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This started as a Native American Flute solo, but as I've listened to some 'modern' courting flute music, I noticed that there are several fusions and borrowings from Western popular music. I went ahead and tried a pop-style arrangement of the piece, and although it has some definite 'El Condor Pasa' leanings, I decided to post it, anyway. The melody came almost too easily, so if you recognize it as something else, please let me know.
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Comments: 35
Fans: 18
Plays: 150
Downloads: 144
Votes: 6
Uploaded: Nov 25, 2007 - 09:45:42 PM
Last Updated: Nov 25, 2007 - 09:45:42 PM Last Played: Jan 19, 2018 - 05:10:20 AM
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Hardware:
The usual - PB4, Snowball, Roland, guitar, courting flute.
Software:
GarageBand
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Feter said 3979 days ago (November 25th, 2007)
Waiting
AWESOME !! ... here we are again with a new
picture and a new space of this charming flute .
no I dont hear anything but genuine californian
folkie sound reminds me of Kate Wolf ..my freind
this is your sweetest more emotional song ..thank
you for sharing such gem !!
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kristyjo said 3978 days ago (November 26th, 2007)
Thank you for listening -
You get 'firsties'! I'm glad you enjoy this, and the mix of instruments is enjoyable for you. Also thanks for the note in the chat box!
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paul f. page said 3978 days ago (November 25th, 2007)
Just a...
...sweet song for a mournful flute. The more contemporary feeling of this works very well with guitar background. Sometimes I am feeling you're a little out of breath, so the pitch suffers just a tad here and there. I sure like this gentle tune and the calm it exudes. (I wonder what it would sound like with just flute as you did in the two earlier numbers with this flute.) It is so great to hear you experimenting with this sound and the genre. Very peaceful, musical, pleasant, satisfying.
Peace.
Paul
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kristyjo said 3978 days ago (November 25th, 2007)
Paul-
Thanks for your listening ear. The flute is pitched differently than tempered tuning, so it's been a real bear to get to work with other instruments. I retuned my guitar so it would work, kind of, and then had to discard the bass line that I'd done on MIDI keyboard. No wonder the courting flute is a solo instrument! It reminds me of working with Egyptian musicians who played 'oriental' instruments AND western instruments, but would never dream of putting both of them together, because of the differing systems. (Violin was the exception to this dilemma.)

I have a single flute version of this, but it just sounds 'plain' to me now. I may post it sometime in the near future, though, and see how it does.
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paul f. page said 3978 days ago (November 26th, 2007)
nevertheless...
...this still sounds awfully nice. Thanks for the info about the tuning, though. I hadn't thought of that and, no doubt, it 's just more "characteristic" than anything else. It does pose a hurtle for western-turned instruments, but you are still doing some really great things with this. More than just clever— musical!
Paul
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racerat said 3978 days ago (November 26th, 2007)
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Hey KristyJo,
Nice piece. I think all the tonal and pitch variations and slight inconsistencies add a human touch to a very personal and intimate song. If is was too clean (as a lot of music is getting in this digital age) I think it might lose it's charm. The only suggestion I might make is that the timing seems to lag in a couple places, so maybe try tracking to a metronome (does GB offer that?) and then take it out later. Otherwise, very moving. Thanks!
Philip
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kristyjo said 3978 days ago (November 26th, 2007)
Thanks, Philip
GB does offer a metronome, and I did use it, but I know what you mean about the tempo. I did a few tweaks in the mixing stage to fix a few overly enthusiastic rubatos, but didn't have the patience to re-record. I'm glad you appreciate the characteristic tone bends and ornaments. As for digital music, sometimes I think the bar is set too high for perfection, and not high enough for expression. Thanks for your comments!
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bud said 3978 days ago (November 26th, 2007)
Beautiful piece of music
both guitar and flute sound great. I don't hear anything familiar other than another excellent Kristyjo number. Thanks for posting.
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kristyjo said 3977 days ago (November 27th, 2007)
Thanks, Bud,
for the assurance that this isn't a pirated song:) After listening over and over, I begin to second guess myself. I'm glad you enjoyed it.
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thetiler said 3978 days ago (November 26th, 2007)
nice
and sweet flute, like the strumming as well. Like how the melody is very easy to catch on to. Has a real indian theme I think. Also, thanks for being such a great part of MJ. Like those guitar leads and how they blend. ***Nice ending on how the flute follows the guitar lead!

Thanks for sharing!
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kristyjo said 3976 days ago (November 28th, 2007)
Bill -
Thanks for stopping by. I do enjoy trying out things like this, and knowing that you enjoyed listening to it is the icing on the cake!
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michael2 said 3977 days ago (November 27th, 2007)
nice
at first I was thinking "how does she get a software instrument to sound like that?" and now I see that it's real. makes it even cooler. i could definitely hear this in a soundtrack. i like the gtr backing as well, sounds great with that mournful flute.
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kristyjo said 3975 days ago (November 28th, 2007)
Thanks
for commenting. I usually use software instruments, for the flexibility in changing things around, and fixing up mistakes, but, you're right, a real instrument does have real advantages that software instruments can't even touch, when it comes to being able to express things. I'm glad you came to listen.
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said 3977 days ago (November 27th, 2007)
Lovely...
...and haunting as well Kristine. I wish there were lyrics to this. I'd love to try singing to this. You play that flute with conviction, and not just by the numbers. I like the interplay between the guitar and the flute...yes, lovely and haunting...Bravo!

Be well!

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kristyjo said 3975 days ago (November 28th, 2007)
Actually,
There are some half figured out lyrics, which is where the title comes from. I am a person who celebrates Advent at this time of year, and that's sort of the direction this was, and maybe still is going. The unadorned melody is quite simple and memorable, so i agree, there should be words.
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Doadars Uncle said 3976 days ago (November 28th, 2007)
Sweet mix!
So nice.

Hey Kristy! I really like this style of music. Peaceful.

You are doing quite well.

Peace,
Doug
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kristyjo said 3974 days ago (November 29th, 2007)
Doug,
Simple is good.
Thanks for listening.
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Ibstrat said 3976 days ago (November 28th, 2007)
Beautiful
playing.Totally different from anything I have heard here.You really express lots of emotion with your music.Fantastic!
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kristyjo said 3974 days ago (November 29th, 2007)
Thanks
I am really working on getting some of the Native American flute ideas in my fingers, so I can pick it up again for my own playing enjoyment at my leisure. This recording of the flute part was done when I had plenty of time to play and get comfortable with the fingerings.
I appreciate your comments, as your musicianship and musical expression are quite excellent!
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dajama said 3975 days ago (November 28th, 2007)
Sweet
and a perfect way to finish off the day. Excellent playing and very nice melody (completely original as far as I can tell! - although i know what you mean about the tune coming too easily. I'm always worried that I've just "written" Gimme Shelter or something...) This has a a mournful, but somehow optimistic feeling. I guess I always associate the flute with sad music (maybe because I'm irish!) but this has a definite sweetness. Very cool. Nice work. Peace.
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kristyjo said 3974 days ago (November 30th, 2007)
Thank you for listening -
I like the 'mournful but hopeful' idea. It's interesting that sometimes the simplest of instruments can provide the most complex mix of emotions.
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guitapick said 3975 days ago (November 29th, 2007)
Reminds me of...
...a band called "Urabamba". Music from the Andes.

Nice piece, KristyJo. I'm a big fan of this kind of music and you play it very well.
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kristyjo said 3973 days ago (December 1st, 2007)
Bob-
You're right, it does have that kind of a vibe. A couple of panpipes and an armadillo guitar, and I could have a band :)Glad you enjoyed it!
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said 3975 days ago (November 29th, 2007)
quite lovely
it's beautiful, kristyjo. i like the exquisitely descending end notes on the flute. shaker, guitar, flute and YOU have created a wonderful mood.
i enjoyed every measure!
anne
kristyjo said 3972 days ago (December 2nd, 2007)
Thanks for listening
and your kind comments. I really like the types of ornamentation that are used on this flute, too. It's nice of you to stop by!
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said 3973 days ago (December 1st, 2007)
ThankYou Krystyjo..
What a moving song it really makes me 'float away' with the flute - amazing..(!)You are REALLY GOOD WOW what a melody this is ! It gets my eyes damp - to be Honest a few tears did roll dn my cheeks:) You play it so senstively...LOVE IT 8 ) : ) ( 8 TX Again
Lena
kristyjo said 3972 days ago (December 2nd, 2007)
Thank you, Lena,
For listening and sharing your kind comments. I'm glad this touched your emotions and that you enjoyed it!
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said 3969 days ago (December 5th, 2007)
Hi
Thanks again & Thanks for Your comment in my forum, so good with some Woman here in the mans world 8 ) : ) ( 8
I'm deleteing zoi account now,don't know my new name yet I hope I'm not totally baned
Wishing You & Your Family a Peaceful Holiday time !n
Helena
Enrique Gil said 3972 days ago (December 2nd, 2007)
I love the flute....
and the sweet sad melody...I assume you played both the flute and the guitar? Both sound great, Thank you for sharing your music.
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kristyjo said 3958 days ago (December 16th, 2007)
Hi,
Thanks for your comments and listening ear. (I didn't get to read them until today.) I hope your travels have been going well. I do play the flute and guitar live, and then I used software instruments for the drum and shaker, to avoid introducing more white noise with the additional layers of open mic. I may try re-recording this after Christmas, and fixing the tuning issues, without losing some of the expressiveness I managed on this take of flute playing.
Happy Holidays!
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John Stebbe said 3958 days ago (December 16th, 2007)
Melody
The melody reminds me of an African-American spiritual. Not any one in particular, but it has that quality.

OK, yes -- it does remind me of some pop tune from the 70s -- what is it? I'll think of it.

It will come to me in the shower tomorrow morning. That's usually when I get my brainstorms.

I like the shaker. Nice touch to glue the track together.

Is that you on the real guitar? You've got some nice guitar chops.

Your flute playing is soulful and pleasing. I like the little 'fall' effects you sometimes put at the end of phrases.

OK, I think I know what it reminds me of now -- "Wayfaring Stranger." Yours is not a copy of that song, but when it goes into the major IV chord, with the melody note on 'La' (the tonic) -- that's when I get echoes of "Wayfaring Stranger."

A very beautiful track.
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said 3946 days ago (December 28th, 2007)
'El Condor Pasa' !! Very funny!
I have often wondered about the sheer mechanics of that group. I once had the singular experience of watching them perform under Grand Central Station while talking on the phone to a friend in Denver who was watching them perform in a bus shelter. How do they do that, anyway? Is there a Universidad del Condor Pasa in Ecuador that's cranking these guys out? I don't get it.
Anyway, as far as the song goes, it sounds very nice, very well played. For my money, the timing issues help nudge along the fiction that this is a band rehearsing, so not a problem here.
said 3944 days ago (December 30th, 2007)
Holds it's own
I'm sure you've heard an Inca Gold CD? I have a few I enjoy - but in every different tune I find something unique. A lot of the tunes have a common ground in the instruments and sounds....

This one of yours is relaxing and very enjoyable - didn't sound like a song I've heard, albeit there are familiar sounds and scales..

. - Harold
Roxylee said 3924 days ago (January 19th, 2008)
Makes me feel...
nostalgic. nice flute and guitars together.:-)
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leemiguel2004 said 3773 days ago (June 18th, 2008)
Really lovely
I love this sort of music. It reminds me of being in south american and seeing the Mayan temples. This really is a beautiful recording. The expansive flute playing and the gentle pop-style accompaniment goes really well together. You should write more of this style of music. It is so lovely.
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