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Lamentations


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Tom Atwood

 Genre: New Age

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Sometimes grief remains unexpressed for years. The three selections in this piece explore grief and sorrow while at the same time giving voice to hope and redemption. All three were written during Lent 2005, at the same time I was recording "Larger Than Life," an elegy for my father, who died 20 years ago.

The three selections feature the Fitch cello, and have a looped feel, while using only three loops, just in the first section. This all started as a contest entry for TUMi, but grew from there into something else.

I. Three Loops
II. Common Bones
III. The Road to Emmaus

Artwork: "Jeremiah" (by Marc Chagall)
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Uploaded: Apr 23, 2005 - 08:02:08 PM
Last Updated: Apr 23, 2005 - 10:45:09 PM Last Played: Feb 01, 2017 - 02:33:41 PM
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Comments
Mcboy said 4561 days ago (April 24th, 2005)
evokes
the feelings of sadness and then hope...
compositionally...i would say u have succeeded. i enjoyed
the phillip glass style middle... great work!
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White Hawks said 4560 days ago (April 24th, 2005)
very emotinal and dramtic
this is perfect!! very emotinal and dramatic. and the great
cello tunes. again, this is perfect Mr. Atwood! thanks for
sharing your great song!

- Hawks
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stevel said 4560 days ago (April 24th, 2005)
Quite beautiful
This is a really lovely piece of music..very ambitious in its
scope and drama. Thanks for sharing it
S
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stevel said 4560 days ago (April 24th, 2005)
Quite beautiful
This is a really lovely piece of music..very ambitious in its
scope and drama. Thanks for sharing it
S
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Rebsie said 4560 days ago (April 24th, 2005)
Darkly atmospheric
There's an amazing variety in the tone and dynamic
here, even within each piece. The first one is
particularly elaborate but the recurring theme of
descending notes helps it all to hang together. All
three have a heartfelt quality to them, deep and sad
but with something uneasy and edgy going on in the
background. It's a very skilful blend of sounds and a
very beautiful lament ... I'm very impressed.

I love Marc Chagall! Great choice of artwork.
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drakonis said 4560 days ago (April 24th, 2005)
Deep, dark, resonant
Very, very nice piece... love the rich minor textures, and
the deep bass of the cello, with the synthy bells
juxtaposing in the middle (would that be a bass relief?)
Well thought out, and the parts go together nicely.
Especially like the melodies in the opening of your 3rd
movement (cello, then piano). The only critique I can
think of is It seemed very slightly muffled, not as much
crispness as I would have liked (thus the low "7" on
production :-). Downloaded & Faved. Washes over me in
sweet waves of watermeloncholy.
9-7-9-8
ttfn,
Drakonis
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Tom Atwood said 4560 days ago (April 24th, 2005)
Deep, dark, resonant
I think some of the 'muffled' sounds come from the very low notes, almost
pedal tones, of some of the synths. I have noticed on different speakers the
notes sometimes seem a little distorted. It was a tough mix, especially on
Three Loops.

Thanks for the comments, and for letting me know how you voted. I
appreciate that. (I may start doing that in my comments on other songs.)
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_nderscore said 4560 days ago (April 24th, 2005)
an inspiring sadness
beautifully done. nice to hear this in it's entirety-the 3rd
piece doesn't seem to carry the weight of the first two, but
still finishes very nicely. looking forward to more of your
compositions
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Cori Ander said 4560 days ago (April 24th, 2005)
Emotions...
Thank you for this one! Strong and really interesting!

As before with your compostitions I appreciate the
honesty ... the will to face life and to meet what is difficult
... to stay honest by emotions.

One of Beethovens strenghts was his ability to depict
emotions. In many of his works you can feel how different
feelings succeeds and interacts. Sometimes there are
almost nothing but emotions taking over one after each
other.

That was long ago and the emotions were often grand,
stormy and changeable - emotions in which there was the
risk to drown. My assosiation with your music is that it
instead depicts emotions of a thoughtful, consideate man
of today.

Things are really happening in your music. And they are
happening in some logic way. I sense a progression as it
goes along. A progression in the logic of emotions. Not
the stormy way, but a more dependable way.

Wisdom require living emotions but not any emotions. It is
a beliefe of mine that the most important factor of
wisdom is some ground of strong and reliable emotions. I
hope not anyone think I am taking this too far, but my
association is that Atwood owns someting of that.

Anyway ... to be less solemn, I feel that music like this is
good for me!

I wish you had a real orchestra. Or at least a set of better
synthesizers. This talent of yours can go far.
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Tom Atwood said 4560 days ago (April 24th, 2005)
Emotions...
Thanks Johannes. I emailed you.
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mandolinquent said 4560 days ago (April 24th, 2005)
Astonishing...
What a really, really great piece of writing; really
unconstrained. I am gobsmacked. I love the pianos going
at each other in the early section; the two electric piano
patterns; the way you use that lovely cello sound. Really
brilliant work. One of the most original pieces I've hard on
MJ.
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Tom Atwood said 4560 days ago (April 24th, 2005)
Astonishing...
Thanks for the kind words, William. You made me pull out the dictionary
again with 'gobsmacked.' (Last time it was 'twee.')
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Cori Ander said 4560 days ago (April 25th, 2005)
Paff
That word gobsmacked really existed in my dictionary too.
Swedish for gobsmacked showed to be PAFF.
I wonder what it is in other languages.

Well I was also paff when I first listened to this song.
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mandolinquent said 4560 days ago (April 25th, 2005)
Paff
I think I'll call my imaginary band Paff...

Nice word.
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aclarke said 4560 days ago (April 24th, 2005)
Amazing
Tom- great work here! You capture the whole range of
emotions brilliantly. Sometimes, in between the hope and
the redemption we encounter "moments" where the grief,
anguish and heartache come rushing back unexpectedly
for a short, excrutiating time. You even managed to
capture that.
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Tom Atwood said 4559 days ago (April 25th, 2005)
Amazing
Adam,

I deeply appreciate your comments re: grief and this piece. I know that you
write from experience, and I am very sorry about that. Thanks for listening
and taking time to comment.

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thetiler said 4560 days ago (April 25th, 2005)
Nice
I like the whole piece but I especially like the last part.
It really seems quite melodic in a quiet sort of way.

Nice going

Thanks much for sharing


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said 4559 days ago (April 25th, 2005)
Amazing...
how you move through different ranges of emotions with
such seemless segways. Bravo. Thank you for sharing this
song here.
EdensEve said 4559 days ago (April 26th, 2005)
Unbroken mood
I enjoyed these pieces separately. Maybe it was my mood,
maybe I'm into songs with words and singing more, and I
consider myself a fan of yours, but all three strung
together was just too much for me. Kind of boring. Not
to take anything away from what others have said, but in
stringing all three together, maybe a faster or more
melodic section stuck in somewhere would have helped.
Or maybe it would have broken the mood.
Tom Atwood said 4559 days ago (April 26th, 2005)
Unbroken mood
Thanks Eva. I'll sing again. Promise. Bronco's on me, too.
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SpasmodicMan said 4557 days ago (April 28th, 2005)
What restaint
Impressive. Never too much. Diving through water
without needing to breathe. A waking dream. Walking
into a Chagall painting. What a brush you use!
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dotwood said 4547 days ago (May 7th, 2005)
Words …
… are much too limited for these tones, they always are and they should be.
yet I'm typing!
It gives satisfaction on all senses. All moods in one symphony. You're a great
artist. Very colorful, tasteful and sensitive timing.
Only thing I've missed is an agressive mood, which is an essential part of our
lives. But that's only my anticipation, which off course is very personal. I
adore contrasts.

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Mystified said 4430 days ago (September 1st, 2005)
Putting sadness in perspective.
There is a yearning --almost a bitterness -- in some of
the later cello passages. Grief beheld and expressed.
And then, as the first notes of the piano enter in the final
selection, they fall like rain--gentle, cleansing and
renewing, while the synths shimmer softly like slender
shafts of light.

All things are passing.


Moving, poignant, beautiful music...

thank you.

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