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Reviews for "Looking Out Distractedly"

Looking Out Distractedly
by jaspertine
Recommends (11)
Wed, Aug 6, 2008 @ 2:38 PM

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permalink   Wed, Aug 6, 2008 @ 5:49 PM
Never underestimate the power of the drone strings. On the mountain dulcimer, they diatonically accompany the melody,to the joy of artist and listener. Some dulcimers have 2 drone strings, some 4, but a true noter understands that only 1 string is needed for the melody, and all else is drone. In latter days, superstars play the dulcimer like a sweet chorded complex instrument, but in my humble view these wizards lose the simple folk magic of the amazing drones.

Here you use a wonderful melodic drone to set up a feel for the piece that’s indelible and unmistakeable, and then use a rather simple and entirely effective melody to add an extra beauty to the chill magic you make.

The percussion is entirely appropriate, not so much linear as sparingly right—an elliptical orbit of lesser planets in the face of waves of melody and chill.

The best thing about the interaction of drones is that the song can create its own little world, a world with slightly different melodic conventions than a more traditional song, but nonetheless recognizable ones, as if one went on a lake cruise in Norway and noticed how lakes in Norway are as blue as lakes in Texas.

The panning of the different elements in the song is effective, though it might have been tempting to move the disparate parts of the song even more around the headphones, to add to the sense of elusive allusive illusion that makes this rich song nonetheless pleasingly hidden in the most relaxed and enjoyable way.

A rich, vivid, wonderful mix.
permalink   Thu, Aug 7, 2008 @ 10:24 AM
This is very, very good. I couldn’t agree more with the previous comment that it’s a rich, vivid and wonderful mix.

Nicely done.
permalink   Thu, Aug 7, 2008 @ 8:14 PM
There’s a wonderful delicacy to this… my ears feel pampered! As far as Gurdonark’s comment, I can’t help but think of Cyndi Lauper’s acoustic album; she was HEAVILY into the mountain dulcimer for a while!
permalink   Thu, Aug 7, 2008 @ 10:38 PM
Hey Jaspertine you’re going all mainstream on us!!:)

Rich sounds and emotionally charged piece of work that adds up to very nice!!
permalink   Fri, Aug 8, 2008 @ 10:24 PM
You’re music always makes me pause, listen and fill my head with words.

:-) Thank you!
permalink   Fri, Dec 19, 2008 @ 9:52 AM
Used this great tune here-


thank you!