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#1245952 - 08/08/09 09:56 PM Caterpillar
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Registered: 04/02/09
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http://www.soundclick.com/bands/page_songInfo.cfm?bandID=847214&songID=7906102

This is sort of a ragtime piece, or at least it ends up that way. In the first theme, our hero the caterpillar is just kind of inching along feeling sorry for himself. The second theme is kind of the dream sequence - he's imagining himself taking flight and soaring all about, but then he awakes and remembers that he is but an earthbound dweller, and a sad one at that. Then in the last theme he emerges from his cocoon as a butterfly and zooms around to the happy sounds of ragtime music!

This piece came about when I was doodling on the piano with no particular goal. I happened to play the main phrase, which I didn't think much of besides that it was kind of unoriginal and trite, and I thought I wonder what would happen if I tried to turn it into a whole composition, so I just let it write itself from there. From such an inauspicious beginning came what I think is kind of a nice little piece.

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#1245970 - 08/08/09 10:44 PM Re: Caterpillar [Re: fingerbreaker]
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I smiled a lot as I listened to this! I liked the dream sequence esp., the jumpy flying stuff. Cute idea, now you need to add video, it screams for it.

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#1246426 - 08/09/09 09:27 PM Re: Caterpillar [Re: musiccr8r]
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Thanks! I dont' know about a video - caterpillars are cooperative enough but butterflies can be such prima donnas. Unless I can hire a really good CG firm... smile

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#1258666 - 08/29/09 06:11 PM Re: Caterpillar [Re: fingerbreaker]
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I like it. Specifically, I like these aspects:

* You achieved the sometimes-contradictory goals of maintained structure while avoiding repetition.
* You evoked your chosen theme "caterpiller" quite well.
* You transitioned nicely from the caterpiller to the "butterfly" at the end.
* You kept the listener interested, with jazzy little diversions, and hints of ragtime and neoclassical elements.

You have talent, my friend. This recording earned two complete listens from me! thumb
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#1259294 - 08/30/09 09:42 PM Re: Caterpillar [Re: gerg]
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Thanks, gerg! I really appreciate your comments. This recording was actually made about four years ago and if you can believe it, I never wrote down the music or recorded it onto midi. And now I've forgotten how to play it! The positive feedback on the piece has been quite motivational for me to get down to business and transcribe the darn thing.

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#1259351 - 08/30/09 11:19 PM Re: Caterpillar [Re: fingerbreaker]
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Do it, by all means. I was recently encouraged by a friend to do the same. The reason: Our music, once published, will outlive us. I saw in another thread that you've celebrated at least five years of marriage. Your music is a legacy you can leave for your children. Yours is worth saving IMO.
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