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Special Monday Post - July 4 and more Airborn

Updated: Jul 5

SUNDAY BLOG POST - July 3, 2022

Welcome back to my blog, and happy Fourth of July! This post was intended to go up yesterday (on Sunday), but I forgot :) Also, it feels like Sunday anyway…

The first point of interest is, of course, my most recent release, the second half of the suite from “Airborn.” The movement is called the Aurora March, named after the airship aboard which the majority of the book happens. The main melodic idea is a simple and broad one, built around the interval of a perfect fifth. This interval has been used for a very long time to represent heroism, and can be heard in the themes from Superman, Star Wars, and Indiana Jones, among others. A snare drum rhythm, a cello ostinato, and an upper woodwind/string line all combine to compliment this melody. It’s a personal favorite of mine, and I’m looking forward to interpolating it into more music from “Airborn.” A link can be found at the bottom of the post.

Next, a teaser for next week’s upload. This will be the first appearance of my villain theme for the project, and I’m looking forward to its premiere.

Finally, the listening recommendations. In honor of the 4th, the recommendations are American-themed. The first is an under-appreciated but strong entry in legendary composer John Philip Sousa’s catalog, “The Pathfinder of Panama,” as recorded by the prestigious President’s Own US Marine Band. The second is a version of “Eternal Father Strong to Save” (the Navy hymn) for wind band, also recorded by the Marine Band. Links to both can be found at the bottom of the post.

That’s all for today. Enjoy your holiday, and stay tuned for the next post, coming July 10 if all goes to plan!


- Thomas


Aurora March: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1fxR0Gqzmo&t=1s

Sousa: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q5n_AhS0IeI

Navy Hymn: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OU0Dr1wrr8M




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