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Released: Dec 15, 2010 | 12:31 AM
Category: Holiday
Application: GarageBand
Loop Use: No loops

File Type: .mp3
File Size: 11.42 MB

Plays: 1803
Downloads: 34
Weekly Plays: 1
Weekly Downloads: 0
Statistic reset day: Wednesday

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Temperatures begin to plummet, greens turn to oranges and then whites, Thanksgiving fondly in our memory – these can only mean one thing. I can finally put on my headphones, listen to Christmas songs and begin planning out my yearly holiday song.

After 2008’s medley, I said I had “exhausted the pantheon” and after 2009’s I repeated myself, stating that this time I had “truly exhausted the possibilities”. But we all know that’s not true – especially if you want to continue composing. To quote Jurassic Park: life finds a way. So I set out once more to find the right songs to commemorate this year’s holiday season. This time, I expanded what I consider to be holiday classics as you will no doubt notice towards the song’s end. I also tinkered more liberally with traditional melodies as I hope many will spot from the song’s beginning.

This is starting to sound like a joke, but I might not continue this tradition next year. It’s not only because I am incapable of thinking of any songs I haven’t used yet. It’s more because I don’t want to screw it up. I think I came a bit close to it this year (I actually deleted entire chunks of song because I didn’t like where it was going), and it will eventually get to a point where I no longer enjoy it. By now I have 32 minutes and 17 seconds worth of Christmas metal medleys, 33 songs in all (37 if you count originals), which is enough for my own EP and a proud pat on the back. I might put together a holiday-related song, but it won’t be in the vein of these four medleys. But, of course, that’s subject to my whims, which, as we’ve seen over the last three years, are drawn insatiably towards these creations. We’ll see.

As usual, there are ten songs in this medley: eight new Christmas songs, one recurring original melody and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas”. If you’re new to these songs, I invite you to listen to the three that have come before: A Christmas Cradle, A Captain’s Christmas and A Captain’s Carol.

A safe and wonderful holiday to you all, good people.

-Dan

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Vixen Artist

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lovely listen smiley
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eido Moderator

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A placeholder comment for now -- I listened once this morning but then had to hurry off to a training course, and tonight I'll be beavering away on Lies To Children again. I'm at a crunch point with Lies right now, otherwise I'd devote a healthy chunk of time tonight to listening to this. I'll return soon with an intelligent comment, or as close to one as I can muster. In the meantime, I'll just say this: I liked it!

-Eido
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jkane Artist

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I'm hating the season so much right now but this is so grandiose and majestic that it makes me want to be a better man - ha! Thanks, Dan. It's nice to see you posting.
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Que me dice dani? Realmente me alegra mucho escuchar algo tuyo otra vez, siempre me toma por sorpresa. Felicidades! De verdad, me encanto la pieza, muy dinámica pero tan cohesiva al mismo tiempo; nada facil de hacer, asi que "me quito el sombrero". Tenes un sentido tan claro de que queres hacer con cada melodía que hace que esta pieza sea realmente un journey. I'm not into the whole christmas music, and yet you somehow make me want to restart the song once its over. Loved the piano segment starting around 3:02.
Please keep em coming, it's always a pleasure!

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pharmakeus Artist

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Somber and profound
Rich textures and powerful tempo and stark sense of space
Excellent composition
Orchestral metal?
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rtclark222 Artist

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Breathtaking composition and performance! Terrific! I also enjoyed your notes quite a lot.
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eido Moderator

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(Second attempt at this comment since my browser ate the last one. This time I'm wise to its tricks -- this is being written in a text editor and pasted in...)

As the days passed I began to worry -- was this really going to be the first Christmas in recent years without a herrsolera Christmas song to listen to? So I was immensely pleased to see this track in the uploads list, and even more so to listen to it when I finally got a free ten minutes.

Last year, I commented that A Captain's Carol sounded less like a fusion of source material and more like a linked sequence of songs; this time around, we're very squarely back in medley territory. As someone who sometimes struggles with transitions, I greatly admire your ability to blend themes together seamlessly. This piece ebbs and flows in a genuinely natural manner -- reminiscent of orchestral music much more than the kind of strictly structured composition that normally comes from working with music software.

It's all the more impressive that you can so seamlessly and effectively blend such familiar tunes -- some of which are so familiar that Maple and I are grinding our teeth trying to remember the names, because they've seeped so deeply into our cultural memory that we could sing every note of the tune without having the slightest idea what it's called or where it originated. I'll send you our guesses so far separately, so as not to spoil the fun for other listeners (or to reveal the depths of our ignorance if we're miserably wrong).

Just to show that I haven't altogether lost my critical faculties, there's one point where you have a staccato snare pattern backing up the rhythm of the music, and here I find the snare a bit obtrusive. In general the drums work exceptionally well throughout the piece, especially considering the source material, but here I'd have been tempted to drop the volume just a little.

But considering that the biggest gripe I can find in a piece of this size and complexity is that in one place the snare drum is a bit obtrusive, I'd have to say that this is yet another remarkable achievement, all the more so for coming after three previous superb Christmas compositions. Even if next year's song takes an entirely different approach, I hope the muse doesn't desert you entirely -- it wouldn't be Christmas without this!

-Eido

[Edit: Fixed the mess my text editor made of the formatting.]
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becwil Moderator

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I, too, so enjoy your seasonal offerings. Brilliant work and wondrous happy holiday feelings abound in these mashes. This and the prior beautiful pieces are all the ingredients one needs for uplifting one's spirit in the cold of wintertime. (Even if I'm in Hawaii.) Excellent, excellent music!
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Very good!
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NorthPoint Moderator

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The holiday tradition continues with another treat from Herrsolera... we'll be listening to Cradle, Christmas, Carol, and now Winter in a tour de force ipod playlist. Happy Holiday and thanks so much Dan for one more year of these treasures.
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Morris Artist

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this is an outstanding piece of art
is a beauty
All instrumentation and the develop of the theme is a great poetic work

MANY MANY thanks for share.


BRAVO BRAVO BRAVO
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MCP Artist

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Bravo, my friend. Definitely puts me in the spirit!
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zincshed Artist

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Very captivating arrangement and orchestration. I can picture this on stage with a symphony orchestra and a rock band maybe for a TV special.
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ShadowofNine Artist

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My last comment made several days ago went into space some where, this medley is outstanding and seamless a wonderful fusion of Xmas and Metal attitude, I can hear the quality and time that this took to render and I am in awe. My only complaint is that I need to wait a whole year to hear more of your fabulous fusions of orchestra, rock and metal, Happy Holidays Dan I hope 2011 is everything you can hope for...

Cheers

Dave
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This is just incredible! So glad Dave (Shadow) pointed me here - thanks for the wonderful music and happy holidays!
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Great job Dan... And A Very Merry Christmas To You And To All.
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herrsolera Artist

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A year later, these are the Christmas songs included in this medley:

Let It Snow
We Wish You a Merry Christmas
Good King Wenceslas
The Christmas Song
The Nutcracker Ballet - March
The Nutcracker Baller - Dance of the Reed Pipes
Away in a Manger
The Nutcracker Ballet - Russian Dance / Trepak
The Nutcracker Ballet - Waltz of the Flowers
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6 years ago
RubyDubidoux Moderator

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Gorgeous gorgeous!

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Art Artist

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Listened to Christmas Cradle again for the first time in a few years and then happened on this gem. Great to hear you're still cracking out some great tunes.
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what a rich and well crafted (and well produced) piece of music
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