It’s Throwback Thursday!!! Been a while, people! Nathan and I have both been swept up in getting my books published, and although that task is complete, we are now producing the first book trailer for the series. Nathan is planning to compose an original piece of music for the trailer, based on the Chanson de l’Ange aria. I will be very excited to share the trailer with you all when it has been completed. Meanwhile, in honor of Throwback Thursday, I am sharing a different video.
I wrote the Chanson de l’Ange aria back in 2005. Shortly after that, Nathan composed the accompaniment and I recorded the song in our home studio. Then a friend of mine created this beautiful fan video per my request. The aria will be included on the Chanson CD, but as my voice is no longer up to par, we are thrilled that Toni Gibson recorded a beautiful rendition for the CD, scheduled for release in March of 2014. Have a musical day, and please share with your friends!
One of the greatest joys a musician can have is participating in the creation of music. For composers, songs and music find various pathways into the listening world. Some argue that writing music is a technical process which involves a certain mechanism of the human brain…but there are some melodies that when first heard, resonate so richly in the heart and the ear that you may think you have heard them before-or that they have always been.
I can think of several well known melodies which fit that description: “O Danny Boy” comes immediately to mind; “Silent Night”; Paul McCartney’s “Yesterday”, and for fans of classical music, well known arias like “O Mio Babbio Caro”. These pieces are imbued with an emotional component that, depending on your personal taste in music, can easily evoke a special time or place in your life.
This was my experience when I first heard Nathan’s composition The Shepherd’s Call. I remember hearing the first strains of this Celtic inspired piece years ago wafting up from our basement home studio. I literally stopped what I was doing and drew in my breath at the beauty of it. And not just the beauty of it, but the haunting familiarity of it; as if I had heard that melody before, long ago-like the resonating sweetness of a beautiful dream one faintly remembers upon waking up. I listened as Nathan orchestrated the track then recorded the solo part on a 10 dollar penny whistle. I racked my brain trying to recall where I had heard that music before and figured it was from some popular film soundtrack. It was instantly hummable and it delicately hurt my heart-but in that good way music can sometimes hurt.
Later when I questioned Nathan about what he had been playing, when he told me it was his own composition I was floored. Not that I didn’t think him already capable of writing gorgeous music. I just didn’t know he could write THAT kind of gorgeous music.
Although the piece has been performed live twice; once by a full college orchestra and once by a small church orchestra-The Shepherd’s Call has been under wraps for a number of years, just waiting for the world to discover it. Our intention for this piece is to turn it into an actual song to be recorded by Celtic vocalist http://siobhanowen.com
The lyric has not even been written yet, and who knows if it will even retain the working title of The Shepherd’s Call, but please enjoy this rare recording of the instrumental version, certain to transport you to a familiar, heart tugging moment in time…and have a musical day!
Bonnie Anne~the IA team
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