A Whimsically Macabre Christmas - new EP now available!

He Knows When You’re Awake (We Wish You a Macabre Christmas)

I wrote this one back in December of 2015, and thought I'd revise it a bit and make the video even creepier. Remember that Santa is ALWAYS watching. 

Gloomy Old Saint Nick - Whimsically Macabre

A jazzy little ditty about how it's ok for St. Nick not to be jolly all the time. Sheet music for this piece is free today, December 7th: https://pianopronto.com/composers-community/stacy-fahrion/stacy-fahrion-gloomy-old-saint-nick/

FREE Sheet Music! Silent Night, arranged by Stacy Fahrion

Sheet music for this arrangement is free today, November 30th: https://pianopronto.com/composers-community/stacy-fahrion/stacy-fahrion-silent-night/ I intended to write an off-kilter version of Silent Night, but the piece didn’t want to be creepy or clever, so I tried to write the most sincerely beautiful version of Silent Night I could. It has a few minor reharmonizations and crunchy dissonances. It's in C Major. I don't know who I am any more. I hope it brings you a moment of peace and comfort during difficult times.

A Strange, Overpowering Feeling - Whimsically Macabre

A piece in 5/4 that uses different versions of only two chords, F and GbMaj7/Bb. It also has 2 different 3-note isomelodies over the repeating 5-note accompaniment pattern that eventually combine into an 8-note isomelody. The title is a phrase from The Listing Attic, by Edward Gorey. 

Double Trouble - Whimsically Macabre's new piano duets album!

Tricks 'n' Treats!

Whimsically Macabre has a show tonight (8/17) at the Mercury Cafe in Denver!

Musical Women Show and Social Hour: A Penchant for Piano! This debut concert for the Musical Women series will spotlight singer-songwriter-pianists such as Tori Amos, Regina Spektor, Fiona Apple, & Joni Mitchell, as well as original songs by featured performers:

Aural Elixir (www.auralelixir.com)

Sarah Fridrich (http://www.messyannband.com)

and China Kent (http://alrightx2.com).

Drinks and dinner will be available during the concert, family friendly, all are welcome. Suggested donation $5-$10.

Social hour starts around 6:00 and the show is at 7:00. Come early for networking with local music industry professionals, the local community of music lovers, and other friendly people. More info below, or at www.auralelixir.com, or message any questions to Aural Elixir through Facebook, or email Jesse directly at jesselixir@gmail.com.

Whimsically Macabre's Colorado Public Radio Arts Obsessions interview!

photo credit: Stephanie Wolf, CPR, July 13, 2018

I was recently interviewed for Colorado Public Radio's arts obsessions series since I'm just a little bit obsessed with nursery rhymes. :) Here's the online part. The interview will air on the radio soon! 

Muffin Menace - Whimsically Macabre - new recording

Made a new recording today of the very first Whimsically Macabre piece I wrote, back in 2012. 

You Can Never Go Down the Drain? - Whimsically Macabre arrangement

A whimsically macabre arrangement of a song by Fred Rogers that
 makes it sound ever so slightly less reassuring.

Sheet music for this piece is available here: https://www.sheetmusicplus.com/title/20740400

The Future Unremembered (acoustic version) - Whimsically Macabre

A Satie-esque piece posted in honor of Erik Satie, 
one of my favorite composers,
 born on May 17th, 1866. 

New album just released on Bandcamp!

A Wise Old Owl - Whimsically Macabre

A wise old owl lived in an oak
The more he saw the less he spoke
The less he spoke the more he heard
Why can't we all be like that wise old bird?

What Most You Fear is Coming Near - Whimsically Macabre

An odd-meter piece with a title stolen from Edward Gorey's Fantod Pack.
Happy Birthday to Edward Gorey! (February 22nd, 1925 - April 15th, 2000)

Lukas Foss from Five Anniversaries by Bernstein (1918-1990)

Bernstein wrote many pieces as tributes to his close friends and family,
 and called them Anniversaries. This one was dedicated to his friend,
 composer Lukas Foss.

"It is obvious that anything a scientist discovers or invents is based on previous discoveries and inventions. The same applies to the arts. Invention does not fall upon a blank mind. Any creator owes a debt to past creation. The artist falls passionately in love with art that already exists. This is the first step." ~Lukas Foss

I felt a Funeral, in my Brain

based on this poem by Emily Dickinson:

 I felt a Funeral, in my Brain,
And Mourners to and fro
Kept treading–treading–till it seemed
That Sense was breaking through–

And when they all were seated,
A Service, like a Drum–
Kept beating–beating–till I thought
My Mind was going numb–

And then I heard them lift a Box
And creak across my Soul
With those same Boots of Lead, again,
Then Space–began to toll,

As all the Heavens were a Bell,
And Being, but an Ear,
And I, and Silence, some strange Race
Wrecked, solitary, here–

And then a Plank in Reason, broke,
And I dropped down, and down–
And hit a World, at every plunge,
And Finished knowing–then–

Meeting Death for Coffee - poems and piano solos #5

“Coffee w/death: a comedy of poems” written/performed by Wayne A. Gilbert

“Whimsically Macabre Piano Solos” composed/performed by Stacy Fahrion

View the Coffee w/death playlist of poems & piano solos on YouTube: Meeting Death for Coffee