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Welcome to an exclusive preview track from the forthcoming Christmas musical e-book, "The Call of Mektoub" by Helen S Michaelsen!
The original theme melody was composed by Helen and appears throughout the story in various forms. I developed the melody into this orchestral/ambient piece, created to fit the mood and context of Christmas Eve's Chapter 24.
The e-book is due for release on 1st December by Vook.com. It will be distributed through Apple, Barnes & Noble, Amazon and Vook, and 50% of any profits will be shared equally between a children's charity and the campaign to save the Svalbard Polar Bears (details to follow). It is written in 24 chapters, one for each night of December until Christmas Eve. For each chapter there is a soundtrack written by one of six SoundCloud composers - all of the members are listed below. Everyone has worked very hard to meet an extremely tight deadline, and we are immensely proud of what we have managed to achieve.
The music for the tale will unfold under the following SoundCloud account, please follow: Mektoub Music
The name "Mektoub" means "destiny" or "it will be written", and is also the name of a very wise, old polar bear who lives in the Magical Lands of the North - a place which exists in your imagination somewhere between the North Star and the North Pole.
Helen's story is written around a very old book, "The Land of Never Grow Old" by Stella Mead, which was published in 1935 and is no longer in print. "The Call of Mektoub" is set in 2007, where we find a mother and a daughter (Emma and Lucy) who own a copy of the book that has been handed down through three generations of their family. The magic of the old story lives on in their hearts, so when Father Christmas's sleigh is stolen three nights before Christmas Eve, it is Emma and Lucy who find themselves embarking on an unexpected adventure to help save the Magical Lands of the North from being lost forever. All those who believe will answer The Call of Mektoub...
SoundCloud composers appearing in the e-book are:
Chris Connor http://soundcloud.com/cxc2 ;
Alexander Hallberg Alexander Hallberg NO;
Dave Pugh absorption;
Oliver Sadie Oliver Sadie;
Svein Welde 12th House;
Helen Suzanne Sleepingenius;
Illustration by Natasha Saville.