Gary A. Edwards

Gary A. Edwards

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Classical - Classical | Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, United States
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Member Since: 2011
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Song Description

The overall idea is to ponder on the concept of water. Water is to the planet what blood is to the body. It cleanses, nourishes and redistributes resources. Raindrops begins with a musical theme in the piccolo with sparse accompaniment suggestive of a drop or two of water. This section of music is reminiscent of a penny-whistle playing an Irish folk song. The drops of water quickly build into a rainstorm suggested as the melody is repeated by the entire orchestra. The water falls upon the mountains of the Earth, such as the Rocky Mountains. The water then transitions into streams, which becomes torrents, with ripples and waterfalls and intervals of placidity. Then these streams again merge to become mighty flowing rivers, with some ripples and rapids here and there. The rivers flow into lakes, somewhat more calm and serene but with occasional storms and wind and waves to add interest. In the music the lakes theme is represented as a playful piece symbolic of the multitudinous recreational uses enjoyed by we human beings. The lakes again flow into rivers that merge into the ocean and become one with nature, a majestic eternal force symbolic of the creative force of the universe. The ocean turns even more fierce where melody becomes lost in a cacophony of howling winds and rolling thunder. Then evaporation occurs to start the whole cycle again. Only the raindrops music diminishes to one single piccolo fading out, symbolic of the potential for our water sources to dry up if we continue on the path of man-made destruction of the environment in which we are engaged. At a deeper level, Raindrops is symbolic of the human life cycle as we progress through life, merging with another life and creating new life while coping with tragedy, humor and all aspects of turbulence and joy, recycling into a new life for ourselves. So the music flows as the natural rhythms of water upon the Earth.

Story Behind the Song

The initial melody came to me one morning as I was transitioning into waking up. I wrote down the theme then over several years I developed the rest of the piece. I wanted to compose a 10 minute or so orchestral piece about the environment because I am very concerned over the waste of water and it is a limited resource as this planet becomes more over-populated.

Lyrics

N/A Instrumental only.

Song Length
10:24
Genres
Classical - Classical, Classical - Contemporary
Tempo / Feel
Multiple Tempos
Lead Vocal
Instrumental
Moods
Serene, Aggressive

Subject Matter
Rivers, Rivers

Similar Artist
Beethoven
Language
No Language
Era
2000 and later

Music Credits Gary A. Edwards
Publisher Credits Edwards Music Publishing dot com
Label Credits Edwards Records