Campfire Theme for No Letting Go
Here is a video that was recorded one evening while working on the film “No Letting Go”.
This particular melody was for a scene that would not be using the main thematic elements of the film, but would have it’s own melodic element.
So I set to work on the theme and had it written on paper in a matter of 30 minutes, no more than than that. It went very well and contrary to my usual process, I knew I had it! I then set the paper on my desk and proceeded to improvise an arrangement and it flowed so easily! I remember what a pleasure it was to play!
So I did something very uncharacteristic of me and I turned on my webcam and recorded a video of my hands playing.
I was still working out the piece at this point and the video shows me pointing to myself at the entrance of the melody, and of course includes a few flubs or changes of mind, the tempo is a bit faster and more ornate than the final version, but overall the piece is there on what could have been about the fourth time I played it through.
It is still one of my favourite melodies from that film, it is a tender melody that fills me with warmth and hope, and it seems to flow with a certain ease that kind of echoes how it felt to write and play it.
Here is the video of me playing this tune.
And here is a clip from the final version, with me adding a bit of guitar to the performance by the Prague FILMharmonic.
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