Mons – Angelus

April 16, 2009

Today’s MSMOTD

Mons – Angelus

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Note: This song can be found on the new album.

I actually have this one available on my reverbnation widget on the right hand side there with a bunch of other songs, but I figured I should feature it in it’s own post.  It also makes it easier to send a link to this particular song to people (I don’t know how to do it with Reverbnation).

Varlaam Monastery, in otherworldly Meteora, Greece.  This place inspired much of my music.

Varlaam Monastery, from my trip through otherworldly Meteora, Greece. This place inspired much of my music.

Anyways, I wrote this song on Christmas Morning, 2008.  Someone heard me writing it and stopped by to tell me that it sounded like angels, so very creatively, I latched onto that as the name.  It was originally called “The Christmas Angel”, but that seemed too seasonal.  This song is heavily inspired by guys like Samuel Barber and Shigeru Umebayashi, two of my favourite composers.  I enjoy their often minimalist approach to melody.  Often, just the simple change from one note or chord to another can produce such beauty… such emotion.  I can never hope to approach their mastery, but perhaps I can capture some element of it in my own music.

Samuel Barber’s “Adagio for Strings” (or in this case, arranged for choir)

Shigeru Umebayashi’s “Lovers” (from the House of Flying Daggers OST)

I actually have an erhu (the featured instrument in “Lovers”) and would love to compose/record with it, but I am in dire need of professional instruction before I attempt any such feat.  If you know any good teachers in the Winnipeg, Canada area, let me know!

Hope you like it!

- Mons

4 Responses to “Mons – Angelus”

  1. i played this for my sister and she really loved it.

  2. This’s soo COOL!!!

  3. My friend SharaLee introduced me to your music, and I have to say that it is amazing. It is so incredibly beautiful, inspiring, and filled with emotion. You are a truly talented individual. Angelus is one of my favourites, which is why I decided to post this here. Keep it up! I will definitely ensure I get a hold of a CD when it comes out.

  4. My friend showed me this website when I was sick. My body was at a very low point. When my body doesn’t function very well, my spirits are low. I took a listen to this and I instantly relaxed. I played this throughout the day and it made my day a lot more bareable. Thank you. =)

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