So generally speaking, when I make music
I want the listener to be the main character of the story being told.
Of course, this leaves things up for a wide range of interpretations,
but that's exactly what I hope for with the music that I make.
I'm a big fan of two people getting wildly different mental cinematography
from an Emperor Steve song. I love hearing how people imagine themselves
in the world of the song.
With that being said... for this song... I'm the main character.
I felt like showing off. I was taking a music theory class and was learning
all the "proper scales" and while of course,
there's a reason they're the "proper scales"
(western colonization and centering of european aesthetics to be specific)
I just kinda wanted to stretch out
and do a couple unconventional runs for my own amusement.
musically, i believe there to be two main inspirations
the drum beat from Take 5 by The Dave Brubeck quartet (hence the 5/4 time signature)
and Ray Manzarek's organ solo from Riders on the Storm by The Doors.
The title is a reference to J.R.R. Tolkein's "Riddle of the Strider":
All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
I say that to say this, though these solos may seem very wandering...
I made them that way. So it may be wandering, but it's not lost.
I sometimes wonder how I can convey the level of care and intention
I put into crafting more sparse or ambient songs...
but the only way i can figure is
once in a while showing how much I can do,
if the song called for it.
None of these songs are simple because that's all i could do,
they're simple because that's what they needed to be.
Also, I always thought it was funny because even though "not all...are lost"
by omission, it points out...some are.
I also consider this the "closing song" of this audio gallery,
everything after this is the encore.
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