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Well, since I didn't have much to say in my last song notes, I'll make up for it here. First of all, this piece has been very exciting for me, and quite an obsession for the past few days. I've really pushed myself to try a bunch of new things - including expanding the number of instruments used (and thus, the number of tracks fighting for screen space), working both on and off the grid (damn metronomes), and ALL of the percussion is completely done BY ME (not recorded live, just written into GB)! That was scary - let me know what you think!

The song title comes from a poem by Mary Oliver, my favorite poet, and the picture was taken by me a few years ago standing in a grove of redwoods in northern California, looking up, up, up. Every morning, I go for a walk through the woods by my house, and have watched in wonder as, once again, Fall enters in. As I began working on this piece, I had an image of a bright yellow Maple leaf, falling from the tree and being bounced joyously along by a crisp, Fall breeze, traveling it's way through the trees. But as I continued creating this music, it grew into so much more than just a leaf's journey. It has become, too, a soundtrack to accompany me each morning as I move Among The Trees.

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When I Am Among The Trees
By Mary Oliver

When I am among the trees,
especially the willows and the honey locust,
equally the beech, the oaks, and the pines,
they give off such hints of gladness.
I would almost say that they save me, and daily.

I am so distant from the hope of myself,
in which I have goodness, and discernment,
and never hurry through the world
but walk slowly, and bow often.

Around me the trees stir in their leaves
and call out, "Stay awhile."
The light flows from their branches.

And they call again, "It's simple," they say,
"and you too have come
into the world to do this, to go easy, to be filled
with light, and to shine."
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KissMeKate said 3996 days ago (November 6th, 2008)
Good job, baby!
The drums are great. This one has been getting often replayed in my head since I first heard you working on it.

Drew Kopr said 3996 days ago (November 6th, 2008)
You did all that percussion? Wowsa. Man this work rocks. Very well done.
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LunaTrick said 3996 days ago (November 6th, 2008)
superlative track!
I can tell that a lot of work went into this. Lots of interesting rhythm, great use of stereo field, nice dynamics. I love your other stuff too - but this has to be one of your best pieces to date.

Enjoyed the Oliver poem while listening - and was filled with light!
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futzpucker said 3996 days ago (November 6th, 2008)
I am very pleased for you.
Leaps and bounds, Shay, leaps and bounds...

Keep going... You're doing just great.

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Feter said 3996 days ago (November 6th, 2008)
Among The Trees
what a nice winter song .. absolutly an impressive
writing ..AND playing ..there s an elegant feel among
a foggy shpere there..your style just so deep with the
chords sequence you putted there ..enjoyed much ,thnx
alot fo rsharin such gem !!!!
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magnatone said 3996 days ago (November 6th, 2008)
Among The Trees
This piece represents a gigantic leap forward in your music, Shay! The drumming here is just fabulous, and the intricacy of your orchestration is a thing of beauty. Clean, crisp, moving, exciting - congratulations on this very impressive work.
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MarkHolbrook said 3996 days ago (November 6th, 2008)
Ok Shay
This is more than just a little gorgeous. Obviously as you can see it is spectacular!

I continue to be awed by you and your musical talent...

Gorgeous! I just wish it were a little longer!

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particledots said 3996 days ago (November 6th, 2008)
Lots of space yet lots going on. Great choice of sounds/tones and great arrangement

I think one of my faves of yours

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EEFliess said 3996 days ago (November 6th, 2008)
this is such a nice piece, good production. It's the caliber of Enya...no, in fact it's better, it has more classical in it, a very nice epic piece, I can hear a symphony doing this piece
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Morning Light said 3996 days ago (November 6th, 2008)
Beautiful Obsession! :)*
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TheKapitols said 3996 days ago (November 6th, 2008)
This was really fun to listen to. The percussion sounded great and really accentuates the feeling generated by the different portions of the song. I especially liked the marimba.
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lavalamp said 3996 days ago (November 6th, 2008)
Very nicely done
Percussion was very impressive. Great piece.

Thanks for the picture of home. Sometimes I miss it.

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elfdaughter said 3996 days ago (November 6th, 2008)
This is just amazing. A definite fave and download. Thanks so much for sharing. Amazing percussion - I know how tough it is, and I only did it for the cymbals in my version of the Nutcracker March
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saymme said 3996 days ago (November 6th, 2008)
Wow .. ... ......Courtseys : )
I love this right away , listened severaltimes before reading the lyrics - when I did that this just makes me melt, my chin dropping !! it added a dimension so great when listening - WOW (!) ! ! don't have abetter word I'm sorry : ) !! Courtseys & Flowers to You My Pleasure ...!!! lena

WildlifeAnalysis said 3996 days ago (November 6th, 2008)
Very cool.
The percussion really seals this one for me. Lovely tune is capped by swooping orchestral drums and a rich sonic backdrop. I'd love to chat with you about how you got to these sounds... very interested in incorporating them into these types of patterns myself :)
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thetiler said 3995 days ago (November 6th, 2008)
Thanks for sharing, lots of neat sounds that are well put together.

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Mystified said 3995 days ago (November 6th, 2008)
Wonderful music :)
Of course, the fact this is related to nature makes it all the more rich and rewarding--nature-music-girl that I am!

The percussion here is fantastic...and adds a wonderful dimension to this piece. Just beautiful :)

thank you!
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damiengh said 3995 days ago (November 7th, 2008)
Your efforts paid off bigtime. All the contrasts of sounds and tempos, made for a most enjoyable listen.

I have never tried the tempo changing on gb, that must have been fun figuring out. This song would fit in well on Sirius Radio's Spa 73 ( http://www.sirius.com/spa73 )
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ThroughRivers said 3995 days ago (November 7th, 2008)
this is sooooo good, actually its more than good its fantastic!!! im really impressed thanx for sharing this with us all!! i listen to the song before i read the description,just to see how it makes me feel, and your desciption was pretty close. well done!!!
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drakonis said 3995 days ago (November 7th, 2008)
superb ebbs and flows
Very very nice percussion work, sheesh! And as always, beautifully flowing piano work. The whole thing really gets the heart pumping here and there, just like a movie soundtrack does. I live how you pass the theme off to different instruments through the piece. Maybe use longer-note countermelody for the oboe at 0:42 against the piano, they compete. Other than that, really stunning work here, and at 1:35, the synth and harmony reminds me a bit of (the other dazzling) MissChaos. Love it!
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Alannah said 3994 days ago (November 8th, 2008)
Sheesh .....
... all the elements here .... there is the softness ... and then there is the "EPIC" .... my only wish would be to hear the whole thing LOUDER ... I think its (me) tho ... and my weirdo computer not putting the full vol into what I am listening to .... either that or I am going deaf ... hmmmm ... but nonetheless ... you have done something truly artful and fabulous here .. and I can hear all the hard work you have put into this .... (and) ... I can always plug anything I want into my own software and CRANK the vol (for my own evil listening purposes) ....
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poodyglitz said 3993 days ago (November 8th, 2008)
Nice Going
Very clean. Beautiful feel. Evocative. Great production. Music is fun, isn't it? It comes through here.
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Roxylee said 3992 days ago (November 10th, 2008)
Wow, Shay, this is awesome good! Majestic and delicate at the same time. Thank you for the poem, too; I'm going to read more of hers.
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RickB1 said 3990 days ago (November 11th, 2008)
Love it!
I can't add much more than what has already been said. This is a beautifully expressive piece that conveys tremendous sincerity and sense of wonder.

Well done!
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kristyjo said 3989 days ago (November 12th, 2008)
Great work with instrumentation!
The variety of instruments is impressive! I really like your use of the marimba. Percussion was very well laid out, although at 1:06 the bass drum was distractingly 'boomy' -everything else was well spaced and layered in very nicely. Sharing the poetry is also a very nice touch. Thanks!
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Bowman said 3989 days ago (November 13th, 2008)
A fresh and organic work that I very much enjoyed through all its lovely twist and turns.
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Garni said 3987 days ago (November 14th, 2008)
Great song
Love this kassia, Love the way this builds up to a real full on orchestral piece.

Thanks for the welcome into Macjams too.

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Doadars Uncle said 3977 days ago (November 25th, 2008)
Nice range of changes. It eases nicely from one moment to the next.

"... hints of gladness."

I think I could loop the whole thing and play it for hours. That's just the kind of guy I am!

btw I lived in Grand Forks for a few years. It was character building! lol
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mjAlbumPods said 3948 days ago (December 23rd, 2008)
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Char said 3821 days ago (April 30th, 2009)
poem. Trees seem mighty and eternal. We don't often enough stop to see how very large a tree has grown and to think about how long it has lived. Awesome. Thanks.
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Schello said 3788 days ago (June 2nd, 2009)
cosa posso dire
ascolto tutti i tuoi tune a bocca aperta!
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SlideOfHand said 3772 days ago (June 18th, 2009)
For about a 50 second from just before the 2:00 mark, that section that went really.... introspective... I could definitely imagine walking through a giant sequoia forest and just looking up through the trees. Maybe with a little bit of cinematic haze for that dreamy affect :P. Bravo.
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Silky5 said 3255 days ago (November 16th, 2010)
Just Love this
Well done. Great Orchestration and ambient effects. Lovely
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