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SkyTracks are a new feature of this website released in the Summer of 2020 which allows you access to a special webpage with a MIXABLE Multi-Track player of all of the recorded parts of the demo for this arrangement. You will receive a link to this page along with a password, both of which you can share with your students so they can remotely access this versatile new learning tool. CLICK HERE TO SEE AN EXAMPLE OF SKYTRACKS.
Your SkyTracks purchase also includes downloadable access to Vocal Part Tracks, Minus-One Tracks, a Rhythm Track and the Recording Stems.
I feel that this is one of the most important arrangements I've written thus far in my musical career, frankly. Based on the transcendent recorded version by Kurt Elling, and arranged during the most uncertain time in at least my own lifetime, this prescient Paul Simon composition connects with our modern times in a way that a typical "chart description" is not fit to articulate. Its meaning, as it may relate to the current gaping political divide in the U.S. (mirrored in many countries worldwide, certainly) or certainly the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic, will be best communicated by each group that performs it.
A male soloist is featured in the second verse, and the ensemble's texture ranges from the softest unison figures to gut-wrenching, massive chords toward the end ("You cannot be forever blessed...").
Fully Notated Piano and Bass Parts, Drums. Full score included
Commissioned by "Excalibur" from Fairview High School (CO), Janice Vlachos, dir. (2019)