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The Rainy Day

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Based on a well-known short poem of the same name by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Done in about 5 hours or so for my class during the Spring. The singer and pianist who read it were not recorded, so all I have is a simple mockup with no lyrics. I'm not a singer myself, sooooo...

This song is extremely derivative of Schumann's work in his song cycles (Dichterliebe X, XII to be more specific). It had to be cut a bit short due to the number of people in our class, so it became necessary to remove a stanza from the poem. I didn't plan to work on this further after the assignment was handed in, so I've simply indicated the removed lyric with parentheses below:

The day is cold, and dark, and dreary
It rains, and the wind is never weary;
The vine still clings to the mouldering wall,
But at every gust the dead leaves fall,
And the day is dark and dreary.

(My life is cold, and dark, and dreary;
It rains, and the wind is never weary;
My thoughts still cling to the mouldering Past,
But the hopes of youth fall thick in the blast,
And the days are dark and dreary.)

Be still, sad heart! and cease repining;
Behind the clouds is the sun still shining;
Thy fate is the common fate of all,
Into each life some rain must fall,
Some days must be dark and dreary.

DAW: Logic Pro X
Sample Libs: Realivox Ladies (Teresa), EXS24 Default (Steinway Piano 2)

Thanks for listening :)

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So insanely calming. The vocals are stunning, and the piano is beautiful. Great job man, keep it up!

God I'm stunned. 5 star piece.

Deemo-R responds:

Really glad you like it, Jordi! It means a lot to me! ^^

so calming! Amazing vocals plus I love piano so yeah... I like it a lot =)

Deemo-R responds:

Hey, glad you liked it! Thanks for saying so! :D

This is very nice.

Deemo-R responds:

Hey man, nice to see you here! Thanks for listening! :)

Ooh love, I love this!
The simple piano, playing very interesting chord combinations, together with the solo vocalist is suuuch a great combo. Once I figure out my new choir library, I hope to make something somewhat similar.
Great track!

Deemo-R responds:

Heyo, thanks for the love (I also accept credit card)! I agree with piano & vocal making a great duo; it was the majority of what I was required to write these past 3 months. I've never really messed much before with vocals that involve lyrics (aside from the mass excerpt last year), but I've enjoyed it quite a bit this semester. I've got a pretty typical and simple chord progression here as far as the style is concerned, but I believe it serves the text as well as it needs to, which is the most important thing.

I'm sure that whatever you're planning on doing with your choir library will work out just great! You've got a good musical sense for those things, I believe. Really interested to hear it when you get around to making it! :)

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May 25, 2017
5:28 PM EDT
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