this from an adjoining room

Simply orchestrated, your dulcimer does the heavy lifting - good thing it's so rich in tone and well-recorded here. I'm glad you were able to capture this tune, infuse it with love and record it for the ages. I appreciate you sharing the song and the story.
drakonis said 2640 days ago (August 1st, 2010)
such a big heart you have...
Mike, you are always very attentive and thoughtful, in everything you do. It takes two to share, so thank YOU for sharing with me too.
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ktb said 2641 days ago (July 31st, 2010)
Can
hear the heart in this. Some renaissance in this I might add. The dulce and the oboe sound serene to me. Beautifully done
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drakonis said 2640 days ago (August 1st, 2010)
a soft piece
I wanted the oboe and drums to be a little subdued, and the dulcimer to stand out... and if it sounds serene to you, then I think I got the balance right. The rich ringing of the dulcimer (and my really simple chords) do sound a little Renaissance-ish, that's true.
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jdholliday said 2641 days ago (July 31st, 2010)
This is beautiful Eduard
what a great way to honor your Dad, thank you for sharing this!
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drakonis said 2640 days ago (August 1st, 2010)
glad to share
Something simple and positive. Thank you for listening and enjoying it, and offering so much of your own talent and energy to MJ too.
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awigze said 2641 days ago (July 31st, 2010)
D-A-D
Gotta love a man that gives you his all. This song goes to the heart. Thanks for the music and the narrative.

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drakonis said 2640 days ago (August 1st, 2010)
a good guy
I shall be a good guy too. Thank you for being a good guy, as well.
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dave_b said 2641 days ago (July 31st, 2010)
Dulce's DADication
Dulcimer sounds great. Well played and recorded. The hand drum is a nice touch.
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drakonis said 2640 days ago (August 1st, 2010)
Funny about the drums
I pencilled them in first, as a super-simple "metronome" to play against, and a couple of early listeners heard it WITH drums and wanted them to stay, so I embellished the drum pattern a bit, and changed it between chorus/verse, and so it stayed. Then the oboe wanted to sneak in and play a little. But that was quite enough for now :-)
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Sigmund said 2640 days ago (July 31st, 2010)
DADication
I sense a celtic nature to this - is that intentional? so you can play a stringed instrument - impressive! the drums give it almost a procession type of sound. a procession of respect to honor your Dad - very nice, Eduard. Enjoyed this a lot - thanks!
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drakonis said 2640 days ago (August 1st, 2010)
Not exactly intentional
But my love of Loreena McKennitt and Enya probably influenced this a bit, with the drum and double-reed... yes, I hear the procession... when I first started practicing, it was a dirge, because I could NOT play it fast enough! With tons of practice, I got this fast... it is still slow, but sedate. Glad you like it... and yes you caught me, I can play a stringed instrument, a little, with a lot of practice!
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ShadowofNine said 2640 days ago (July 31st, 2010)
Traditional Elegance
Eduard this is such a fine piece, reminders of the old country charm, Bravo
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drakonis said 2640 days ago (August 1st, 2010)
you can't take the old country out of me...
I'm not sure which old country it is (Germany, France, Sweden, Russia, Japan, Peru...) but there is a big chunk of it in there somewhere :-) Glad you liked it, Dave.
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Hickling_Stan said 2640 days ago (August 1st, 2010)
Simple Beauty
very poignant and very well played. Lovely piece and a nice tribute. Cheers
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drakonis said 2640 days ago (August 1st, 2010)
grand praise
from somebody who plays an instrument so well, thank you very much... your compliment is warmly received.
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Honza said 2640 days ago (August 1st, 2010)
DAD
Wow, this is some lovely tune. It sounds almost celtic to me. I love the sound of dulcimer, you are lucky you have a real one, I can use only samples. I like also the story behind. Thanks for sharing this honorable tribute!
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drakonis said 2640 days ago (August 1st, 2010)
Those musical Celts
Nothing like the real thing, especially if it is played well, which I intend to learn more about over time! Thank you for stopping in to read and hear the story.
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musichead said 2640 days ago (August 1st, 2010)
ok...
ok I want proof!! haha. Just kidding. I had a grandfather that was like your father. Funny how remembering your past sometimes feels so good.
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drakonis said 2640 days ago (August 1st, 2010)
A good past, many good memories
Hopefully I am offering these good things to my children too. Glad I could bring that happy warmth by remembering your granddad.
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st_victor said 2640 days ago (August 1st, 2010)
Beautiful Morning
Eduard - so great to catch up with you and this piece with all its sentiment and heart set me back in my chair and made all the stress and hurry melt away - this is what this is all about isn't it. Thank you.
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drakonis said 2640 days ago (August 1st, 2010)
yes it is what it is all about
Relaxing, and taking the time to remember those who mean so much to us... preferably every day, while they are alive too. I am very glad to see you here again, and glad to offer you a moment of calmness. Hope to see you two again soon!
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RAVENS said 2640 days ago (August 1st, 2010)
Heartfelt
What a touching dedication, and pleasant listen this morning. Very sorry about your loss, I'm sure your Dad would be very proud of this piece.

RAVEN ;-)
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drakonis said 2640 days ago (August 1st, 2010)
Good to hear from you
Thank you for listening and commenting, Miss D. He got to see me start dabbling in music, and I even found some of HIS sheet music he wrote and copied it into the computer so he could finally hear it "performed" for the first time, many years ago. We had a wonderful life together. I appreciate you listening.
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VicDiesel said 2640 days ago (August 1st, 2010)
Tough call.
One is not really allowed to criticize such a heartfelt tribute.

But.

The track seems loud. Much compressed? The dulcimer is too loud compared to the percussion. Then there are some timing problems. It's weird: the drummer sounds behind the beat, as if he's too timid. But you're saying that that's pencilled, so it should be perfectly in time. So I think that because the dulcimer is too loud I'm taking that to define the beat and if the drum seems late, it probably means that the dulcimer is ahead of the beat, at least in places. Could you take a close look at the wave forms, and push the phrases a bit more in place? If you have the latest Logic 9, Flextime ought to be a big help.

Oh, and please use something else than that oboe. It's very synthetic. Personally I have a couple of tracks where the choice of lead instrument was entirely dictated by "what can I find that sounds at least somewhat realistic".
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drakonis said 2640 days ago (August 1st, 2010)
You know me Victor
I can easily separate sentiment from critique. Yes, I did add light compression to help the drums stand out a teeny bit more, but it was very minimal. Perhaps the original dulcimer recording was ever-so-slightly hot, I'll have to go double check (it was recorded about 6 months ago.) As for timing, the drums were there first, as a metronome for me to play against... so what you are hearing is my horrible timing, wandering back off the beat here and there. I did slide the drums around slightly on the two chorus sections (the worst culprits), but I chose not to "enhance timing"... leaving this a bit raw and showing my true (lack of) talent :-) The oboe sounded OK in an earlier mix, but near the end I dropped its level down a bit, and I think it gets lost in the overall "large room reverb" I added, it loses its character, I agree. All very good points, and well taken, thank you!
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Moviz said 2640 days ago (August 1st, 2010)
Congrats
on mastering the dulcimer in such a musical way... sounds great and a nice tune too that sounds as though it should have always been around, though I never heard it before, regards M
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drakonis said 2640 days ago (August 1st, 2010)
the best kind of tune
is a tune that sounds like it has been around forever... so I always take that as a high compliment!

As for *mastering* the dulcimer, Dulce's sweetness makes up for my lack of talent, but I am slowly improving. Thank you for listening as always, Maurice.
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fasteddie said 2640 days ago (August 1st, 2010)
Interesting
this song has a very gaelic sound with just a hint of eastern flair to it. That makes it a very spicey meatball:) JK!

I like it a lot. I don't recognize the melody from anywhere. It sounds unique to me.

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drakonis said 2638 days ago (August 3rd, 2010)
Glad you dropped by too
Spice is the music of life, after all, or something like that. I love the idea that you hear Gaelic and Eastern influence, I'm not sure where that comes from, but good in my book! Thank you for your always-enjoyable thoughts.
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MarkHolbrook said 2639 days ago (August 1st, 2010)
Dulce
sounds great to me!!! Outstanding Sir Dragon!!!
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drakonis said 2638 days ago (August 3rd, 2010)
Mark, armed and dangerous
Welcome back, Mark, and thank you for listening to my attempts on a real instrument!
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sschedra said 2639 days ago (August 2nd, 2010)
Drak
I like it and I think the timing thing actually gives it a live feel. I didn't notice it until Victor mentioned it, but I would say it sounds "live". The Dulcimer is very much dominant, but again it is the main voice here. I always appreciate it when folks share a live instrument and not always one that is their main instrument.
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drakonis said 2638 days ago (August 3rd, 2010)
It was a stretch goal to play this live...
But I have to try, right? I will never be able to play "Rocky Road to Dublin" on her, but I do know that I am improving and learning things. And yes, Dulce's the kind of lady that when she walks into a room, she wants to be dominant and prominent. So the oboe and drums play "second fiddle" to her :-)
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CIASM_ZENABI_ said 2639 days ago (August 2nd, 2010)
dulce
nice traditional feel, well played and arranged. like the way no other instruments are missing. cheers
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drakonis said 2638 days ago (August 3rd, 2010)
simple is good...
It is indeed a very sparse simple arrangement, but sometimes that is good... glad you liked it.
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Roxylee said 2639 days ago (August 2nd, 2010)
So sweet...
Not only the music, but having these precious memories of your dad playing music and being so involved and interested in learning. You definitely took after him there! This is a catchy little tune and you plat your Dulce well.
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drakonis said 2638 days ago (August 3rd, 2010)
so sweet of you
Thank you Roxylee, for listening and as always, taking in the whole background, not just the music.
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davisamerica said 2639 days ago (August 2nd, 2010)
just dropped in to
comment on a dragon treat. Eduard your Dad is smiling and so am I ... wonderful...uplifting track.
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drakonis said 2638 days ago (August 3rd, 2010)
All smiles here
Hey Jack, you've got smiles going everywhere now, thank you for mine, it will last all day now.
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richard13 said 2639 days ago (August 2nd, 2010)
Proof positive that dragons have soft hearts
Not that there's anything wrong with that! Very nice tribute Eduard, and especially so with an organic instrument (for the most part) given that so much of your life is pixillated... I mean, digital, binary, whatever ;-)
It is still heartwarming to read peoples fond memories of their fathers.
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drakonis said 2638 days ago (August 3rd, 2010)
Soft-hearted dragons
Well of course, that is why we need such tough exteriors... we're all gushy-romantics inside.

Yes, sometimes I do have to unplug from the blocky binary world of computers and "go analog"... the rich hum of the wood and strings running up and down my body is calming in a way that computers cannot ever match.
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rok41 said 2639 days ago (August 2nd, 2010)
Eduard
I really enjoyed this piece, very pleasant sounding tones and melody. Splendid job!
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drakonis said 2638 days ago (August 3rd, 2010)
Thank you
Practice won't ever make perfect, in my case, but I hear that perfection is overrated anyway, I am fine with "Splendid job"! I'll let the professionals like you do the heavy lifting. But isn't that a pretty sounding instrument? Even when I play it? :-)
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sheilad said 2639 days ago (August 2nd, 2010)
oh Eduard
that is simply wonderful. I really enjoyed it!
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drakonis said 2638 days ago (August 3rd, 2010)
Sending Smiles to Canada
Thank you for stopping in to listen Sheila, very happy to see you as always.
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guitapick said 2639 days ago (August 2nd, 2010)
Lots of heart...
...in this song and it's playing, Eduard. Condolences for the loss of your dad and high praise for the wonderful piece of art in sound. Very nice.
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drakonis said 2628 days ago (August 13th, 2010)
Thank you Sir!
We move on, but never forget our parents. Thank you for sharing this little offering with me Bob, it is always appreciated.
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scaustrita said 2638 days ago (August 2nd, 2010)
Great Dedication
Wonderful performance.

:: Memorable ::
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drakonis said 2628 days ago (August 13th, 2010)
For Dad
Appreciate the listen and comment from a talented stringed-instrument-player. Thank you.
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RochaMalhada said 2638 days ago (August 3rd, 2010)
Dedication
This is beautiful - nice homage to your Dad

. - Harold
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drakonis said 2628 days ago (August 13th, 2010)
Hi Harold
Thank you for stopping in for a listen and comment, i is always good to see you here.
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guygrooves said 2638 days ago (August 3rd, 2010)
I feel for ya Drak
This is beautiful and a wonderful tribute to your father. I'm sorry he had to pass that way.
Peace
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drakonis said 2628 days ago (August 13th, 2010)
Nice thoughts
Thank you so much. He was a great man, and I'll always miss him, but thought this might be a nice thing to offer. I'm glad you came by to offer your thoughts.
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michaeljayklein said 2636 days ago (August 4th, 2010)
Beautiful dedication
Alas, I lost my father when I was 20, and I have to admit, I think I needed him more in my young adulthood than I did as a child, but I'll always have wonderful memories of him as I know you do of your father as well Eduard.
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drakonis said 2628 days ago (August 13th, 2010)
That is sad too
I'm sorry Michael... but they offer us what they can. Thank you for listening, commenting, and sharing a piece of yourself too.
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Catalina22 said 2636 days ago (August 5th, 2010)
A Wonderful Dedication
Thank you so much for sharing this, Eduard. I'm so sorry not only that you've lost your dad, but that you had to watch him deteriorate like that for years. What a beautiful and moving tribute this is. Awesome work on the dulcimer! The combination of the dulcimer and the almost tribal percussion gives this a real Scottish feel. Very cool!
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drakonis said 2628 days ago (August 13th, 2010)
Great scot
Perhaps it does sound a bit Scottish, interesting. Of course, the melody to me just sounds like childhood. Cort, I very much appreciate you stopping to listen, thank you for the comment!
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Daugrin said 2635 days ago (August 6th, 2010)
Always Present Never Seen
Please recall, we remember the past for a reason.
Well done.

Daug
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drakonis said 2628 days ago (August 13th, 2010)
more than DNA
Oh yes, his thoughts and guidance are always here, always helpful. Thank you for listening to this little offering, Daug.
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billykirsch said 2635 days ago (August 6th, 2010)
Drak
I listened to this a few days ago. Didn't know what to say, don't know what to say.
Feeling it in my throat. Sad and joyful. Beautiful.
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drakonis said 2628 days ago (August 13th, 2010)
it is my hope
That is a very touching comment, I am glad to offer this, and have the music and story stir emotion. That is my hope... he helped me grow up, and I am happy with it all. I'm also happy you stopped in to listen, as I'm a big fan of your work as well.
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ste said 2628 days ago (August 12th, 2010)
like
this. wonderful that it's intergenerational. love that dulce and the backings work well
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drakonis said 2628 days ago (August 13th, 2010)
Arigato
Thank you for listening and commenting... glad to know the music is effective. I hope to catch up on your music soon too, as life is a whirlwind just now with almost no MJ time, ugh.
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papag said 2623 days ago (August 17th, 2010)
The song is lovely
I can feel good energy in the melody and rhythm. The droning of the lowered tuning is mesmerizing.

Fav'd and Dl'd...thanks for the tune!
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drakonis said 2623 days ago (August 17th, 2010)
She's a sweetie... Dulce
I love the tone of this instrument, thank you for listening to and enjoying my attempt at playing a real instrument. I've only recently started practicing, and only little bits here and there.
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sloparts said 2620 days ago (August 21st, 2010)
Nice dedication, Eduard
It's one of the things that our parents leave with us is the memory of a song sketched in our mind that forever haunts us in a good way.

Beautifully play with heartfelt reverie Eduard. I'm sure you Dad was listening as you played this for him.

Excellent

Ed
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drakonis said 2620 days ago (August 21st, 2010)
there forever
Definitely a good thing here. Thank you Ed, for taking the time to listen and comment with such thoughtfulness. I'm glad my intentions overshadowed my lack of knowledge of playing :-)
ttfn,
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Henke said 2620 days ago (August 21st, 2010)
Very sweet
Well played and mixed, a great trubute to your dad.

Take care,
Henke
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drakonis said 2619 days ago (August 21st, 2010)
Very hard to play an instrument...
I am much better at programming computers, but even so, being able to actually play this for real, finally, was very therapeutic and enjoyable. Thank you for sharing the moment with me, Henrik!
ttfn,
Drakonis
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mrattue said 2619 days ago (August 21st, 2010)
Dulcimer first
Had to google 'dulcimer' to see what one looked like. First time i've ever heard one, i think. Understand that it's an old time, mountain instrument. Somewhat appropriate then, for a dedication to your father? Just doesn't seem right that all that delight in living could fade so cruelly. Makes you want to be religious!

Enjoyed the sound, a first for me, as i say.
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drakonis said 2619 days ago (August 22nd, 2010)
glad to offer a first
Thank you for stopping by and listening to my meager attempt on this instrument... you would think that with only 4 strings, and two of those simply doubled, that even I could figure it out! :-) Well, I'm getting there. Glad you enjoyed, and welcome to Macjams.
ttfn,
Drakonis
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tokai said 2619 days ago (August 22nd, 2010)
Dulcimer
i have a friend that plays one, totally confuses me. You know how to make a tune that is for sure. Lovely sound.
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drakonis said 2616 days ago (August 25th, 2010)
new meaning of tune-up :)
Glad you stopped by and listened... Dulce confuses me too, but I'm starting to get reasonable sounds out, if I play really really slowly :-) Thanks!
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ConnieO said 2616 days ago (August 25th, 2010)
Nice Tribute
for your dad...very nice. Enjoyed listening to all the wonderful sounds here. Sorry I got to it late, haven't been around much.
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drakonis said 2616 days ago (August 25th, 2010)
me not around much either
Got my daughter heading off to college in a few days, and THEN (he says, hoping it is really true and other things don't descend) I will have some more time to be at MJ again! Thank you sooo much for checking this out and commented! Always good to see you.
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egobandit said 2607 days ago (September 3rd, 2010)
Wow
what a description, so much family history that involves music, its great that you can remember and play what your father once did, beautiful playing on this I enjoyed!
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drakonis said 2607 days ago (September 3rd, 2010)
The simple things...
for example, my playing :-) Thank you Tim, for checking this little band-aid on my heart... it has been wonderful for me to capture and share it, and I certainly appreciate you listening and commenting. This is not your exuberant colorful playing style, but it was about as fast and complicated as I can manage so far :-) And it is always good to give a nod and smile to one's dad.

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Silky5 said 2606 days ago (September 4th, 2010)
Lovely inspiring tribute
I like the way you have recorded what you play and haven't quantised any tracks. It gives it that live feel and more emotion & feel for it. Great Job
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drakonis said 2606 days ago (September 4th, 2010)
Thank you for checking this one...
Although I consider myself more of a composer-to-be than a musician-to-be, so hopefully you'll peek at some of my orchestral pieces too :-) Again, I am very impressed with your first piece, and look forward to more from you here, welcome!
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Dragonas said 2605 days ago (September 5th, 2010)
Great song!
Eduard,
Great job performing on that Dulcimer.
It sounds great!
Folk music passed down from father to son - pure and simple and from the heart.
Memorable melodies that I hope you will pass down to your kids.
This is the essence of what makes music good.
Cheers,
John
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drakonis said 2590 days ago (September 20th, 2010)
pass it down, offer it up
Always great to hear from you, John, thank you for listening, and for your kind words. Although I'm still a horrible beginner with Dulce, this just had to come out, and it felt great playing it, perhaps that showed :-)
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SCJohnson59 said 2590 days ago (September 20th, 2010)
Touching!
I keep 'hearing' a lyrical phrase as if you're talking to your Dad with this one ... really, truly touching! :)
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drakonis said 2590 days ago (September 20th, 2010)
dad-chat
I was indeed, just saying "thanks"... and a thank you to you too, for dropping by for a listen. It is always humbling and exciting for me to have real musicians come by and visit and comment, and I sincerely appreciate it!
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dancedivine said 2589 days ago (September 21st, 2010)
Great job!
Nice tribute to your Dad.... Really enjoyed this one... :)
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drakonis said 2588 days ago (September 22nd, 2010)
tributaries
We never know where the music will lead us. I think my dad never knew that his playing on the piano and taking me to symphony concerts would eventually lead to me creating music. But I'm glad he got to hear some of mine before he passed away.

Thank you for listening!
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Saltaireguru77 said 2588 days ago (September 22nd, 2010)
Wow
I love that dulcimer! I rarely hear anything like that in stuff and it just lifts this. The story behind it adds to it and it's nice to revisit suff. Thanks for sharing this Drakonis!
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drakonis said 2588 days ago (September 22nd, 2010)
Happy to strum for you
That is, unfortunately, about the best I can play Dulce right now... but this was really enjoyable to work out and do, since I don't normally try to actually PLAY anything :-) And thank YOU Stephen for stopping in for a listen. I shall return the favor this morning!
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Corporal Beef said 2585 days ago (September 25th, 2010)
What a great tribute
Your dad sounds like an incredible person, and what better way to pay homage to him than picking up on something he made and make it your own.

I'm very sorry for your loss, and I'm glad you shared a small part of him with this community.
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drakonis said 2585 days ago (September 25th, 2010)
Greatly appreciate the listen and thoughts
He influenced me a great deal, but we enjoyed each other while he was here, so I have no regrets, and am glad to share this little slice.
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Rayelise said 2580 days ago (September 29th, 2010)
dadication
Dulce sounds great! I do hear the simple gifts song- but it's a cool variation.
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drakonis said 2568 days ago (October 12th, 2010)
A simple gift
I think you're right, he was probably inspired by that. Thank you for stopping in to listen. Now that I'm back and catching up, I shall go listen to your new one, good to see you have something new!
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Bowman said 2577 days ago (October 2nd, 2010)
Simple is often quite good.
And this is very good. This is a variation of Simple Gifts. Copland did his own thing with it and so did your Dad. I wonderful tribute Eduard. I enjoyed your playing and the sparse yet effective backing.
Best,
Charlie
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drakonis said 2568 days ago (October 12th, 2010)
and for band too
I remembered playing this in concert band in high school, but it was J. Zdechlik's version: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chorale_and_Shaker_Dance

Funny how it shows up all over the place, like "Lord of the Dance", etc. Definitely the hallmark of a good tune!
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Ren-Tin-10 said 2577 days ago (October 2nd, 2010)
How did I miss this until now?
One thing Drak forgot to mention is that he had demo'd this to me some time ago as a memorial not only to his own Dad, but to mine as well.

So I'm especially happy to see this tune see the light of day! Thanks for sharing, Drak, you just made my day!

All the best,
Jim
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drakonis said 2568 days ago (October 12th, 2010)
It's been in the closet a while...
You are correct, we were thinking of doing something with it together for our dads. You and I still have a dulcimer-jam-to-do! As you can see, I have practiced a little, and can actually play more than 2 notes now (I am up to 3!), so it is more likely to happen!

Thank you for listening and commenting, it means a great deal coming from a real dulcimer player like you!

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paddler said 2562 days ago (October 18th, 2010)
Renaissance
What a beautiful instrument and what an interesting sounding man.I used to have an autoharp - really regret that I sold it as an art student.I wonder if you have ever heard any Gryphon - I suspect you have but just incase - heres a link.I don't know if links work in comments Gryphon - if not its http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-sZGHpRs5OY&feature=related

Great dulcimer - RG
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drakonis said 2562 days ago (October 18th, 2010)
Ach, nae... 'tis new
Hadn't heard of Gryphon (although I worked for a software company called "Gryphon" for awhile :-) Very cool Prog-Renaissance stuff they do... I found a live video performance here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QuNy-Mi1-zE

Thank you for the connection! Great musicians/performers there. And thank you for stopping in to listen to my little tribute here.

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segiperkasa said 2555 days ago (October 25th, 2010)
lovely
that was very beautiful ....
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drakonis said 2555 days ago (October 25th, 2010)
A great compliment!
Thank you, I really admire your nimble fingers and agile playing... I am just the opposite... this is about as fast as I can play an instrument! :-) I really need to practice more. But I am happy you listened and enjoyed what I offer, thank you!
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Warren Smith said 2554 days ago (October 26th, 2010)
What your Dad was playing ...
At first I thought I'd recognized it as a variation of that jazz standard "Gruff Stuff" by William Goat ... but on the second pass through I realized it might be an alternative riff on that old sea shanty "The Toothy Grin" by Ima Walrus. Or maybe it's time to reach for the Q-tips to clean the wax out of my ears?

My father, now gone, was my first musical inspiration.
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drakonis said 2554 days ago (October 26th, 2010)
Gruff Stuff by Bill E.
And perhaps our fathers were also our humor-inspiration as well (much to the chagrin of those around us) :-) Thank you for listening and making me smirk!

Hey, that reminds me, I've not "taken a walk" over to your music for awhile, I am remiss!
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notsosweet said 2554 days ago (October 26th, 2010)
..
What a wonderful driving melody! Loved it!
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drakonis said 2553 days ago (October 26th, 2010)
Melodies are great
I admit I really love a good melody in music. Probably why I enjoy the music you play! I very much appreciate you listening to my rare attempt at actually playing something live... I envy your piano skills, thank you for sharing them!
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FEEL said 2553 days ago (October 26th, 2010)
Sorry to hear your loss
It's a beautiful tune. I do not recognize it, but it sound to me a bit Irish. I didn't know you played the dulcimer. Something about them that sounds so good and not like anything else. The mix sounds great but most of it's that sound you get when it comes from the heart. Thanks far sharing this, I enjoyed it very much.
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drakonis said 2553 days ago (October 26th, 2010)
I *don't* play the dulcimer! :)
I am just learning... these multi-stringed instruments are really complicated... being a clarinet player, I'm just used to blowing in a tube! So I love hearing good guitar players like you do your thing! Appreciate you stopping in to listen to this little dedication to a great guy.
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bronco said 2430 days ago (February 27th, 2011)
Like It Like This
That mountain dulcimer is so nice to hear once again. Loved Richard Farina's playing on that instrument for years but you sure don't hear it very often. Played very well here also. Drone strings give it that full almost orchestral feel.
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drakonis said 2429 days ago (February 27th, 2011)
A great instrument
And nice that it has a small number of strings so even *I* can figure it out! :-) I appreciate you stopping by and enjoying the rich resonance of those singing drone strings, I tried to mic Dulce so that would stand out.
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WeatherReport said 2327 days ago (June 10th, 2011)
Wonderful piece
Never ever heard of Dulce before. In Turkey we have Saz. Which you can hear on World Music Jam Pack as you probably knew. Sounds similar but with less and looser strings I guess. History and dedication of the story is touching. But I got this creepy feeling on my skin before I read it. Perfect and simple.
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drakonis said 2327 days ago (June 10th, 2011)
Saz who?
Hi Murat,
Thank you for listening to this and commenting... although I am a little embarrassed... I'm not very good at playing an instrument. "Dulce" is my nickname for my "Mountain Dulcimer", which probably does sound like a Saz (they have similar large bodies)... but the mountain dulcimer has no neck. It is played on your lap.

Anyway, I hope the "creepy feeling" was a deep emotional one... it is good when music touches deeply.

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modalgrooveman said 2319 days ago (June 18th, 2011)
DADication
Eduard: this is a beautiful way to use the simplicity of the dulcimer -- let us hear more!
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drakonis said 2319 days ago (June 18th, 2011)
you are very kind :)
I do love the way it resonates and rings, and that's why I play it so slowly... yes, that's it! :-)

I do look forward to learning more about it and practicing some techniques and fingering, so yes, you will get more Dulce! Thank you for listening and I look forward to your music showing up soon!

BTW, Dulce's maker is "Rugg & Jackel".

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Philip18 said 2293 days ago (July 13th, 2011)
Evocative
You can feel the connection between the player and the instrument, and it's a great thing that you have recorded some of your family history in this way. Much enjoyed!
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