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Winter Moon

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This song was composed by a dear friend of mine named Kate Covington (Erutan). I made this re-arrangement and performed it with Merry as part of our duo 'Forest Elves'! It was an honour to perform such a beautiful song. The chanting is in Japanese, as this song was inspired by Yuki-Onna, an old Japanese folk tale.

You can find more of mine and Merry's work here:

All the very best!


I read that the story of the Yuki-Onna often opened the same way. A man wishes for a wife as beautiful as the icicles hanging from his roof. A woman would then appear to him from the snow and ice of winter. The two would declare themselves married then.
It would often end one of two ways, neither would be pleasant.
The man would either ask his new wife to soak in the bath, which she would melt from the heat give off from the hot water and steam, or she would disappear when winter ends, only to return to find her husband married to someone else. She'd become furious and kill him(?)
My memory of it is a bit foggy, but that's that. :I
Oh, also, you do song covers of Erutan's music like no other.

Another friend of Erutan's, I see? :D What a small world! I've only gotten in touch with her since 2011, but..... oh well. On to the music.

Your singing is beautiful -- the last note of "winter moon" could use a slight dragging. The way you sing this piece tells me you have the voice quality of a cantor.

The chanting at 2:00 added tension to the piece, and I appreciated it a lot -- the way your voice blended with Merry's. I would've appreciated a bit more instrumental buildup: after all, you're making the cover yours. Pounding strings and lush orchestration to build up, and then resolve back to the harp perhaps? ^_^

2:43: Merry's voice sounds like what you would hear in one of bassfiddlejones' pieces. She sounds almost like whoever sang "Do You Know Where You're Going To" -- a very timeless, old-style vocal quality.

4:10: Same as 2:00.

That erhu-sounding instrument at the end is poignant, and a very nice touch.

Thanks for sharing this work with us! I will go take a look at that YT channel and see any other works you've done.

4/5.5. Voted 5. Mine's mainly been a question of instrumentation at the chanting parts... but well done nonetheless. ^_^

etherealwinds responds:

I should have known you were an Erufan :) she's definitely one of my biggest inspirations. Being a cantor must fill you with such an amazing feeling each time you perform. Church acoustics, at least for reverb, are totally unmatched.

I actually created this specific instrumental the same week I downloaded FL Studio. Bar recording instruments acoustically, I'd had very little experience creating instruments with software, verging on none, so this instrumental would definitely be very much beginner! ^ ^

Thank you so much for the kind words and the really helpful review! All the best to you.

Bravo! simply great music

etherealwinds responds:

Thank you!! :)

Reminds me of the Skyrim Dragonborn with the smooth vocals. Great voice, I would love to hear some vocal harmonies around 1:22. That would of been great, or maybe a violin playing in harmony with the vocals. Great work!

etherealwinds responds:

That's so kind of you to say so, I plan on making a cover of The Dragonborn Comes sometime. Ever since Malukah covered it though, it became almost untouchable among other musicians!

That made me smile on the inside

etherealwinds responds:

As did this lovely comment, thank you!

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Credits & Info

4.23 / 5.00

Jun 19, 2013
7:24 PM EDT
File Info
12.2 MB
5 min 20 sec

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