The Heart of Making Magic – The Music

soundtrackI always listen to music as I write, so there is basically a soundtrack for each book when I finish. The connections of some songs to the story are obvious, others, not so much. But for Making Magic, music is the heart of the story. Jake Moser and Thea Woodruff are both musicians and music plays an extremely important role in the story. As a result, we have a rather extensive soundtrack for this one and I actually could not share them all. I picked the best examples for your enjoyment:

Sí Bheag, Sí Mhór Irish Folk Song – Christina Connell
This Celtic folk tune about a war between two fairy hills, one big and one small, was one of Pops Woodruff’s favorites. Jake Moser plays it during a certain wedding on the mountain. It is available from many different artists on many different instruments, but this is a hammered dulcimer version, much like Jake would play it.

The Enigma Variation IX Nimrod by Edward Elgar – Blow Up Fluit Octet
You will probably recognize this classical piece from many movie soundtracks and some state funerals. I searched high and low to find a piece that would reflect what happens in the story – the voice of a single silver flute floating above the trees. This YouTube video was about as close as I could come. Thea plays this for Pops and for Becca Moser. Whenever I hear this piece, it makes my throat close up. So beautiful and mournful.

Adagio in G Minor by Tomaso Albinoni (Remo Giazotto) – Antonia-Katharina
Another classical piece that you will likely recognize is played beautifully here by Antonia-Katharina. I prefer James Galway, but his version is not available on YouTube. This is another piece that Thea plays in the woods to mourn for those she has lost. It is a piece that Jake knows quite well because Thea and his sister Becca, who played both classical violin and fiddle, performed it as a duet. That makes it all the more poignant when Jake hears Thea playing it.

Ashokan Farewell by Jay Ungar – James Galway & Phil Coulter
This piece shows up a couple of times in the story, once as Thea’s flute solo on the mountain and again performed at Patton Springs annual music festival with hammered dulcimer and flute. This version from YouTube probably provides the best idea of what that duet might sound like, substituting the dulcimer for the piano. It is a lovely piece which may be familiar as the theme for the PBS miniseries “The Civil War”.

A Stór Mo Chroí Irish Folk Song – Markus Asunta
Another Celtic folk tune that can be found in many different guises, the most well-known being Bonnie Raitt’s version with The Chieftains. It means “Treasure of my Heart” and has lovely lyrics, but for our characters it is an instrumental. This version is probably close to the way Thea sounds on the mountain. although this is a wooden flute. It’s makes for an atmospheric YouTube video as well. Enjoy.

Drowsy Maggie/Toss the Feathers – Irish Reel – The Corrs
These two pieces are often played together and always make you want to get up and DANCE! It was a favorite on the playlist of “Appalachian Synchrony” consisting of some talented young people – Jake Moser on the hammered dulcimer, Eric Moser on the bodhrán (the drum), Becca Moser on fiddle, and Thea Woodruff on the tin whistle.

Sonata for Flute and Harpsichord in B Minor, III Presto Johann Sebastian Bach – Jean-Pierre Rampal on the flute
Believe it or not, this particular piece is a favorite duet of Jake and Thea. They played it together when they were younger, with Jake’s hammered dulcimer standing in for the harpsichord. The audience at an Appalachian music festival wouldn’t exactly expect this kind of music, but they are always impressed when these talented musicians pull it off!

Tripping Up the Stairs – Irish Jig – Karl Ahrens
I included this lovely jig to show you how a talented musician can turn a simple ocarina into an instrument that will make you get up and dance a jig. Thea plays this tune for a couple of young folks to “test drive” an ocarina. Jake and his band play it again at the festival on their instruments.

Whiskey Before Breakfast – Irish Reel – Fire in the Kitchen
I included this one because it shows you the type of venues where a little group like “Appalachian Synchrony” or Jake’s current group “Songs in the Wood” would play. Although the music festival at Patton Springs is much bigger than the one shown here, the feel is similar. Excuse the video quality.

Lover’s Waltz – Jay Ungar and Molly Mason – Jay Ungar and Molly Mason (piano and fiddle)
Lover’s Waltz – Steve and Ruth Smith (hammered dulcimer and flute)
I had to share this performance of “Lover’s Waltz” by the performers who wrote it (Jay Ungar and Molly Mason) on the instruments it was written for (piano and fiddle), because it is absolute perfection. The snippet that I included from Amazon is performed with hammered dulcimer and flute rather than piano and fiddle. And that is the way that Jake and Thea’s duet would sound. Unlike Jay on his fiddle, Thea would probably be waltzing around the dulcimer with her flute.

Kokopelli Wandering Song – Native American Songs – Robert Tree Cody
Sweetheart Calling Song – Native American Songs – Robert Tree Cody
Love Song – Native American Songs – Robert Tree Cody
Lakota Love Song – Robert Tree Cody
These three lovely songs play an important role in the book, as you can imagine just by the titles. They are played on a traditional Native American wooden flute. The YouTube video is a different song from the same musician, but it gives you an idea of what an entire melody sounds like. Imagine these pieces playing on a misty summer morning in the woods of Woodruff Mountain on a wooden flute carved by Jake Moser.

Since most of these are on YouTube, I created a Making Magic Soundtrack playlist over there instead of on Amazon. I hope you enjoy!

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