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Steven, I wanted to give a more specific response to the Dec. 11 comment you made. You said: "Your comment about no need to comment if I didn't like it is troubling. I'm just one data point but as a fellow composer I find the negative opinions of players and composers perhaps more interesting than the positive ones. They tell me how real people felt and responded to my creation and that's useful to me."
My response, and this is in no way reflective of something I think others should believe in or endorse, it is nothing more than than my own personal thought: I only comment on works which I have at least *some* interest in. My reasoning is that if I don't like a work at all, I can offer the composer nothing constructive about it. If I like the work at least somewhat, I can say I like it, or I can say I like it but I feel it is flawed and offer suggestions where I think the flaws may lie. What you said in response to American Anthem I feel fits within that category - you had some dissatisfaction with it and expressed specifically what those flaws might be - good comments, and much appreciated.
Hello Steve - I appreciate your comments and found them constructive. Long pieces are hard to keep interesting, so I try to change up the tempo, tonal color, and "overall feel," sometimes suddenly, so the listener will not wander away. Wanting more variance in the bass is an understandable sentiment. Thanks for being a constructive data point!
Gav, I'm listening to American Anthem right now. You have an obvious facility for rich and creative harmonies. However, I don't find the obvious rock n roll derivation as interesting. It's obvious you're a great player. I do wish there was more subtle variation of your thematic ideas (or perhaps it's not so subtle variation that I find myself craving). I'm sure some will love the left hand blues riff that's used so much in this piece, but it started bugging me and I wished you'd done more with it (like inversion or rhythmic shifts). But I am more intellectual than most in my musical tastes so don't take my opinion as indicative of popularity.
Your comment about no need to comment if I didn't like it is troubling. I'm just one data point but as a fellow composer I find the negative opinions of players and composers perhaps more interesting than the positive ones. They tell me how real people felt and responded to my creation and that's useful to me.
I see nearly a hundred listenings of this on Youtube, yet few comments here. If you listened and didn't care for it, no need to comment, but if you listened and liked it, please consider saying so. Every single positive comment means so much!
Quinn - every long piece I write is written with the rock groups Yes and Pink Floyd in mind. Plus all my classical influences like Bach, Chopin, Gershwin, Scott Joplin and a million others.
Wow, it's long...
What form is in? I think it definitely sounds American, even like an anthem.
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