LiquidOoze has been picked as my opponent for Round 1 NGADM. I do not know what to expect anymore; I'll only make sure I have no regrets for this round.
I have resubmitted Propter Te into the contest. Considering there is still time before the Round 1 deadline, I'm going to try and knock out the few kinks that I can knock out.
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In signing up for the RAC 2012 (and representing the UK) I had two options:
1) either something orchestral, which is directly inspired by English hymns (and/or liturgical music), or
2) something with very strong local influence, evocative of a ceilidh.
I have decided to go for the latter.
For the uninitiated, a ceilidh (pronounced kay-lee) is a Scottish or Irish dance gathering. I am taking it in the Scots context. I love actually participating in ceilidhs whenever there are any near me. Now most ceilidh music is around 90-100 BPM, but there is an exception: there is a dance called Strip the Willow, which is the most upbeat and the most physically demanding of all the dances. That can easily hit 140 BPM or maybe a little higher.
I am thinking of borrowing elements from ceilidh music, and I am throwing in a bit of English flair -- the kind you would hear from Mumford & Sons. You might also hear something evocative of Highland dance... maybe.
Some time back I did something evocative of an electric ceilidh -- a remix of Herty140's Barnyard Ball (the original can be found here). This is now one of my favourite ceilidh-style pieces. Whether or not the RAC song will be like this... we'll have to wait and see!