They Should Be Here With Us by iosmusicandyou published on 2012/12/23 05:41:10 +0000 As I write this, we're approaching the holiday season, a time that I've always valued in my family life. When I became a parent, this time of the year became something that I cherished even more, as my children began to enjoy it along with me. Now that I'm firmly settled into my family life with three children, I couldn't picture the holiday season without them. I appreciate the joys of watching them grow all year long, but there's no doubt that there's something special about spending the end of the year with them. Also as I'm writing this, we're a little over a week past the news of the tragic shooting in Newton, Connecticut where over twenty children were killed. That's twenty young souls that will never see their true potential as human beings and twenty sets of parents that have lost of piece of themselves. As a parent myself, I can't really come close to imagining the pain that goes along with this experience - it's nothing that any parent should ever have to go through. I'm enjoying every minute of the holiday season with my own kids, but I can't help but think about the people that had their children viciously ripped away from them - especially now, their children should be there with them. This song is a tribute to those folks and the inhumane loss of life that happened in Connecticut. There's a somber mood that builds with intensity throughout the piece, backed by samples of children and parents. I don't think its possible to honestly capture this experience, but at least trying helped me deal with the thoughts floating through my head. I created this piece completely on my iPad, using MultiTrack DAW as my main workspace. I used a number of additional apps to bring the piece together, including Sunrizer Synth, Magellan, Animoog, the Korg iMS-20, and the Korg iPolySix. I also used DrumJam, ThumbJam, FunkBox Drum Machine, and Audiobus. The samples were downloaded from freesound.org.