Ballad. That’s what I heard in this piece. I wanted full, lush chords. I wanted the notes to breathe, because I felt it would be incredibly powerful. And the ending reminds me of what got me involved in arranging in the first place - feeling.
This was quite a change for me, because I usually create fast, dramatic arrangements. Released on September 2011, I always enjoyed this song ever since I first heard it, and as the weeks went by I got so many requests for it that I had to do it for you all. I don’t know if it’s just me, but arranging ballads are incredibly difficult - and as challenging as this arrangement was I hope you love this change of pace.
This all got me thinking - that less than 2 years ago I arranged The Ramones ‘I Wanna Be Sedated’ as a ballad, and I can’t believe how much I’ve grown. Growth is such an important part of life because it makes us stay interested in the interesting, continually striving to follow our passion, and enabling us to grow as individuals.
And that’s what this piece resembles to me. You should never stop growing, never stop trying, and never stop doing what you love to do. I’ve learned to be patient, because appreciation and growth are much more visible in the rear view mirror - the trick is to stay on the road.
“You’re my best friend / In a world we must defend”
I love cartoons – all 9000 of them. And of all the great songs – everything from TMNT to Captain Planet – this one is one of the best one’s I’ve ever heard. Confused about Pokemon and Ash Ketchum? Here’s a good tutorial on the basics!
I utilized the ‘nightingale of the orchestra‘ more because many people demanded clarinet for my next piece, as well wanting better form and less complexity. This is especially true in the bass section – so put on a nice pair of headphones so you can hear the low end.
The concept of this piece is how it talks not just about needing the Pokemon to defend the world, but in how you AND the Pokemon have to work together – as a TEAM – in order to defend the world. That’s what I like about this, because it’s relative to my own life.
I want to change the orchestra, and inject it with new exciting repertoire, and continue this amazing opportunity and project I have with ‘For Orchestra’. But I can’t do it alone, and nor would I want to. We have to do it together.