Ok, no screaming guitar in this one, drat.....only IF

Genre/Style: Vangelis-y (RIP) and Orchestral-y and Kipling-y

Creative Vision for the Track: Always loved the poem “If” by Rudyard Kipling and commissioned my buddy in Dublin to read it for me. This is a rough draft of my impression. It’s kind of growing on me. I hope you get something out of it. Poem below.

Composition Details (Tempo, Key, Main Chords etc): Key of G Maj, 120 bpm. fairly simple layering of I-V-I-V- vi-IV-vi-IV- Vsus- I (sometimes an ii and at the end a vi thrown in).

Main Instruments used: Shooting for textures on this one. Used four separate Orchestras plus a few CS-80 patches and a Kontakt Ethereal Earth patch. Pretty lush, overall.

If, by Rudyard Kipling

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!

This is wonderful! Thank you so much! Beautiful music and my mom’s favorite poem!

Thank you Dori! It is such a lovely and impactful poem, Timeless. Please let me know if you would like me to send a copy of the file over for your mother.

Thank you for your thoughtfulness. We already have the poem. But I do have a general question for you— when I am ready to upload music, how do I get it yo this site? Thanks so much, Stuart!

Hi Dori - When you have your final mix ready to share you will need to have it hosted somewhere and link to it from the forum new post. I use SoundCloud and copy and paste the soundcloud shared link to the music in the forum article. You can use whatever host you would like, such as Dropbox or Google Drive and all you need to do is share the link in your forum post. Hope this helps!

Thank you so much!