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Impromptu - Spring

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This is my entry for the first round of the 2012 Newgrounds Audio Death Match. I was originally planning on doing something completely different. High octane, driving, and completely in-your-face. For some reason though, this simplistic, beautiful melody and chord progression kept running through my mind. This morning, on the last day of the round, I decided to ditch the old idea and go with the flow of inspiration. Here is some background to this piece that started out as an improvisation.

My grandma passed away a little less than a month ago. In the weeks leading up to her death, it was terribly depressing to see her physical condition rapidly worsen. Yet the day she passed away, she looked so calm. The entire family was gathered around her room; dad was playing games on his cell-phone, the little kids were chasing one another around the room laughing, and the older siblings were casually conversing. It was a perfectly normal scene with my grandma surrounded by the ones she loved. She simply exhaled deeply and was gone.

I felt surprisingly at peace when she passed. It was as if everything was just how she wanted it in her last moments, and that reassured me. Her death got me thinking about how one women was able to create a legacy in the form of us kids. Who knows the things we'll do in our lives, the opportunities we'll seize, and the beautiful memories we'll create? She made that possible.

It made me think of the changing of the seasons. Like the sad days leading to my grandma's death, the cold of winter causes some things to whither and die. Yet it also paves way for spring and allows new life to flourish with its passing. I know my grandma is gone, but she allowed for me to be alive. Now it's my Spring.

It's bittersweet, the cycle of life and death. But it's a beautiful thing.

Note: Like much classical music, you might have to turn up the volume quite a bit. There's a lot of dynamic contrast in this piece and I had a hard time keeping the loud parts from clipping. That, and I'm still a newb when it comes to mastering.


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Music fits well in at the end in moonkid with the parents.

Very, very beautiful piece.
But the tunes at 1:15 to 1:30 sounds very similar to me. After thinking for a long time, I finally found it! It coincidentally sounds a bit like My Way by Frank Sinatra in piano version.
Nevertheless, I still enjoy this piece very much. Thank you for the music :)

BlazingDragon responds:

You're right! Not exactly the same, but a definite resemblance. It doesn't surprise me since I love that song, haha. Thanks for pointing it out, I'm thrilled you like my song. :)

I'm currently writing a visual novel, and this song would make a perfect addition to the soundtrack, that is if you don't mind me using it of course.


BlazingDragon responds:

Go right ahead! Just be sure to credit me. :) I'd love to see the visual novel when you are done.

Like everyone else, I shed manly tears listening to this. You should start looking to compose tracks for Visual Novels, I would love to see this sort of work applied to a story like Katawa Shoujo's perhaps.

Truly brilliant work.

BlazingDragon responds:

Thank you very much. I've never read a visual novel, but I've heard some of their soundtracks and love the idea. That is definitely something I'd like to look into.

Reading your story with this music playing in the background, im afraid i shed one manly tear. It reminded me of my grandfather.

BlazingDragon responds:

Nothing wrong with that. I saw Les Miserables today and cried like a baby (that's unusual for me). Thanks for the review, and best to you.

Credits & Info

4.90 / 5.00

Aug 15, 2012
5:44 PM EDT
File Info
8.2 MB
3 min 35 sec

Licensing Terms

Please contact me if you would like to use this in a project. We can discuss the details.