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The last time I published music here was in December, 2018; I finally have something new to post and I hope you like it.

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Here is a poem I saw recently on a blog I follow that captures some of the emotion I feel when playing this piece. I’ve taken it from here: https://poets.org/poem/memoriam-ring-out-wild-bells

In Memoriam, [Ring out, wild bells]
Alfred Lord Tennyson – 1809-1892

Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky,
The flying cloud, the frosty light:
The year is dying in the night;
Ring out, wild bells, and let him die.

Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.

Ring out the grief that saps the mind
For those that here we see no more;
Ring out the feud of rich and poor,
Ring in redress to all mankind.

Ring out a slowly dying cause,
And ancient forms of party strife;
Ring in the nobler modes of life,
With sweeter manners, purer laws.

Ring out the want, the care, the sin,
The faithless coldness of the times;
Ring out, ring out my mournful rhymes
But ring the fuller minstrel in.

Ring out false pride in place and blood,
The civic slander and the spite;
Ring in the love of truth and right,
Ring in the common love of good.

Ring out old shapes of foul disease;
Ring out the narrowing lust of gold;
Ring out the thousand wars of old,
Ring in the thousand years of peace.

Ring in the valiant man and free,
The larger heart, the kindlier hand;
Ring out the darkness of the land,
Ring in the Christ that is to be.

This poem is in the public domain.

Grace and peace to you…

dw

I posted earlier about my goal to record an EP this year and make it available on Bandcamp, etc.: that is now a goal for 2019.

I worked on it…I really did. And I learned a few things:

  1. Playing ‘live’ on a Steinway grand at the cancer center and playing in my studio on a digital keyboard (albeit a good one) are two really different experiences. It’s almost as though I lose the meaning of the music when I’m recording.
  2. I’m not a sound engineer, but I know I’m not quite satisfied with the final sound quality I’m getting so far. I want to take some time to try a few different approaches.
  3. I want a more solid theme for the EP/album – not a ‘variety pack’.
  4. I’m letting perfection get in the way of good. I record countless takes and am not fully satisfied with any of them. I have to accept that my technique is only so good, that it’s okay for my recordings to reflect me, where I am, how I play.

Thank you for listening this year – I can’t begin to tell you how much that encourages me!  And grace and peace to you in 2019!

dw

p.s.  I’m always open to your thoughts about how I could make this site better for you – don’t hesitate to let me know.

Study in Silence

I’m very happy, after a very long hiatus, to post new music again today. This piece is a side-effect of a collaboration with my friend Ehsan to write a new Sanctus (which we will share once we have a good recording). The recurring motif is from the hymn “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence”.  I hope you enjoy it.

Grace and peace to you…

dw

Your opinion, please…

As I mentioned earlier this year, I have a goal to record an EP of some of my music and make it available from sites like Bandcamp, iTunes, etc..  I’m thinking of trying to include 5 or so pieces and I’d love to know if you have any favorites you’d like me to include.

All 39 pieces I’ve posted so far are available on the Just Listen page. I’d love it if you’d take a look and listen and comment below to tell me which are your favorites.

Thanks to all who hang out here!

dw

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Mmmm

Mmmm…I’m sorry it has been so long since I last posted something here. I’m now at the point where I have posted all the music I’ve finished and know well. From now on, I need to learn and complete the songs first. So, things will slow down.

Mmmm…I never have any idea what I’m going end up with when I sit down at the piano and start to explore sounds. In this case, I had a rhythmic idea (from Mozart) and a mood when I started and something close to this new piece when I finished.

Mmmm…what to call this new piece? Mmmm…not sure.

Continue reading “Mmmm”

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