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Welcome to a new collaborative effort called the Hero's Journey Project. The Project is intended to have artists produce a group of pieces as a musical collection around a common mythic theme: The Hero's Journey. Each piece could reflect a different stage of the Journey, or perhaps a character sketch of some of the main archetypes found in epic and mythic stories.

What is the Hero's Journey?

More details on the Journey and the Project are HERE

In summary, The Hero's Journey was written about by Joseph Campbell in his book "The Hero With a Thousand Faces". In this book Campbell examined the common elements and stages of plot development of the greatest stories of our time, from early myths up to his present day. What Campbell called the Monomyth contained the basic structure of stories from Homer's The Odyssey to Star Wars or The Matrix. The Hero's Journey is the story of the struggles and triumphs, the joy, the doubt, and the breakthroughs that we all experience as humans, but seen through the eyes of a hero or heroine. While not all heroic stories are identical, many follow a similar path: the hero (or heroine) is called by circumstances to adventure, they may be given something to aid them in their quest, and they cross into a new land or world - strange and wonderful characters are met, rites of initiation or contests are endured and overcome, until ultimately a goal is reached and wisdom and other benefits are gained. Then through other trials, realizations, and sometimes outside assistance, the hero or heroine returns home with their new insights or benefits that are shared with the rest of their people.

How to participate?

First,if you would like some further information about the Hero's Journey, check out the web pages or do your own Google search on the Hero's Journey. You can listen to my informational piece also posted below for a bit more background.

If you have a new or existing piece you would like to offer to the project, I suggest the best way is to add a post on the forum: Hero's Journey Project with the URL for your piece so that everyone knows there is a new piece to view. I will pick it up and add it to the Favourites list here on this page. You may also send me a message at my page
Doug Somers or you can leave a message here at Hero's Journey.

I will also ask for your help and collective wisdom. Since I am relatively new to this community, I would be grateful for the guidance of those who have gone before in terms of organising group activities such as this.

What kind of music is needed?

That's up to you. Different interpretations of the same journey stage or character are certainly possible as there are many perspectives from which to write the story as well as from which to hear it. Depending upon how the pieces take form it might be fun to hear how they sound in order as outlined by the stages of the journey. Maybe linking pieces could be written at some point - I really don't know where the collective creativity will lead. Hopefully though it will be a lot of fun to produce and give pause for reflection in the listeners since we are in some ways all on a Journey.

I hope you find something in this project that lights your spark, lets you bring a new composition or performance into the world, and reflects the joy of your musical endeavours.

All the very best,

Updated Information

1) If someone has a piece already submitted that fits in with the Hero's Journey theme I see no reason not to make it part of the collection. While I originally thought about this project as a stimulus to create new music, I see no good reason to restrict it to only new works.

2) I probably didn't make clear that situations occur in our everyday lives which are sometimes analogous to the mythic stages of the Hero's Journey. These contemporary experiences can certainly be used as a topic for a composition - i.e., the pieces should not be limited to describing a fantastic landscape, well known heroic characters, or ancient times. Our own struggles and how we understand and overcome them, no matter how ordinary, are also a part of the journey.

3) What to do with the collection when we're done?

I think at the very least I'd like to have a page that is a home for the HJP playlist and from which all of the pieces may be linked. Any other suggestions?

Stages of The Hero's Journey

A.Departure or Separation
1.The Call to Adventure Adventure
2.Refusal of the Call
3.Supernatural Aid
4.The Crossing of the First Threshold
5.The Belly of the Whale

1.The Road of Trials
2.The Meeting with the Goddess
3.Woman as the Temptress
4.Atonement with the Father
6.The Ultimate Boon

1.Refusal of the Return
2.The Magic Flight
3.Rescue from Without
4.The Crossing of the Return Threshold
5.Master of the Two Worlds

D. Freedom to Live

Hero's Journey Collection Playlist is in the Favourites at the bottom of the page and is organised by stage of the Journey below:

Stages of The Hero's Journey

A.Departure or Separation
1.The Call to Adventure Adventure
I Sail On by: Tobin Mueller, arr: Troy - Prog Rock
In Your Dreams by: mint01 (w rschletty) - Pop (Mainstream)
Deliberating the Call (v3b) by: Doug Somers - Classical (Contemporary)

2.Refusal of the Call
Hold On by: Tobin Mueller w/ Komrade K - Alternative Rock

3.Supernatural Aid
Lady of the Lake by: Tobin Mueller w/ Mystified - Classical
I Have Dreamed in Another by: Tobin Mueller - Art Rock

4.The Crossing of the First Threshold
v1: Grease Monkey Sweat (human chorus) by: rschletty - Acoustic Rock
Forge a New Life by: Tobin Mueller - Art Rock
My Heart Still Beats: Tobin Mueller w/ Thoddi - Ethnic - International
Bring on the Storm by: Tobin Mueller - Acoustic
Shining Deep Take a Ride by Skean with Doug - Ambient

5.The Belly of the Whale
Industrielle #2--Subterranean by: Mystified - Other
Corridor by: Mystified - Ambient
Black Forest Dance, Take 2 by: Drakonis - Romantic
Nadir: Reinholt56 - Cinematic Soundtrack

1.The Road of Trials
On My Way by: Dadai - Folk (Contemporary)
Heroes by: APB - Pop (Alternative)
The Hard Road by: rschletty (w/David Gómez Sanz) - Inspirational (Contemporary)
Happy Labyrinth by: Boris the Bull - Other
Overture to Transcendence by: rschletty (w/David Gómez Sanz)
The Lonely Road (Deserve This) by aclarke - Folk (Contemporary)
Minotaur by Boris the Bull - Folk (Contemporary)
When the Future Comes by: Tobin Mueller w/ Twon, Alimar, Audiocracy - Progressive Rock
A Promise by: Tobin Mueller w/Woody Mankowski - Rhythm and Blues

2.The Meeting with the Goddess
To the Hall of the Goddess by: Doug Somers - Ambient
Dreams II by: Tobin Mueller w/ Emily - Showtunes
The Waitress by: Tobin Mueller - Acoustic
I am Yours (Last Embrace Behind the Wall) by: Tobin Mueller w/Mystified - Classical
A Prayer by Feter with Doug - Classical

3.Woman as the Temptress
Pose for You by: Tobin Mueller w/ Jessica Flood - Showtunes
Crazy Story (v2) by: Tobin Mueller w/ Thoddi - Jazz Fusion
Charon's Requiem by: SpasmodicMan w/ Tobin Mueller and Alessandra Zwegler - Experimental

4.Atonement with the Father
Final Words by: Tobin Mueller - Soft Rock - Adult Contemporary

Apotheosis by: Feter and Doug Somers - Classical (Contemporary)
Revolution's Son (v2) by: Tobin Mueller w/ dchapman, twon, Alimar, Audiocracy - Progressive Rock

6.The Ultimate Boon
Turn the Key by: Tobin Mueller - Showtunes

Pilgrim of the Return by: Tobin Mueller - Folk-Rock
If I could Live Long Enough by: Tobin Mueller w/IVANJS - Folk (Contemporary)

1.Refusal of the Return
House of Cards by: Tobin Mueller - Folk-Rock

2.The Magic Flight
The Journey by: Reinholt56 - Cinematic Soundtrack
Rainy March by: drakonis - Classical
Icarus II by: Tobin Mueller w/Texasfeel - Jazz Fusion

3.Rescue from Without
The Everlasting by: rschletty (w/Steiner & Anselm) - Progressive Rock
The Joy of Grace by: rschletty (w/David Gómez Sanz) - Inspirational (Contemporary)
Lifting by: rschletty (w/David Gómez Sanz)
Knock Upon Your Door by: rschletty (w/David Gómez Sanz)
You Are (v2) by: mint01 (w/rschletty, Steiner & Anselm)

4.The Crossing of the Return Threshold
The Watch for Agamemnon by: bubowski - Classical
v2: Dreamville by: misterfrap+rschletty - Country and Western
Before There Were Gods: Tobin Mueller - Acoustic

5.Master of the Two Worlds

Haecceity by: Alimar - Cinematic Soundtrack - Inspirational (Contemporary)
Up From Death by: rschletty (w/David Gómez Sanz) - Inspirational (Contemporary)
Rise Up, Cowboy (v2) by: rschletty - Folk (Contemporary)
Leaving Flesh by: mint01 (w/rschletty, Steiner & Anselm) - Pop (Mainstream)
Sierra Madre by: futzpucker - Cinematic Soundtrack
Coming Home by: Doug Somers - Cinematic Soundtrack
Born to Do - Sigmund feat. strangedream, rok41, scofugate - Rock

D. Freedom to Live
A Heartbeat Away by: digitalnirvana9 (Remix by RSchletty) - New Age
Believe by: Aclarke/VicHolman/Z293/Mcboy - Rock

Notes on placement in the playlist:
1. There are some pieces that could fit well into different stages of the journey. Three which I agreed with Tobin in being able to sit in multiple places are:
- Lady of the Lake, could also go under "B2. The Meeting with the Goddess"
- My Heart Still Beats, could also go under "C3. Rescue From Without"
- Turn the Key, could also go under "C5. Master of Two Worlds"
2. If any artist feels their work should be moved to another stage, please let me know

MacJammer recommended pieces not yet confirmed by the composer/performer

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Favorite Songs (50)
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Born to Do - feat. strangedream, rok41, scofugate Sigmund 06.04.14 Rock
A Prayer (Feter with Doug) HJP Doug Somers 04.28.09 Classical
Shining Deep Take a Ride (W/Doug Somers) Skean 02.28.09 Ambient
Coming Home - variation on a theme by David Kneupper Doug Somers 02.08.09 Cinematic Soundtrack
Morning Mist On Still Lake (MJRF) futzpucker 02.08.09 Film Scoring
Forge A New Life (MJRF) TobinMueller 02.06.09 Art Rock
Nadir Reinholt56 04.09.08 Cinematic Soundtrack
Sierra Madre futzpucker 04.09.08 Cinematic Soundtrack
The Journey Reinholt56 03.31.08 Cinematic Soundtrack
Industrielle #2--Subterranean Mystified 03.31.08 Other
Deliberating the Call v3b (HJP) Doug Somers 03.30.08 Classical
Deliberating the Call Doug Somers 03.22.08 Classical
Apotheosis - Feter & Doug (HJP) Doug Somers 02.08.08 Classical
To the Hall of the Goddess (HJP) Doug Somers 01.29.08 Ambient
Heroes apb 01.19.08 Pop (Alternative)
Black Forest Dance, Take 2 drakonis 11.04.07 Romantic
Bring On The Storm TobinMueller 10.25.07 Acoustic
Hold On (w/ Komrade K) TobinMueller 10.05.07 Alternative Rock
Pose For You (Analogapalooza - w/ Jessica Flood) TobinMueller 08.06.07 Showtunes
Happy Labyrinth Boris the Bull 05.21.07 Other
When The Future Comes (w/ Twon, Alimar, Audiocracy) TobinMueller 02.01.07 Progressive Rock
Before There Were Gods TobinMueller 12.14.06 Acoustic
A Heartbeat Away (Remix by RSchletty) digitalnirvana9 12.13.06 New Age
In Your Dreams (w rschletty) mint01 08.23.06 Pop (mainstream)
Leaving Flesh (w rschletty) mint01 06.24.06 Pop (mainstream)
Crazy Story (vers. 2 w/ Thoddi) TobinMueller 06.24.06 Jazz Fusion
The Watch for Agamemnon Bubowski 05.24.06 Classical
You Are v2 (w rschletty) mint01 05.11.06 Pop (mainstream)
I Have Dreamed In Another TobinMueller 03.18.06 Art Rock
Corridor Mystified 01.23.06 Ambient
I Am Yours (Last Embrace Behind The Wall) w/ Mystified TobinMueller 01.19.06 Classical
My Heart Still Beats (w/ Thoddi, etc.) TobinMueller 11.28.05 Ethnic-International
The Lonely Road (Deserve This) aclarke 11.24.05 Folk (contemporary)
Icarus II (w/ Texasfeel) TobinMueller 11.16.05 Jazz Fusion
House of Cards (...When I Sing) TobinMueller 11.04.05 Folk-Rock
Lady of the Lake (w/ Mystified) TobinMueller 08.24.05 Classical
Revolution's Son (v2, w/ dchapman, twon, Alimar, Audiocracy) TobinMueller 08.15.05 Progressive Rock
I Sail On (arr: Troy) TobinMueller 05.23.05 Progressive Rock
A Promise (w/ Woody Mankowski) TobinMueller 05.08.05 Rhythm and Blues
Minotaur Boris the Bull 05.06.05 Folk (contemporary)
Charon's Requiem (w/ TobinMueller and Alessandra Zwegler) SpasmodicMan 04.27.05 Experimental
Turn The Key TobinMueller 03.24.05 Showtunes
The Waitress (version 2) TobinMueller 02.21.05 Acoustic
Final Words TobinMueller 11.11.04 Soft Rock-Adult Contemporary
Rainy March drakonis 10.28.04 Classical
Pilgrim of the Return TobinMueller 10.23.04 Folk-Rock
If I Could Live Long Enough (w/ IVANJS) TobinMueller 08.07.04 Folk (contemporary)
Dreams II (w/ Emily Rohm) TobinMueller 06.25.04 Showtunes
Forge A New Life - Part 2 TobinMueller 02.04.04 Soft Rock-Adult Contemporary
Forge A New Life - Part I TobinMueller 01.28.04 Art Rock
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