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Old Jan 25 2009, 04:19 AM   #41
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Old Jan 25 2009, 05:38 PM   #42
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Hiya Mike! Is that a promise? I mean, ok, we'll have the malt collection out and waiting for you, but I have every intention of collecting on that hug too! (Steven says, fine, yes, as long as he gets a hug from Tania! As long as he's not in Chile...)

I have only heard The Amazing CD once, when I was too distracted to pay proper attention - though even in my distracted state, I thought Tania's voice was sounding rich and full, and the music in general quite scarily like the music my heart had always imagined with those lyrics. Another brilliant work by Opland and Freeman (TM) - congrats on all the hard work, the excellent backing/other musicians who added so much, YOUR engineering and editing skills, and just general stunning brilliance - as ever! - by Tania. I live in hope of finding some instrument in this world that she can't play, but to be honest I'm not holding my breath looking!

I look forward to a nice relaxing evening with Himself in which to listen more closely and enjoy fully the fruits of your labours. Thank you for this gift to Pern fandom. Most excellently well done.

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Oh, Lanen and StevenB....you're so lucky to be able to enjoy all of Anne's works and now this wonderful music together! I'm unlucky enough to have a spouse who doesn't read much more than the racing form and likes only jazz music. ::sigh:: (I still love him tho!) So I love to hear how you both enjoy this wonderful place called Pern together! You're very lucky!
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Old Jan 27 2009, 04:06 AM   #44
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I am jealous too. My lifemate does not read much either. My passion for dragons, for Pern, or for any Anne McCaffrey related item does not hit match here But that does not prevent love indeed! It just induce strange conversations sometimes...
- what's that you're bringing home again?
- er... well, nothing...
- another book?! But you already have this large pile to read just next the bed!
- yeah, I know. I had to buy it, it's a find you know!
- let me see. But... don't you own this one already?
- hmm, er, yes. I own 3 copies of it.
- ...
- 'still love me?
- I guess.
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Old Jan 27 2009, 10:09 AM   #45
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Oh, yes a VERY familiar conversation, Francois!!!
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Old Jan 27 2009, 05:48 PM   #46
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Hiya Mike! Is that a promise? I mean, ok, we'll have the malt collection out and waiting for you, but I have every intention of collecting on that hug too! (Steven says, fine, yes, as long as he gets a hug from Tania! As long as he's not in Chile...)

Thank you for this gift to Pern fandom. Most excellently well done.

All the best,

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Hi There! Hug is a promise. If Steven's there he can have one too. Scotch is not a prerequisite.
Thanks for your kind comments on Sunset's Gold. Nice to know I can do something right now and then!
By the way, who is this Elizabeth Kerner you're always quoting, and is she any good?

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Old Jan 28 2009, 02:40 AM   #47
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Oh, yes a VERY familiar conversation, Francois!!!
Indeed

Though my wife reads as much if not more than I do we don't read the same books, at least very, very seldom. Makes for interesting numbers of books accumulated over the years though.

At my house we're already at the stage that, when a pachage arrives with an McCaffrey book son or wife ask (with a bit of scorn i their voice) how many copies I already have of that particularly book...
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Holy crap!

So I'm in the shower last night (what good story doesn't start off like that, right?), and the boyfriend's about to walk out the door to rehearsal when he shouts up, "Hey, you've got a package!"

A package?

"From, um, Washington state?"

Uhhh.

"From, uh... 'ahp-land'...?"

!

"OHpland? Tania Opland and Mike Freeman?"
"Yeah! Who are they?"

I demanded he bring the package up to the bathroom and open it on the spot. Lo and behold, they sent me a very nice note -- with a copy of Sunset's Gold! They thought I might like a copy (I did! Good thing I didn't click the "order" button yesterday!), la dee dah.

I mean, how awesome is that?
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Old Jan 28 2009, 12:23 PM   #49
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That's called an "awesome promotional copy" If you look inside the booklet you might even find it is signed...
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That's called an "awesome promotional copy" If you look inside the booklet you might even find it is signed...
No, it's not signed; the CD was still wrapped in plastic when I got it. But the note was very nice. :>
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I got an email today from Tania... it was a followup on the one I got a week or so ago which said "Now that we've finished making our CD, we can listen to the music you sent us three years ago!"

This one was to say that they liked it
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Old Jan 29 2009, 03:17 AM   #52
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I got an email today from Tania... it was a followup on the one I got a week or so ago which said "Now that we've finished making our CD, we can listen to the music you sent us three years ago!"

This one was to say that they liked it
Oh, wow. That is kind and thoughtful. I hope you get another mail with her thoughts of your efforts.
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Old Jan 30 2009, 02:11 PM   #53
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What is it about "Gather Day" that I just see the Gather Day from "Dragonsinger" and can't stop smiling?
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The tune, the liveliness and of course the text with its many references to the books "scene"

||: Gather gather it's a gather day
No work for us and thread's away :||

Market stalls appearing
The square has been swept clear
To gather all from far and near

Bring your marks & bring your wares
Bring your family for there's
Food and drink, dance and song
The hold flag flies, so gather along

Gather gather...

(whistle break)

It's morning and the great bell tolls (bring your marks and wares)
Breathe the scent of spicy rolls
Children dart as holds parade (dance and song)
Memories of threadfall fade

Gather gather...

Finest wine from Benden
Scorching bubbly pies
One mark for six, the baker cries

Runners at the starting line
Holders in their robes so fine
Journeymen from far and wide
Crafters brought by wind and tide

Gather gather...

HARPER'S GLASS

Gather gather...

(whistle break)

Stew pots simmer on the fire
Harpers form a gather choir
Joyful music, merchant's calls
Echoing around the halls

Gather gather...

Glowbaskets on standards
Cast their golden light
While shadows dance into the night

Gather gather ...

HARPER'S GLASS x2
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Old Feb 10 2009, 04:01 AM   #55
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What is it about "Gather Day" that I just see the Gather Day from "Dragonsinger" and can't stop smiling?
Well, Hans' observation pretty well sums it up, and you have fallen prey to our evil plot. It's probably because I spent a few days poring through the books looking at references to gathers, collected all the ones I thought were image rich and then transposed them literally to fit Tania's great tune for the song. So ... you're actually listening to Anne's descriptions disassembled. reassembled and rhymed to fit. I guess it helps that Tania just happens to write amazingly good tunes and I was, for my sins, an English Lit major and teacher (cured now) so that kind of thing is just what I do. I'm really chuffed you like it and would love to claim all the credit, but It's Anne's imagery that makes the song, same as it makes her books and will hopefully make the movie! Mike
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That's called an "awesome promotional copy" If you look inside the booklet you might even find it is signed...
Actually, it was an awesome "Thank You" copy, like yours was Hans!
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I'm crossing my fingers this is going to be a Bday/VDay/Post-GRE Day present. Looks like its amazing!
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Actually, it was an awesome "Thank You" copy, like yours was Hans!
*bows once again in the general north-westerly direction of Ireland and Alaska*

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So I went home this weekend and my mom brought in the mail and said there was something for me - a small padded envelope - and I saw the name "Opland" in the corner and my brain stopped for a moment...

They sent me a copy of the new CD! Which is greatly appreciated, and completely unexpected, and utterly flabbergasting!

(They had emailed me to let me know that now the CD was released, they could finally listen to my versions of the songs.)


So, THANK YOU!!!!!!
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Then they really must have appreciated your performance
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Yes, they said that too...
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