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#1134843 - 01/11/18 11:15 AM "Memories of You"...  
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Lately, maybe because it’s a new year, I’ve been reflecting more on the past and the people who are no longer with us. Those melancholy memories haunt & taunt us throughout our lives – though we wouldn’t trade them for the world. Anyway, this was the mindset that created this music. I think without sadness, I never would have become a composer.


"Memories of You":
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#1134854 - 01/11/18 02:54 PM Re: "Memories of You"... [Re: John Lawrence Schick]  
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HI John,


A wonderful piece of music.
I always like to close my eyes when I listen to your creations.
This one, allows you to float gently along on every note...THANKS.


Calvin


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#1134867 - 01/11/18 07:22 PM Re: "Memories of You"... [Re: John Lawrence Schick]  
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Hi John,

Deliberate, thoughtful, Les Six-ish, and resignedly sad.

In a word--beautiful. smile

Mike


Fate doesn't hang on a wrong or right choice
Fortune depends on the tone of your voice

-The Divine Comedy (Neil Hannon)
from the song "Songs of Love"
from the album "Casanova" (1996)
#1134871 - 01/11/18 08:15 PM Re: "Memories of You"... [Re: John Lawrence Schick]  
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Wow, John...so wistful...just lovely!

Ricki

#1134877 - 01/11/18 11:06 PM Re: "Memories of You"... [Re: John Lawrence Schick]  
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Hi John:

Life can be so hard... and then something beautiful like "Memories of You" reaches into the heart and soul of the listener... and takes away most of that pain. You are right... sad songs and compositions are capable of healing in their own way. Not that a "Happy Song" is incapable of the same result.

I can't say enough about the beauty of this composition. Thanks for sharing it with us... and, if it isn't already being aired somewhere in a film or TV series... it will be. You make us proud. ----Dave

B-T-W... this is the first time I've seen your "site" after your initial preview. Perfect layout. I think you covered all the bases.

#1134949 - 01/13/18 03:51 PM Re: "Memories of You"... [Re: John Lawrence Schick]  
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Thanks everyone! Glad you liked my new site Dave. I'll probably add new sections when the ideas arrive.

Best, John smile

#1135256 - 01/19/18 03:55 PM Re: "Memories of You"... [Re: John Lawrence Schick]  
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John,

The composition does seem to have the wistful yearning that your song title implies. I see that it is labeled as a soundtrack. Use as a musicbed for visual media would indeed seem fitting for it and I see where you have had good success in writing for that purpose.

The balancing of romanticism and songbook-style in the harmony as well as the production setting with piano lead and strings hearken back to the 70s and 80s a bit, bringing to mind composers like Marvin Hamlisch and soundtracks to movies like "Somewhere in Time".

The movement of your tonal center seems to float from F to Bb, to G minor, to G major, back to Bb, G minor, and Bb to end the piece. This journey seems to convey the impression of a roving trip down memory lane with various memories of good times and challenging ones, ending in peace. I could hear and see it being used in a funeral montage or after the breakup of a long relationship in the storyline as the two parties reflect, perhaps.

Even as a piece for use in video and film, I still find myself wanting to hear more of a solid melody line in parts of the song. There are areas such as around the 0:35, 2:15, and 2:50 marks where I can't tell if some notes are arpeggiated chords or part of the melody. Perhaps you could abbreviate the arpeggios and/ or use some block chords for harmony in areas where the melody reaches toward middle C and below. I also lose the melody in the section from 1:10 to 1:20 where arpeggios are interspersed with accent chords in the right hand octave. However, I do find the higher tessitura chords refreshing and a more modern touch somehow. Perhaps lose the broken chords here as well?

One other item of note is the lack of perceived rhythmic variety in the melody. The fact that the smallest subdivision of melody notes is eighth notes makes the melody feel somewhat ponderous and stilted at this slow tempo, even mechanical at times. Some occasional sixteenth notes would add some flavor and grace to melody lines, providing a more lyrical effect.

Or, if there were a string or wind instrument playing the melody, more variety may be perceptible through sustained half, whole, and dotted half notes, etc. that are already there. The nature of the piano's decay paired with the broken chords in the left hand give me the false sense that almost all melody notes are either quarter or eighth notes. In fact, a solo instrument may also solve the aforementioned concern regarding which notes are melody and which are accompaniment.

Thanks for sharing and best wishes on getting media placement for your song!

Maroon

#1135277 - 01/20/18 05:47 AM Re: "Memories of You"... [Re: John Lawrence Schick]  
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Hey Maroon,

Thanks for the comprehensive review. I understand all your points and I agree with some of them. This music was composed only as a "mood" piece to be used as an underscore. My emotional template was "a lonely person sitting in a restaurant/ lounge reflecting on life and a failed romantic relationship".

Rachmaninoff's "Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini" from Somewhere in Time is one of my favorite melodies.

Thanks again for taking the time for this review.

Best, John smile

#1135353 - 01/21/18 01:14 PM Re: "Memories of You"... [Re: John Lawrence Schick]  
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Very welcome, John!

I'm glad that the remarks were coherent and that some of them resonated with you. I certainly appreciate that the piece is for purposes of mood, which it sets nicely. It's to your credit and evidence of your craft that you were able to convey to me as the listener through a titled piece of instrumental music almost precisely the real-world scenario you initially imagined when writing it!

Yes, that Rachmaninoff melody is special, isn't it? (As are other melodies of his!) My Dad, more of a Pop, Rock, and Soul guy, introduced me to that soundtrack among others. Just a testament to its universality.

Best wishes for continued success!

Maroon


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