Hi everyone. Itís been way, way to long since Iíve prowled these ďthreaded corridorsĒ. I think the last posting of mine was last summer.
Unfortunately, I had one of those malevolent life-altering events which weíre all faced with eventually at some point in our lives.
I developed Crohnís disease and ended up in the hospital a couple times, once for a whole month. Iíve been quite ill for 6 months but Iím happy to say that Iím finally turned the corner and have stabilized. They had me on so many drugs that I became quite ďloopyĒ and couldnít write a note if my life depended on it. The drugs also made me lose my short-term memory, so I forgot how to use any of the software programs, and even anything regarding composition techniques for that matter. I also had to sell my landscaping business, which took years to build up, because I could no longer perform the work. On top of all that, a common side-effect of Crohnís is the onset of arthritis which hit me in a big way. My hands became completely paralyzedÖ..I couldnít even play Chopsticks! Add severe depression, and that was my life for the last 8 months.
Now that the arthritis has abated quite a bit and Iím taking a lot less medication, I can once again start to focus on music. Hooray!! Iím learning to play the piano all over again. Iím starting with easier pieces such as the oneís here, some Chopin waltzís and Scarlatti sonatas. Their not perfect by a long shot, mainly because of the unevenness due to my motor-neurons not firing quite in sync yet. But Iím so happy to just to be playing again, I donít care and I thought Iíd share it with you. (links below)
As you may remember, I spent most of last year, before my illness, writing piano pieces and was about to master a CD before this all happened. Itíll be awhile before Iím back to speed playing, so Iím currently working on orchestral compositions to get me back into composing again. Hopefully Iíll be able to post those in a month or so depending on how long it takes me to relearn the software!!! I find that Iím almost giddy when I sit down to compose. Itís such a delight to be able to compose again.
Anyway, Iím glad to be back!
Chopin Op 70 Nr. 1
Chopin Op 69 Nr. 1
Scarlatti sonata in C Major
Scarlatti sonata in E Major
PS ( before I get chastised for my omissions, upon listening to these I discovered I forgot to do the repeats on 2nd half of BOTH Scarlatti sonatas and left out a middle chunk of music in the Op. 70 Chopin. I played these from my "Swiss cheese" memory, and I guess it's is still somewhat on the fritz....can't remember if I repeated something or not. Did I just say this in the above paragraphs? hmmmm....Anyway, sorry for the omissions.