The Evolution of an Artist and his Independent Label: A Story in Every Song

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Tito Abeleda creates his music from two vantage points: dance/fitness point of view and/or director/choreographer point of view - a story in every song.   Visionary Quest Records (VQR) continues to evolve and expand its listener base from its first steps with EDM genre music by creating more diverse instrumental music tied to the common denominators of dance, fitness, and/or a story in every song – meaning those who can imagine the stories being told in its songs or those inspired to tell their own stories.   Love Lost: Finding Your Fire Again is that first step of this label's evolution. It is not meant as a departure from its EDM beginnings but a signal that portends of a more bright, diversified future.  People dance to express their feelings about life. The breadth and depth of these feelings go beyond celebration and exist on an immense panoply ranging from an individual’s emotional memory color palette to the human collective’s emotional memory color palette.  With this upcoming release of Love Lost: Finding Your Fire Again, Tito hopes that dancers and choreographers from the ballet or contemporary dance worlds will be drawn to this as a vehicle to express their own stories inspired by this song.  The same can be said of filmmakers and videographers in search of music expressing emotions of sadness, grief as well as thematic elements conveying visual themes of one’s driven search, life journey or vehement quest for answers. 

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Although Love Lost: Finding Your Fire Again is a single in one respect, it is classified by iTunes/Apple Music as an EP because the song is 11 minutes in length and musically structured as 4 short movements. The song was written in D minor with a lamenting introduction in the first movement. Heard from the distance, an oboe soloist plays as the main motif of one's broken heart, supported by the poignant sounds of a woodwind ensemble and electronic ambient pads pianissimo (pp).  The music then suddenly segues to the second movement subito fortissimo (sub. ff) depicting the conviction to find one’s fire to live again, after one’s heart has been broken.  Here, the French horn takes over the main motif initially played by the oboe soloist with interplay and support from brass ensemble.   The French horn gloriously soars with this motif, this time with less grief and more conviction to find one's fire to live life once again. In the third movement, Tito adds a new vibrant color, a solo violin playing the entire 3rd third movement with a frenzied, complex arpeggio passage.  It depicts the energy and frenzy that often comes during the recovery period to heal and find oneself after a breakup.  The fourth movement returns to its original beginnings found in the first movement with the main motif played by the oboe. Unlike the first movement’s distance and sense of loneliness, Tito adds orchestral strings playing with a swelling, sonorous sostenuto musical bed supporting the oboe and woodwinds.  A glorious, harmonious crescendo ensues with the addition of bright ambient electronic pads, depicting the wisdom gained from one’s broken heart, and the hope of a brighter future, where a person is open once again to finding true love and bringing one's dreams to fruition, with only those that share that sense of self-belief in oneself.  Naturally, this is how the composer has envisioned this song.  Nevertheless, he welcomes other creators to tell their stories inspired by his music.

A free preview of Love Lost: Finding Your Fire Again is available for Free Preview listen on SoundCloud and Reverbnation as well as Visionary Quest Records.

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