I apologize for being away for so long. This forum has always been more than just a place to post music. I’m continuously moved by the forum’s members themselves for their outpouring of encouragement, support, sharing, creativity, and most of all , genuine friendship I have missed this circle of friends immensely .
The past year and a half has been traumatic for me. My continual poor health landed me in the hospital (twice) once for a whole month with a 5 month recovery time. The cost of such, ended up well over 200 grand. Fortunately my insurance paid for most of it, but not all of it. So I ended up selling my home so I wouldn’t be in debt for eternity and bought a smaller home in Julian, California. Being in a weakened state, the move was stressful, but it all worked out; I love it here and more importantly, I’m on the mend. I just haven’t had the energy to compose or do much of anything really until now. So I’m so thankful for another chance at living a full life, and I can’t think of a better place to start than here.
That said , I finding I’ve completely lost my compositional mojo, and everything I write pretty much sounds like crap. But hopefully at some point it will come back. The easiest way for me to ease back into writing is to write for the piano. ( I wouldn’t even know how for orchestrate on a computer anymore at this point.)
I decided to force myself to write again by sitting down at the piano and to write one new piece (draft) everyday for one week. I did it and I now have 7 new pieces waiting patiently to be refined into something, hence the title “The Week Effort Collection” whose double meaning is legitimate but not really meant to be a pun.
This piece, “The Meadow Lark” is a pun however, and is not about that species of bird. It’s simply the repercussions of having a recent great romp through the meadow near my home with my dogs, …having a Lark as it were. The piece , however, sounds like what could result if Beethoven was invited over to Scott Joplin’s place for dinner and a jam session. Lol
All seven pieces are very different from one another, and this is on purpose. I’m trying to capture in music what it means to be actively living life and not just a passive bystander… which I’ve been for so many months now. I’ll try to post the other six pieces in this collection as I finish them.
This short piece is dedicated to Randy Bowser , really for several reasons.
1. 1. Randy has, and continues to write insightful, encouraging and helpful posts to almost all the threads here. I’m always amazed by his willingness and eagerness and giving of his time to help others and yet, still have time to compose his own works. I really, really admire that Randy, as I’m sure everyone else does, ..you have kept this forum alive and well.
2. 2. Such a gifted composer. I find his compositions to be amazing. He can write a stellar dramatic work (Dorian) and then turn around and write a seemingly whimsical, light-hearted work to perfection such as “Tom Sawyer”. In addition, this work proves the old adage that “keeping it simple is sometimes better” and this is definitely one of those “sometimes”. I’ve enjoyed immensely listening to both of these musicals, completely for different reasons.
3. 3. After listening to Tom Sawyer many times, I found myself humming the melodies off and on during the day to the point of making me want to sit down at the piano and compose. In my own style of course, this piece shares the energy and frolicking good fun I have subconsciously absorbed from listening to Tom S.
Although I don’t think this piece is up to my former standards, it certainly is a lot of fun to play and that in itself makes me thankful that I wrote it. So thanks Randy for pointing me in the right direction and hopefully again, I’ll be able to reach a level of personal satisfaction with my music; which obviously, you have already achieved with yours.
The Meadow Lark mp3 music
The Meadow Lark Score
Cass (Garritan Steinway under lid perspective)