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As the Orchestra Tunes

There's nothing better than the sound of an orchestra tuning. Now when I say orchestra I am referring to a group of musicians led by a conductor or leader who accompany the singers. Every band is like an orchestra in that someone is generally leading the song. Bands didn't usually have strings, unless on a synthesizer, but more and more bands are beginning to incorporate strings, horns, etc. Any instrument you could possibly hear in an orchestra (and more) has probably been incorporated in bands somehow.

When you go to the opera, or a symphony show the people put on their finest. Get in line to get your ticket scanned(used to be punched or collected). An usher would then (whether you want it or not) lead you to your seat. It is fun to sit in the Orchestra I nearest to the pit, and you are very close to all the players, but I've found the best seat is a level or two up where the acoustics are a little better. There you can feel the sound scape wrap itself around your ears.

But wait, we aren't to the show yet. The whole purpose in me rambling is to get to the tuning of the orchestra. As you're sitting in your velvet seat, the orchestra slowly comes out and starts playing random things, maybe pieces that they are working on right now. The excitement among the audience is undeniable. The first chair violinist walks out and the pitch is played and everyone tunes to that one note. I can't quite explain how exciting that sound is to me. Maybe it's just the idea of what I am about to hear, like it's really going to happen. Hmmm....

Anyways, the song "October Leaves," has the tuning process in the beginning. That's where my inspiration came to have the pedaled E and then I thought we could play chords over the tuning per say. It turned out better than I could've imagined. We are 'tuning up' to get ready for fall, to get ready for the october leaves to fall down....

And I just got some phone calls so my train of though for all of the above has escaped me...

The real thing I wanted to say is that I love the sound of the orchestra tuning, so I wrote a song that started with tuning to try and capture that same effect to kick shows off. It's a real exciting way to get the audience churning.

Nic, PofS