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Sadness and Sorrow v.2

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Jun 16, 2008 | 5:36 AM EDT
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1.5 MB
1 min 38 sec
4.24 / 5.00

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Rated 4.24 / 5 stars
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NOTE: Just a quick heads up! You may have to turn up the volume a bit on this one. It is a bit on the quiet side (Unless my speakers are simply terrible and/or broken).

Before someone inevitably asks, the answer is no; this is not Naruto. It isn't related to the song "Sadness and Sorrow" on Naruto, nor did I even watch the anime at the time I wrote this. That is a great song, but this is completely unrelated aside from the coincidental sharing of titles. :P

Now that we've got that out of the way, on to the actual commentary. I wrote this piece long ago, and I've come a long way musically since then. However, I have received several requests to remake this song. I've added a VERY simple intro, a nicer piano soundfont, some strings, and I've tweaked the volume in a few spots. I think it sounds a lot better, but you can compare if you'd like.

Anyhow, I look forward to your comments! I would love to know your opinion, how I might improve this, or even what you imagine as you listen to this music. I read and respond to every review, so don't shy away! XD

Thanks in advance, and enjoy. :)

PS. I really need a decent strings sample for free. I have been using the string soundfont that comes with the FL Studio demo, but I can't stand it anymore. Know of any good samples for free?



Rated 5 / 5 stars

I agree

That is very touching and emotional, very sadening.

BlazingDragon responds:

I like composing sad music. :)



Rated 5 / 5 stars

truly touching

ok whatever was missing from SaS v1 was very heavily here. i knew it was going to be good on the first note. and when the stings came in. myjaw dropped. it is absolutely beautiful. this is what i see

i see a POW(prisiner of war), an american soldier held captive. The rest of his squad, anihilated. his hope to escape, squashed. With arms held up above his head by rope, the marks of torture covering his body, he weeps. Not for fear or pain. But sorrow. he recalls the last sweet moments he spend with his friends before the ambush how they laughed at eachothers jokes, telling eachother what they will do when their term is over. then the first shot rang. The torturers are coming down the hall now, he will learn to recognise the sound of that bootfall on stone floor well very well. He hastily straitens up. honor and pride streached across his face as the door to his cell opens. 3 men walk in. And as the song fades away so does the picture. but lastly seen within the gloom of the cell is a smile on the face of the soldier.

i dont know why he smiles but that is what i see nevertheless.

beautiful song. i thought up many different scenarios to attach to this masterpiece but this one stood out the most to me. because i know this could be happening to any one of our soldiers held captive in iraq. i was truly honored to shake the hand of a reaturned solder recently. i told him i was honored to meet him. that i was thankful for his servis to this country and to this freadom i am allowed to have. Withought our soldiers this country would be in ruin from all the attacks other countries have laid on our lap. Please everybody its easy to forget a war when the bias'd liberal media doesnt cover it just remember that people have been tortured and died so that i could write this today in freedom. and so you could read it.

^^^ i do that because im going to change my acount name soon. haveing my full name displayed is stupidity

this is my last review for today

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BlazingDragon responds:

I really must apologize for how long it has taken me to respond. I've been very busy lately and have many reviews to catch up on! I actually wrote a lengthy response to this a long time ago, but my computer froze and I lost it. :/ I don't remember all that I said, so I'll just write a new response.

First off, wonderful story. It is different than what I imagined, but that is what I love about music. The smile at the end is interesting. Almost ironic. My cousin was soldier in Iraq and died recently. His vehicle apparently ran over a land mine and he was gravely injured. Though he was quickly flown home to the states, both his arms and legs were amputated. He would be a quadriplegic for the rest of his life, and he was only in his early twenties. He died shortly thereafter.

Whether or not you agree with the war in Iraq, we should at least support our soldiers. They are out there risking their very lives to protect our country. It is so easy to forget that we have soldiers dying when it doesn't directly affect us. It is easy to forget that we are at war as we sit at home on the computer. But young men and women with entire lives ahead of them are dying to protect the country that they love. I burn with anger when I here about radical liberals protesting around the funeral of a soldier. That soldier died to protect us! It makes me wonder if there is any honor left in the world?

I never thought much about Iraq until my cousin died. Now, I realize much more clearly that there is more at stake than meets the eye. It all reminds me of the famous poem "In Flanders Fields".

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

A beautiful poem. Just think of the USA instead of Flanders. Anyway, thank you very much for the review. I am glad to know that you support our soldiers. It brings me great joy.



Rated 5 / 5 stars


Again I am left speechless, by you.. BlazingDragon (aka Blaze). I have faroited most of your songs or at least half.

BlazingDragon responds:

This one especially means a lot to me. I wrote the original a very long time ago and the track means a lot. It is very simplistic and yet one of my better pieces (IMO).



Rated 5 / 5 stars


Love the piano work.

Seriously. That added to the very, very, quiet and atmospheric strings, makes this piece captivating.

It may be simple. But it's powerful nonetheless. Honestly- I don't know what to say about this one.

A McAwesomeBurger for you, perhaps?

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BlazingDragon responds:

I'm a bit worried this won't do well in MAC8 due to the simplicity (And the fact that Winterwind-NS, Simon-F, JoshHunsaker, SmartPoetic, and others are submitting!). Your review is very reassuring however. I like to think that I packed all mmy emotions into this one, despite it's simplistic form. I just hope that's enough.

It is great to recieve a review from a good musician here. I really enjoy some of your music!

Thanks for the review,


Rated 5 / 5 stars

Ok ok OK... >:(

Why is it that every... SINGLE... SONG in the whole contest sounds like this? Ok, dont gte me wrong. I am loving all these songs. They sound great and peacful. However, none of them have any origanility in them besidesn the fact that they are all created. Yes I know, you worked very hard with this song.. but you got to make it sound.. different than the rest! DO you know how hard it is to judge 100+ songs that sound exactly alike?

I loved the song itself though. Very sad.. in fact I think THIS ONE has a better chance of winning than the rest of them. How? Mybe by strictly luck. I may never know.

BlazingDragon responds:

I believe the answer to that question lies in the expressiveness of the piano itself. It truly has an incredible range in both register and dynamics, allowing it to communicate such a wide breadth of emotions. The ability to combine both melody and harmony simultaneously alone makes it a great option for sad songs. As to why I myself chose it? I'm a pianist and stink at orchestration. :P

I've looked through quite a few of the submissions, actually. I wouldn't say they all sound alike, either. While there may be quite a few solo piano pieces, they are still distinct in the utilized dynamics, registers, tempo, rhythyms, harmonies, chord progressions, and melodies. While this does sound similar in the fact that it is sad, I wouldn't go so far as to say it sounds the same as every other song. I tried to make it original with the way I combined the traits I listed a moment ago. The fact that many submissions are piano solos does not make them all "sound like this". Within the piano, there is an infinite number of ways to create distinctive sounds, styles, and harmonies. Compare a Bach fugue to David Lanz's new age piano solos. There is a very noticable difference setting them apart, though they both be piano songs and sometimes both "sad". I personally wouldn't mind judging dozens of piano solos so long as there is some degree of variation in style. Judging a hundred different songs with the same chord progression in, say, the nocturne form? That may become too monotonous for me. However, I will respect your opinions. After all, I guess your not attacking me or anything. :P This is just my opinion on the matter.

Whatever the case may be, I am glad that you enjoyed the song. I am quite relieved to hear that this may have a decent chance of winning, whether it be luck or not.

Thank you for the review,