The Dark Emerald

Keeping it Simple

An aesthetically simple tune that combines an addictive drum beat with tasteful keyboard colours.

Keeping it Simple

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Fender Rhodes keyboards - Lee Fitzsimmons * Live Takamine acoustic guitar - Lee Fitzsimmons * Live Ibanez 5-string bass - Lee Fitzsimmons

Drums, ride cymbal, and bongos - Lee Fitzsimmons

King Lear and the Fool in the Storm by William Dyce (19th century)

This wonderfully simple rock track starts with a very catchy drum groove that is complimented with perfectly articulated conga rhythms. A Fender Rhodes then enters (accented with china crash cymbal hits) and the introductory section with acoustic guitar and bass begins. After four bars, the four bar A section starts and is followed by the B section that features more sustained tones and a ride cymbal. These two sections then repeat and are followed by an eight bar C section that features the acoustic playing some long sustained chords. The overall form sans the the introduction then repeats. A coda then follows and the piece ends.

This song is meant to invoke simple pleasures and joys from the listener by using the most obvious and simple musical tools that have been proven to produce pleasant effects on the ears. There are no creative surprises or quirky musical devices, only nice and aesthetic tonal colors meant to deliver a pleasant listening experience.

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This track is free for personal use. It may be distributed freely and shared with anyone that wishes to listen to it at home, in a vehicle, or on a mobile device. No permission is needed to do this. If this track is desired as music for an internet presentation (such as a book trailer on Youtube or a blog) that will not be displayed anywhere in the mass media, then permission for this type of usage will be granted in exchange for credit and a functioning link to this website. Just contact Lee at the e-mail address below (or on Facebook or Twitter) after the presentation is online and a functioning link to this website is in place, so he can tweet it out and give it a "like"...

For complete details about commercially licensing this track for radio airplay, television broadcasting, or any other sort of mass commercial distribution, click on the link below...

Commercial License

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Copyright © 2013 by Lee Fitzsimmons