Far & Away- Behind the music.

Clocking in at just over 9 minutes long, ‘Far & Away’ is the longest song in my catalog. It’s this big long epic song about being far and away from where you want to be and the struggle to get back.

Like a lot of songs from this particular album, it was recorded using a classical recording style of moving the mics about six feet away from the piano to capture not only the piano sound but also the room ambience surrounding the piano. Aside from ‘Far & Away’ only 11 other songs in my catalog use this mic technique.

Musically it’s in the key of G minor and has several distinct sections to it. The A section (intro) is based on a G minor triad arpeggio pattern in 4/4 common time.

The B section includes tight two handed dyads in odd meters of 6/4 and 5/4 time (changing meters is a feature of a lot of my music.)

The C section is the main section of the song and weaves in and out of 6/4 and 7/4 meter.

The D section at about 109 measures in, it takes on this soaring arpeggio pattern with lots of accidental notes. (In music, an accidental is a note of a pitch that is not a member of the scale.) Then ending on a Major V chord, before returning to the B section of two handed dyads.

The ending is an inverted arpeggio before the final cadence on the tonic, also known as the I chord.

Listen to ‘Far & Away’ on Spotify HERE

Listen to ‘Far & Away’ on Pandora HERE

Listen to ‘Far & Away’ on Apple Music HERE

Want to learn how to play ‘Far & Away’ on your piano or keyboard? Sheet Music available HERE

2020-08-13T20:40:22-05:00 August 13th, 2020|Tags: |

7 Comments

  1. Cassie August 14, 2020 at 9:04 am

    I love playing this piece! One interesting thing is we are having to live life far and away from what we were used to. But fortunately, God is always with us. Your music has always been a comfort for me both in listening to and in playing on the piano.

    • Philip Wesley August 15, 2020 at 7:08 pm

      Thank you kindly for listening 🎶

  2. Lisa Wilson August 14, 2020 at 6:50 pm

    This song truly takes me far & away. It’s been on a playlist I created specifically for my favorite pieces created by you. Thank you for such amazing talent! Music truly speaks to ones soul!

    • Philip Wesley August 15, 2020 at 7:10 pm

      Thank you kindly for listening 🎶

    • Philip Wesley August 15, 2020 at 7:13 pm

      Thank you kindly for listening

  3. Jill Coulter August 17, 2020 at 8:25 am

    This has always been one of my favorite pieces. Thank you for your music.

    • Philip Wesley August 17, 2020 at 5:06 pm

      Thanks for listening Jill.

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