Sunday, June 16, 2019

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Sideways Blues - Whimsically Macabre

This "blues" is based on an unusual 8-note scale containing these notes: E-F-G-A#-B-C-C#-D-E, so although it has a 12-bar structure, the chords are a bit strange.  

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Jump in the River - 2019 Tiny Desk Contest - Stacy Fahrion

Jump in the River is an etude featuring 4 against 5 polyrhythms. It begins and ends in Eb Lydian, and is in C minor in between. The title is a phrase I heard recently. It was mentioned in reference to imagining the music is already flowing and you're just joining in, in order to start at the correct tempo. To me, the idea of jumping into flowing waters is a beautiful and multilayered metaphor that applies to overcoming fear and anxiety and not holding yourself back from doing the things you long to do, even if those things scare you. Like entering the Tiny Desk Contest. 

Monday, March 4, 2019

Impermanence - Whimsically Macabre

“The one close to me now,
even my own body-
these too
will soon become clouds,
floating in different directions.” 
~ Izumi Shikibu

Tuesday, February 19, 2019