OMG, it has been almost a year since my last blog post. I can’t believe how 2019 has flown by, with (sadly) so little productivity to mark the time passed.
It has been a year of substantial focus on health, fitness, and meditation practices with like-minded souls. These activities have improved my well-being a great deal, so I guess I can somewhat rationalize the drop-off in artistic expression. [Somewhat].
I hope I haven’t lost your interest during my sabbatical…
Despite the apparent inactivity, I actually have been working on a new piano tune for many months, and it is finally ready to share with you. The initial theme emerged in early spring, but for whatever reason, this piece has been painfully slow in coming; the most reluctant composition I have ever created. The various themes emerged in a trickle, and they took forever to cohere in any comprehensible way. I think I was able to finish this piece only because I couldn’t bear the idea of going into the new year with it lingering undone. So I WILLED it to come together!
What can I say about Echoes? I’m not sure how I feel about it. I like the melodious riffs and variations on themes. I like the underlying chordal progressions, because they aren’t cookie cutter. I like that there is a different relationship between the notes. Notes are held in suspension; they linger. Silence wants to be heard. The musical current chose to flow in this way. That surprised me. Maybe it’s a metaphor for my increased appreciation and desire for silence in life!
With my interest in developing more complexity in composition, I explored some unique sound combinations and chord progressions, which I realize may not resonate for all ears! So, please feel free to let me know if this does NOT sound pleasant to you. I’m curious to know. Truly.
My goal for 2020 is to reconnect more substantially with artistic expression and share more regularly on my web site. So stay tuned, have a Happy New Year! May the new year bring us all joy, peace, and political sanity!