Music and Animation by Dave Van Dyke

Here are some musical compositions – and he did the animated piano above, too! – by lifelong friend, David Van Dyke. I have admired his creative work for half a century! 🙂

Here are Dave’s notes about the music:

Hello! My friend Bruce Rawles has been nice enough to give me (Dave Van Dyke) a place on his site to make my music available to everyone. The music is free for any non-commercial use, although if you really enjoy it please consider making a small donation via PayPal using the link below. Any amount is appreciated from $1 to $100,000. (:O)

If you have a commercial project, and are considering using my music, please contact me using the form farther down the page.

A Walk beside the River:
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One of my favorite places to go hiking is in the San Isabel national Forest (Colorado). The St. Charles River flows through this area and it has many moods. As the river comes down to Marion mine there are a number of waterfalls. Beyond the mine it has a gentler character with pools of ice cold water that are a real boon to hot, tired feet. Beyond that there are rapids that invite you to sit beside the river and listen to its music. “The River” in the title of this piece, is a metaphor for Life and the many experiences we encounter as we move through it.


Coming Home:
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This song could be a classical waltz, with a wee bit of Irish folk music thrown in. Ultimately I was not sure how to categorize it but it had the feeling of “home”.


Free at Last:
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No, this has nothing to do with Martin Luther King’s speech. I was visualizing the African plains under a starry night sky when I wrote this piece. Anyone who has seen the night sky when camping at high-altitude can get a sense of how gentle and vast the night star-scape is.


Little Star:
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Yep you guessed it. This is Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star with jazz variations. This isn’t the version they teach in preschool!


River Romp:
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I love to watch rivers and streams when I go hiking. The water seems to be having fun, splashing its’ way along, sparkling in the sunlight, and making that beautiful, gentle sound that is so inviting.

Here’s a frame from a work-in-progress sci-fi animation “The Ancient Dream” from Dave:

The Sci Fi blockbuster you've been waiting for

… and the w-i-p itself:

… and a later version:

… and an airbrush painting he did many years ago:

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… and you can also connect via Dave’s Facebook page.

All music, animation and imagery Copyright © 2017 by David Van Dyke