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“Who Knows?” video

I made a silly video to go along with my latest song. I put it on YouTube and have embedded it here for you to enjoy, as well. All the video clips come from the free video clip library of Clip Champ. I couldn’t find a way to give credits for each individual clip, as no data on who created them was available via the Clip Champ interface. It was fun putting it together in Clip Champ, which is a Microsoft app that I’d never used before. There are over 1800 free clips I could choose from to make this.

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“I Tried”

I wrote a song this week for the first time in a very long time. It has lyrics, but this is an arrangement of it for piano quintet (piano + string quartet). It is called “I Tried.” Below is a recording followed by a video of the score with the recording playing, if you are curious what it looks like.

My inspiration for this piece is the way I feel when I try hard to do something and come so close but ultimately fail. It is about going on in the face of adversity — trying to keep myself caring despite feeling like fate is against me. See the lyrics below.

All my memories in cycles abound,
There’s no reason to not ask around,
Stop me before I fall flat on the ground,
You won’t believe what I found.

Because the circle is never complete,
And if you look closely, the lines do not meet,
Everyone’s dancing to some other beat,
Will I land on my feet?

Oh, I tried, and I tried, and I tried.
Oh, I tried, and I tried, and I tried.
Oh, I tried, and I tried, oh, I tried.
You can know that I tried,
Oh, I tried.

From this cavern I watch in despair,
Full of sorrow I just cannot bear,
Once more I ask myself why must I care,
They say how could I dare.

Here with silence, my only last friend,
With a future that just will not bend,
And as the darkness begins to descend,
Is this how it will end?

I tried so hard for so long got it wrong.
I don’t believe there is any reason to forget.

Oh, I tried, and I tried, and I tried.
Oh, I tried, and I tried, and I tried.
Oh, I tried, and I tried, oh, I tried.
You can know that I tried,
Oh, I tried.

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“Let’s go on” – more fun with music

I hear there was a bit of confusion about my last post.. I actually did sing the song and put the video together. Here it is if you missed it the first time: “The Green Hills of Earth”

Making that was so much fun I just had to make another. Here’s the background:

A science fiction legend says that if a sentient being dies in hyperspace, part of its consciousness is preserved. A bit like a wooly mammoth in a tar pit. What is left of the being’s awareness vaguely perceives an abstraction of the Multiverse.

After the video starts playing, press the CC button in the bottom right corner on the left if you want to see the lyrics. These are my own lyrics this time.

And now, “Let’s go on.”

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