The title of my new composition is “asphalt”.
“Asphalt” seems like a very harsh title. Especially when you listen to the piece, it is a bit incongruent – so it does need some explanation.
Let me start with some background on how I began writing this piece. I really just wanted to do something simple. Having just written a very complex piece that I still can’t play well, I wanted – and needed – a break from my usual piano calisthenics. Something easy enough that I wouldn’t have to apologize for playing sloppy.
As I’ve said before, I don’t usually set out to write about anything in particular. But once the piece starts to take shape, I start to associate it with my own feelings, emotions, or memories. And then those feelings or memories guide the structure of the rest of the piece to completion.
The tonality and rhythm of this piece reminded me of riding in the car and staring out the window. Looking down at the ever changing patterns of the road, I realized no matter how much it changes, it is still part of the same road. It is not just a series of separate roads, but the same road united by shifting curves, intertwining twists, inclines, declines, long straight lines. And that it is this road that actually connects us all. Passing wonders, souvenir shops, gray fence posts, wasteland, shanty, brilliant, staring, dreaming, the road I’m standing on right now is the same road that runs in front of your house. And this road is made of asphalt.
So, when I think about it this way, I feel like we are physically less apart. And in sharing this music, I hope that we are brought more together in our hearts.
Love and Merry Christmas,