"The Departure of Boromir" was written June 22nd, 1980 ...
in Richard's Cabin - New Berlin, New York

From The 'Rings Project CD :
Recorded January 9th, 2004 at Smokey Mirror Studios in Milltown, New Jersey.
Alan Horvath: Vocal | 1986 Flatiron 3k Octave Mandolin
Overdubs by Horvath: Backup Vocals, McSpadden Teardrop Dulcimer, 14" Grover/Trophy Bodhran
Boromir's Horn: Compliments of Keith Kehrer** - KamakazeProductions.com


Track 6 from the Lord of the Rings CD ... Boromir's song.   Aragorn sings this song ... it was he who found Boromir in a little glade not far from a lake.   Boromir was pierced with many black-feathered arrows, leaning against a tree ... his horn was broken in two.   Aragorn knelt by his side ... and the song begins.

Boromir tried to take the Ring from Frodo, but not in a bad sense -- he wanted to save his people and, being a mighty warrior, thought the Ring would help him turn the tide.   He was wrong, of course ... but he died valiantly, defending his hobbit-friends from Orcs.   Aragorn, Gimli and Legolas lay him in a funeral boat and sent him to the Falls of Rauros.

This was one of my Dad's favorite songs ... so whenever I perform it, I perform it for him and this recording was no different.   I had a picture of him in front of me while I sang the lyrics.

I wrote this song on my Gibson Hummingbird guitar, with a D A D E A D modal tuning ... however it's recorded with my 1986 Flatiron 3k octave mandolin (tuned DD AA DD EE) with overdubs of my McSpadden teardrop dulcimer (DD A d).   Note: This is my very first time playing my Grover/Trophy 14-inch bodhran ... and I do mean my first time.   No rehearsals ... no practice sessions ... no learning-methods of any kind applied -- I just picked up the bodhran and played with my fingers and hands.

**During the recording session, I needed a french horn to represent Boromir "... blowing his mighty horn over the Rauros Falls."   I don't have any horns, nor a synthesizer, so I contacted my good friend Keith Kehrer - KamakazeProductions.com ... he recorded a french horn for me and sent me a link to the file ... he said he used SAM's Horns in Halion on Cubase -- I have no idea what that means; LOL! -- but I downloaded the file, put it on a CD, took it into my studio, and recorded it into the song.   It amazes me to think what that would've taken to achieve before we had the internet!

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