The Cotton SongGoing With the  Flow                                                                                                                                This is a calming piece based on the string sounds from one of the plug-ins on my recording software program.  Sometimes a new sound or new toy can inspire themes, songs and projects.  This is one of those situations where I am listening to new sounds and noodling on the keyboard to hear the new tones and to see how the patch responds to the keyboard and controllers.  As I was listening to the new sounds, I enjoyed the string sound I was playing with and started recording the noodling I was doing.  I played for about five or six minutes and stopped recording to listen back.

The first section I scrapped and the rest was rather pleasant (sometimes this is a surprise indeed!).  While listening I started hearing harmonies in my head so I started recording on a 2nd track and used the same string sound to add another layer.  After that I stopped.  I like the mood this inspires.  I am not sure why I called it Cotton Song, but I got the feeling of being in the South overlooking plantations.  So it stuck!  I did not change anything and mixed it down to what you hear in this post.  Other versions of noodling or just playing with sounds rarely turn into a solid piece, so I have tons of snippets that have nice themes but to date have never been expanded upon.  One of these days I will listen to other noodling sessions and I might make something out of them.  For this song, have a cup of tea, sit back for a little bit and let your mind and body relax.  Admit it… you could use that right about now!

  1. DeniseBalog says:

    Hey Neighbor! You keep “noodling”!! This is absolutely lovely!! I was thinking about the name while listening. Brought my mind to the Chesapeake Bay, winter, frozen ice reflecting the orange/blue sunset. Been a lot of years since this vision, and your beautiful piece brought it to my mind’s eye:) Thank you:)

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    • midimike says:

      Good evening! I habitually noodle. Sometimes to check out new sounds or toys, but I am always plucking around on something LOL! I also learned a long time ago to capture as many noodling sessions as I can. I am so glad you liked it.
      If I visited the Bay area I would probably also think of the solitary winters and envision SUNSETS ON ICE. (sounds like a title to a song, eh?)
      Through music, we can all listen a bit better to our mind’s eye.
      Pleasure is in the sharing. Thank you!

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  2. Tikeetha T says:

    It is very relaxing. I like it.

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  3. tmezpoetry says:

    Hey Mikey, I like it! The harmonic layers was pulling out the stress. But then the effect seemed to stagnant and turn inward with the continual layers at around 2:19. Weird. I write to music a lot because I can actually ‘feel’ throughout in my body. The beginning and mid sections actually pulled out stress. I wish you would do more like this 🙂

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    • midimike says:

      Wonderful. I agree. I feel music more than I think it. In life I try to look at things from various points of view and that will carry over in my ‘noodling’. I usually end up with a combination of opposing vibes or moods in one piece.
      I have a special connection to themes or pieces that allow me to reflect internally. I have more and now that I know others like this style I will post more of them!

      Thank you so much for the visit and comments! Now, back to noodling LOL.

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  4. tmezpoetry says:

    Reblogged this on Tammy Mezera and commented:
    Our music man Mike has come up with a pretty cool musical piece, relaxing.

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