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October Rain v3


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Doug Somers

 Genre: Smooth Jazz

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Here's a change of pace again. October can have a lot of light rain showers that seem to pass by with the ever changing clouds. It's not the heavy downpour of the summer thunderstorms, being more gentle, and often with bright moments during the course of a shower where the sun almost can shine through a break in the clouds. Water drips from branches and the eaves of roofs, soaking into the green grass below.

When composing this piece I found that it could have used a sax riffing over the middle section however I don't play that instrument and the synth doesn't cut it. A guitar solo might also work. If anyone is inspired to have a go I'm quite open to collaborating.

Version 3 has been updated to clarify a few instruments in the mix.
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Uploaded: Oct 21, 2007 - 09:32:41 AM
Last Updated: Oct 21, 2007 - 09:32:41 AM Last Played: Feb 05, 2019 - 06:12:32 PM
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musichead said 4348 days ago (October 21st, 2007)
nice
Id like to know what instruments you are playing here.
a great feel the pizz's on the strings is a nice touch.
To me and this is just me,,Bacharach comes to mind here.
very nice genre!!!
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Doug Somers said 4348 days ago (October 21st, 2007)
Thanks Steve
I appreciate you stopping by and leaving your comments. Burt Bacharach is certainly showing up in the influences to this tune. There is also a bit of Andre Gagnon, a touch of some Pat Metheny Group and a smidge of Dave Grusin too. The instruments were all software, and I used a combination of stuff I entered by hand and of course loops. So, in a sense I don't play anything live on this piece. I haven't got a mike, and the one I have used in the past is in my son's set-up. I hope to borrow it back soon though as there are some Celtic pieces I want to record.

Keep well, and thanks again,
Doug
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said 4348 days ago (October 21st, 2007)
Rich Textures
...wow, I swear I can smell the rain as it comes down through the leaves. Beautiful feel and evocative state of mind. Simple, spare melody lines that form a startlingly lush atmosphere that in turn paints vivid pictures of dark skies streaked with touches of sun, and eveywhere this gentle rain.

Gonna go walkin' through the Stittsville flea market, feel the rain and poke through the treasures. Hey, it's Sunday!
Doug Somers said 4348 days ago (October 21st, 2007)
Hi Rik!
Not many from outside Ottawa know about the 'famous' Flea Market! (alas it is now a mere shadow of its former glory). I'm so glad you enjoyed the piece and that it evoked a pleasant scene for you. The simple melody is one that came easily, however I found this piece the most difficult I have created so far. I wanted to break out of the repetitive chord pattern and the piece just didn't want to go there! Instead it wanted to kind of dance and play with small variations on the melody and countermelodies.

Thanks again for stopping by and for your kind remarks!
Keep well,
Doug
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peacepiano said 4348 days ago (October 21st, 2007)
Almost Classical
The way you have structured this song, it is almost in the classical genre. The melody is beautiful and you use it well with your choice of instruments.

Thanks
Bill
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Doug Somers said 4348 days ago (October 21st, 2007)
Hi Rik!
Not many from outside Ottawa know about the 'famous' Flea Market! (alas it is now a mere shadow of its former glory). I'm so glad you enjoyed the piece and that it evoked a pleasant scene for you. The simple melody is one that came easily, however I found this piece the most difficult I have created so far. I wanted to break out of the repetitive chord pattern and the piece just didn't want to go there! Instead it wanted to kind of dance and play with small variations on the melody and countermelodies.

Thanks again for stopping by and for your kind remarks!
Keep well,
Doug
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Doug Somers said 4348 days ago (October 21st, 2007)
Bill,
I hadn't thought of this piece as having a classical structure but you never know what will sneak out of the old grey matter and onto the keyboard! I certainly agree that the ending is rather classical sounding (and the more I hear it now the more I want to shorten it to a snappier close - maybe someday).

Thanks for your very kind remarks, and for listening!
Keep well!
Doug

PS - for some reason the comment originally intended for Rik ended up below. Maybe finger trouble...
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Doug Somers said 4348 days ago (October 21st, 2007)
Or is that ended up above?
Rats....
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Feter said 4348 days ago (October 21st, 2007)
October Rain
I can see this piece is a live song anyone can share
its a song of life and rain ..its absolutly a gem
my friend ..welldone !!
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Doug Somers said 4348 days ago (October 21st, 2007)
Hey Feter!
Great to have you stop by! Rain and life... life and rain. They are pretty entwined, no?

Thanks so much for your very kind comments, and please keep well my friend!

Doug
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Mystified said 4347 days ago (October 23rd, 2007)
a sparkling, fresh rain...
This piece is so joyous, sparkling and glittering! (So different from my own somber tones!)

I really enjoy the verve and vitality in this composition. A sense of celebration, too.
I can just see the sunlight gleaming gold upon the raindrops that have settled upon the autumn leaves.

Joyous and beautiful! :)
Thank you!
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Doug Somers said 4345 days ago (October 24th, 2007)
That is so sweet
of you to say so. Yes, this is a playful kind of piece that revels in the joy of gentle rain, cloud, sunshine, and all life outside - just as they are. Of course, somber wouldn't be somber without joyous and vice versa. And personally, I love the diversity! Your music, as with that of others on MJ, has been very influential to me and touches me deeply. Thank you for that and for your very kind remarks.

Keep well,
Doug
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said 4346 days ago (October 23rd, 2007)
Ahhhhhh....
What a pleasure to listen to after shredding my ears all day trying to mix my latest rocker.

A truly soothing sonic balm Doug. Beat skips along joyfully. Lovely arrangement. Good choice of instruments...and the nature sounds are blended in quite well. Abrupt ending caught me off guard, but overall I really enjoyed this one.

Be well!
Doug Somers said 4345 days ago (October 24th, 2007)
Hey Michael
Nice to hear from you and thanks for your comments. At some point I too might lay down a rocker (that would be cool) but for now the tunes arising are taking other forms.

The instrumentation was calling for staccato sounds for the drops (piano, dulcimer, pizz. strings) and the slower changing strings, solo cello, oboe, and synth to represent the changing light, clouds and breeze. I have also had this bossa nova beat banging around in the back of my mind for a while and it finally emerged on this piece.

I find it quite funny how aspects of a composition come together - for me it is never a very detailed plan. It's more like dumping a bunch of lego on a table and starting to build something with only the vaguest sense at the outset what that might be.

I laughed about your comment about the ending as I think it is still too long and I was going to cut it shorter. In any case, I'm in no hurry to do a remix so it will likely not get any more abrupt!

Thanks again, and
Keep well,
Doug
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Moviz said 4346 days ago (October 23rd, 2007)
This is
really nice and fresh and to me it's an October answer to " There's a Summer Place' from the 70's if you can remember that. This also like that song, could stand the test of time. Lovely listening, no need to change a thing for me, M
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Doug Somers said 4345 days ago (October 24th, 2007)
Hello Maurice
Thank you for your thoughtful comments - I'm glad you think this piece has staying power!

If you mean "Theme from a Summer Place" by Percy Faith (and re-recorded by a zillion others) then yes, I know it well. I don't think that October Rain is quite up to that league (but kind of you to draw the comparison!) I agree that both do evoke a sense of season in an easy, lyrical and upbeat way.

Thanks again for stopping by.

Cheers mate,
Doug
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said 4344 days ago (October 25th, 2007)
Nice
Very catchy and lingering, a nice produced song very clean and wonderful!
Doug Somers said 4344 days ago (October 25th, 2007)
Hey
thanks for the supportive comments! This work seems a fair stretch from most of your territory and I'm glad you came by for a listen. (in fact, October Rain is more like something my parents would listen to, but....that's how it came out!)

You've provided me a reminder to pop over and see what you've been up to.

Keep well!
Doug
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said 4343 days ago (October 26th, 2007)
La pluie

Belle musique , melodique et calme , bravo ! .
Doug Somers said 4343 days ago (October 26th, 2007)
Merci monsieur
Vous etes tres gentil! J'espere de composer avec un coeur sensible et manifeste.
Merci encore,
Doug

(et pardonnez-moi pour les accents qui manque.)
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Scott Carmichael said 4343 days ago (October 26th, 2007)
that dripping percusion
is perfect... this is quality stuff... and your production really shines... what did you use for bass... it sounds like synth... but the way you'
ve played it really sounds like real player choices..

very good work

Scott
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Doug Somers said 4343 days ago (October 27th, 2007)
Hi Scott
Thanks for your very kind and encouraging remarks. I am so glad you liked the piece!

Thanks for noticing the bass, which was worked on more than I usually do. I did use loops for the bass - Laid Back Jazz Bass - however I went through and ordered them in a way that was intended to sound as un-loopy as I could get while still trying to sound like it had a natural 'live player' flow to it. I think they are in sets of 16 bar segments that do get re-used but with enough variation that it seems to work.

Thanks again for stopping by, and keep well,
Doug
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John Stebbe said 4253 days ago (January 24th, 2008)
Great
Great effects here, Doug. An enjoyable listen. Lots of very believable instrument sounds and performances, especially the cello. The acoustic guitar towards the end is especially effective.
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Doug Somers said 4249 days ago (January 28th, 2008)
Hi John
Thanks for stopping by and having a listen. I appreciate your comments about the instrumentation which was fun to put together but left me a little disappointed about the quality of some of the sounds. I plan to re-work this with some of the new sample packages I have bought so stay tuned. The guitar bits did sound OK and in fact the ending of this piece is the part I like best.

Thanks again!

Doug
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Name: Doug Somers
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I make music for pleasure, usually using a computer to create soundscapes around all kinds of music. I used to jam with a local celtic group, playing bodhran and 12 string guitar, but I find that my technical and live performance skills fall short o... [see more]

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Smooth jazz is generally described as a genre of music that utilizes instruments (and, at times, improvisation) traditionally associated with jazz and stylistic influences drawn from, among other sources, funk, pop and R&B. Since the late 1980s, it h

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