"Songbird" by Annie Karto

"Songbird" by Annie Karto

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This rendition of “Songbird” is a cover of the Fleetwood Mac song, closer to the style of Eva Cassidy’s version. This version combines the piano from the original and folk genre of Cassidy’s cover. The result is a light folk rendition with intense emotional depth and a little smoothness from soft cymbals and soprano saxophone. Keep reading for the original blog. Full story: The tenth track on my SoundCloud Playlist is "Songbird" by Annie Karto. This song is from Annie's CD, "Refuge" released in 2009 and was dedicated to her husband, David Karto. "Songbird" was written by Christine McVie and was featured on Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours" album in 1977. This song was later covered by Eva Cassidy and my arrangement for Annie is more like that version. The main accompaniment instruments…
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"Song For Immaculee" by Annie Karto

"Song For Immaculee" by Annie Karto

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“Song for Immaculee,” was inspired by Immaculee Illibagiza and her book Left To Tell, about surviving the Rwandan genocide. The track is full of sampled African instruments and voices, and melodies informed by performances by African ensembles. The haunting music expresses sadness, but embodies an uplifting spirit. Keep reading for the original blog. Full story: The ninth track on my SoundCloud Playlist is "Song for Immaculee" by Annie Karto. This song is from Annie's CD, "Refuge" released in 2009, and was inspired by the book, Left to Tell by Rwandan genocide survivor, Immaculee Illibagiza.  Immaculee's book recounts her experience during the atrocities in Rwanda in 1994 and was on the New York Times bestseller list for many months. "Refuge" was the third of four CDs that I've produced for Annie.  Around 10 or…
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"Danza de las Hachas" by Karin Marcello

"Danza de las Hachas" by Karin Marcello

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“Danza de las Hachas” is the third of four movements from Joaquin Rodrigo’s “Fantasia para un gentilhombre,” a concerto for guitar and orchestra. This piece was arranged for Karen Marcello on the flute, with a twenty-piece chamber orchestra by orchestra.net in Prague, recorded in New York over video conference. Keep reading for the original blog. Full story: The seventh track on my SoundCloud Playlist is "Danza de las Hachas" by Karin Marcello. This recording was included on Karin Marcello's "Vision" CD, released in 2010.  Karin is a flutist and composer from Long Island. "Danza de las Hachas" is the third of four movements from Joaquin Rodrigo's "Fantasia para un gentilhombre," a concerto for guitar and orchestra.  Rodrigo's orchestration was for piccolo, flute, oboe, bassoon, trumpet, guitar and strings.  Karin asked me to…
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"War Pigs" by Victoria Faiella

"War Pigs" by Victoria Faiella

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WP Victoria Faiella’s version of War Pigs taps into middle eastern themes and instrumentations. These changes reflected the song’s lasting relevance when it was recorded in 2011, and expressed Faiella’s sorrow around the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Black Sabbath intro was replaced with floating middle eastern melodies. Keep reading for the original blog. Full story: The third track on my SoundCloud Playlist is "War Pigs" by Victoria Faiella. This can also be heard on YouTube: In her feature on Limelight's now extinct Song Clearance website, Victoria explained why we included a cover of Black Sabbath's "War Pigs" on her Wild Butterfly CD: The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq were weighing heavily on my heart & mind. Like so many people, I too was often debating the issues with family and friends. One morning…
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"In Mary’s Arms" by Donna Cori Gibson

"In Mary’s Arms" by Donna Cori Gibson

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The goal of “In Mary’s Arms” was to put the listener at the “foot of the cross” in Jerusalem, in a cinematic style. This piece features solo duduk (a double reed instrument from Armenia, and in this case, a virtual one), and strings by the FAMES orchestra in Macedonia, recorded remotely through a video conference. Keep reading for the original blog. Full story: The second track on my SoundCloud Playlist is "In Mary's Arms" by Donna Cori Gibson. "In Mary's Arms" is from Donna's CD, The Way of the Cross.  In my blog about her song "She Was There," I presented some background information and details about the CD.  "In Mary's Arms" is about the thirteenth station, where Jesus' body is taken down from the cross.  This may be Donna's most moving song ever. The…
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"She Was There" by Donna Cori Gibson

"She Was There" by Donna Cori Gibson

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“She Was There,” about Jesus meeting his mother, features a forty-piece string section played by FAMES in Macedonia, and recorded over video conference. This piece was built around a one-man “percussion ensemble” to keep things organic before programming drums. Donna Cori Gibson arranged and sang all of her own vocal parts. Keep reading for the original blog. Full story: The first track on my SoundCloud Playlist is "She Was There" by Donna Cori Gibson. I met Donna at the University of Miami School of Music my first semester there.  Ever since then, we have created a lot of music together.  I must have worked on more songs for Donna than for anyone else!  She is one of the most talented singers and songwriters I've ever met.  You can read her…
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