When the Song “Moondance” from August Rush Meets With the Red Dead Redemption II
The apartment somehow was like an empty bottle, and when the night fell, I could see the movement of the nightfall. The darkness was as if the ink started to fill in every space of the apartment, room to room, corner to corner, and finally, it took away the emptiness, and left the silence all around the house.
At that moment, somehow I felt a strong emotion, so strong that the emotion began to link with my memories as if I took a deep breath and then hold it. In the pitch black house, I hold the emotion for a while, not a sound was heard, but the pounding of my heart. Outside the window, it was getting clear and clear, and the moon cut out a silhouette of the curtain. Lying in bed, I saw the shadow of the curtain was moved as a gentle breeze pushed it. Then, I found a note that represented the feeling I’d been holding. I followed this with notes that compliment this feeling and reached for my harmonica to let the emotion out.
MI(3), SOL(5), LA(6), and SI(7) were the music notes I usually play. By overbending, I played these notes with different musical tones, sometimes it was melodic, sometimes it was a vibrato like a violin, and sometimes I played the tune back and forth between the two notes. In the darkness of the room, the blues was pretty obvious. Usually, I played the harmonica SOLO. But this time, I invited my friend Susan, who is a guitar lover, to recreate the classic theme song “Moondance” from the movie “August Rush”. We tried to remake the song more original-like as well as expected to put our own style in it, including slow-wave and blues.
Having been tried many many times, we finally found the perfect match with our musical instruments via various skills including pull-off, bending, slide, vibrato, switch holes, blow and draw, etc. And now the final version was completed and recorded. Then, with the help of the Red Dead Redemption II, a famous video game by Rockstar, I created the music video with the scenes of the WEST in the shooting perspective of the movie. And this “Moondance” had the melody with a soft elastic with a trace of emotion and the feeling of comfort. Let’s enjoy it and hope you like it.
Music and painting are alike, I thought. As both parts of the ART, somehow they connected with each other, which invokes feelings in the deep of your heart. The melody offers an ability to hear while the drawing gives a capacity to see. As the music and the painting collides, the expression of emotion could boost your feelings. And that was ART, I guess.
Photos/Video/Harmonica/Writings/Art Edited & Translated by BubbleSwan
Guitar by Susan
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