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A Holiday Musical Gift And Vulnerable Share

Most of the writing I do here is in service of my mission to help people find more peace and joy in their work.  If I do say so myself, I think I’ve written some valuable stuff over the two years this blog has been around, and I also get the sense that sometimes my relentless focus on my mission can make it hard for readers to get a clear sense of who I am.

With that in mind, and as a special one-time holiday event, I want to introduce you to part of me that hasn’t received much air time on this blog, which is my musical side.  I wrote a few posts here and there about the music I like, but I haven’t shared my own compositions so far.  That silence . . . is about to be broken.  (Imagine that last line spoken in a movie preview narrator’s voice.)

Below are some links to music I wrote in Finale, which is a wonderful music notation program.  Normally I wouldn’t think of sharing my music as vulnerable — I love to compose and perform – but I wrote this music in somewhat unusual circumstances.  My friend and I recently decided to write some music in the dramatic, epic style of the adventure video games we liked to play as kids, and these short pieces are part of what the French would call that oeuvre.  (That’s the vulnerable part.)

Without further ado, enjoy!  I’ve really enjoyed talking with you all this year and I’m looking forward to another great one.  I’ll be back with a more “mission-oriented” post within the next few days.  :)

The links below are to very small (5 KB) MIDI files:

Confrontation

Town at Night

Cave

Sinister Laughter

Chase

Desert Town

22 thoughts on
A Holiday Musical Gift And Vulnerable Share

  1. Karl Staib - Work Happy Now

    They are awesome. With each song I can see the heroic character going through is trials and tribulations. I just played Mario Brothers for the Wii and they would be a great fit. Thanks for sharing.

    I feel the same way about my cartoons. I feel so naked every time I post them, but it’s great to release them to the world.

  2. Evelyn Lim

    Oh my, Chris, I didn’t realize how talented you are! I have had no idea! I am on another laptop at the moment and will be downloading your pieces on my main laptop a little later! Thanks!

  3. Chris Edgar - Post author

    Hi Karl — I’m glad you enjoyed them. I hadn’t thought of Mario Bros. when I wrote these but I can see the parallels. I’m looking forward to seeing some of your cartoons on your site.

  4. Chris Edgar - Post author

    Hi Stacey — yes, that’s a favorite of mine too — I need to get some tabla and bansuri players together and record a non-MIDI version to really do it justice. :)

  5. Jannie Funster

    I will have to enjoy these at the library later today. Internet still down at home and my iPhone saying Safari can’t open the files.

    So you’ll be seeing me here again!

  6. Robin

    How interesting! And how dramatic! Pity you weren’t around in my neck of the blogosphere last Christmas, when I put together the bloggers’ recording project – you could have been a star! Have you got a Myspace, Chris? – and what kind of performing do you do?

    Cheers and have a great new year – Robin

  7. Chris Edgar - Post author

    Hi Robin — so now I’ll have to fly down under and pay for studio time just like your other customers, huh? Oh, well, I know it’ll be worth it. But seriously, recently I’ve been playing with a jazz combo, but I’d like a venue for letting my own creative juices flow a bit more freely — I’ll tell you what I come up with.

    Happy holidays and good to hear from you again!

  8. Chris Edgar - Post author

    Hi Hayden — yeah, those MIDI sounds really recall the early game consoles, don’t they? Once I re-record this with the London Symphony Orchestra they will have a more contemporary sound.

  9. Jannie Funster

    Confrontation — a spy dance! I like the sudden ending. One spy lies unconscious.

    Cave — The wounded spy slinks through the streets, finds a pretty waterfall and reassesses his life.

    Sinister Laughter — The other spy comes to and stumbles into a coffee shop.

    Chase — Another spy comes onto the scene — spy number 3. The coffee shop spy describes the one who got away, and the 3rd follows. Sees first spy at the waterfall. The wounded waterfall spy finds sudden energy and runs away.

    Desert Town — Spy number 3 retires in a sleepy town, but is ever wary of being caught.

  10. Chris Edgar - Post author

    Hi Jannie — it sounds like you’ve practically made an avant-garde independent film with this as the score! We’re totally going to take Sundance by storm. I’ll have my people call your people. I love the image of “Sinister Laughter” being played as someone walks into a coffee shop. It’s a refreshing departure from the “entrance of the Dark Lord” scene I tend to play out when I hear it.

  11. Sara

    Chris — I realize you wrote this in December and shared your music…Sadly, for me, I missed this opportunity to visit and I gave you a hard time about not sharing your music. I have had a rather humbling talk with myself.

    But enough of me….THIS MUSIC IS WONDERFUL!!! I thought each piece was very appropriately named. Confrontation had that discordant sound in it that created the perfect musical confrontation, while still keeping the music soft on my ears.

    I also liked the Cave because it made me like I was walking in one with the walls kind of damp and yet, I know there’s something beautiful waiting for me.

    My favorite…this might have to do with the twisted side of my personality was Sinister Laughter. It was perfect…I could feel the threatening music and thear the manic laughter melody! I thought this piece was lots of fun!

    Anyway, they were all very good. You, my friend, are very talented:~)

  12. Chris - Post author

    Hi Sara — I’m really glad you liked it. I had a lot of fun writing the Sinister Laughter piece as well — I initially wrote it as sort of a musical joke for my friend (with whom I co-wrote the “Sadness” piece from my more recent entry). I think what you said about the Cave and Confrontation pieces really captures what I was trying to do a well. Thanks!

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