Thursday, August 31, 2017
I just created a new page called “Piano Music” and uploaded three pieces I composed in late 2016 and early 2017. Please keep in mind, I recorded these on my electric piano using a hand-held digital recorder. Not exactly a professional job! You may even notice a bauble or two, but overall, the recordings are “listenable,” I think (hope).
Heartsong was a piece I wrote when I was still working and yearning for the time and freedom to express my creative nature. I originally composed it using the “strings” feature of my piano, because the strings really captured the essence of what I was feeling. However, I used the “grand piano” sound for this recording. Maybe I will re-record it with the strings sound in the future to have both versions available for comparison.
Election 2016 was a piece that literally came to me in a flash, when I was feeling great despair and anxiety at the outcome of the presidential election. I just didn’t know how to process what I was feeling, and I remembered when I was a kid I’d go to the piano to work out feelings. So, at the height of my despair I leapt to the piano, put my hands on the keys, and this piece came out virtually complete at the first run-through. It was uncanny. All I can think is that it was floating in the ether of the zeitgeist, and I just happened to catch the wave.
Joy came shortly thereafter as an antidote to Election 2016! I wanted to evolve into hope. To affirm that life IS joy, IS love, IS coherent and harmonious and beautiful, regardless of the ugliness that seemed to have been unleashed. This piece helped me express more optimistic feelings.
I hope you enjoy!