A small autobiography below the picture
When I am treated abrasively.. using different grades of sand paper on what I am or create, myself and what I create become polished into someone and something more interesting and more attractive to myself. Nature demonstrates that process too when a beach is washed with the energy from breaking waves. There we pick up with our hands stones that are polished… the effect of sand being thrown against those stones by powerful waves. Also, large rocks with edges become more interesting and attractive, more smooth, with layers more exposed. I speak and others do as well about the process using my available art forms. Art becomes the best form and record of resistance and sticks around to remind.
We took a week and went to a place in a gorgeous location. It was not warm. It was heaven’s definition of heaven on earth. The wind, rain, and the waves were furious one day. Being there was an experience not to be forgotten. That week will ride on my back and uplift me when I need it and is important for me today. Nature never quits its assault. Staying solid exposes the answer to how to harness a life…getting polished and becoming purposeful and more connected and finally to peace. While in that beautiful location and sitting around a period dining table we listened to legislators in Washington speak and knew the end of the torment created by an autocrat and the people who serve him will find its end. Listening I felt the fervor to never abandon values because with those values I am strong and the people close to me even stronger.
Recently I saw John Leguizamo perform in Latin History for Morons. He is one of the most talented men I’ve had the opportunity see perform. He was engaging. His performance oozed his talent reiterating sandpaper and polishing reasoning, this time regarding Latinos. In Latin History.. John speaks about himself and the state of Latin culture in America. Him creating artistically from personal experience provided an excellent vantage point.
Then an unusual choice, we saw an opera: The Light In The Piazza.. actually musical theatre turned into opera. The setting was formal, the audience attendees were dressed for the moment, and the singers had name value and competency. The music was not too inspiring..neither were the lyrics, but the experience was different and felt like I was in a place I have rarely entered so my interest warmed up. The show had won awards for its score and for the lead female singer. I realize there was a purpose for my attendance: sitting there we knew my skills are better than those I observed and heard on the stage and from the music streaming from the orchestra pit. If the piece achieved status and awards, then I must continue on my trail because I am bound to pass that plateau and discover my true place in the music world. Sometimes the purpose of attendance is to build confidence.
The lyrics for my new song In Between The Beaches Is More Than Enough were essentially written in an art studio while away from LA. When reading the lyrics while singing the music I composed for them, I feel instantly transported there. I need no photos to place myself there or to gaze at. The melody with its lyrical story are just enough. Away from my instruments I have beautiful pictures to refresh my memory, but I actually do not really need them. The mark of something’s or someone’s impact is its indelible traces left in our memory. This song does not have a chorus. Instead this time I wrote a refrain because that is what the song needed. The refrain should cause you to feel like standing, even in awe, and of course singing because it is a celebration of all that is good. I built a driving tempo for it. Nature creates wonderful feelings and sightings that we can cherish and use to counteract what corrupt dishonest people employ to hurt and destroy us. So, here is the REFRAIN:
Blue sea stars,
Jelly fish, anemones, crabs and clams,
Loons and eagles,
Otters and whales
Rockfish and octopus,
Clear ocean water with gentle waves,
A story of SERENITY
Between the Beaches.
The song in Verse 2 sings of a poignant moment with three people in a close human relationship… the denouement closing the Bridge is captured in the phrase Earning My Gratitude Beyond Belief . To accomplish the correct feeling for this moment, in Verse 2 I used a lot of D minor chords; you will also notice a definite alteration in the melody. In the Bridge I shifted to A minor to B flat chords resolving back to F Major chords. The music composed for the Bridge has a more positive sound and tonal quality because the potentially horrific crisis resolved to a positive outcome. When choosing a title for this song, I thought to use Earning My Gratitude Beyond Belief, but the Post Verse and Outro anchored the song to using Between The Beaches Is More Than Enough. At the song’s conclusion I wanted the focus to be the beauty of this place. I wrote this song in F Major. F Major is a non-confrontational comfortable key. Its calming tonal quality is perfect for imagery. Verse 3, the Post Verse, and the Outro definitely turn toward uptempo using accents in the chords and the accompaniment to hear the traffic sounds in LA and then calming the tempo to talk about the quiet star-filled night sky. It is an almost six minute song. It took that amount of time to sing in music and words my feelings and the feelings I wanted to leave you with. The song Between The Beaches Is More Than Enough beginning to end is about imagery and feelings connected to experiences encountered in just one week but with certainty absolutely will last a lifetime.
Now please listen to Between The Beaches Is More Than Enough. Use earphones. You will hear every word because I want you to and the sound will be great.
The time between the last blog entry and this one widened because an experience sapped my energy needing to find resolution. Also, there was some time away from LA, a cold, and a new puppy added into our family, and losing our Adelaide who was a dog-member of our family for 16.5+ years. There will be better times. I thank you for coming by to listen to the music I compose and the lyrics I write. You coming to listen definitely lifts me up and keeps me going. I hope it affects you similarly. My Thanksgiving thoughts include being thankful for my abilities to compose music and being thankful for each of you who listen to what I write and perform. Think of always enjoying your Thanksgiving by sharing. The end of the calendar year is always busy. We need to include everyone in the joyfulness we create. Ironically the same period can be a sad time for some. …and many have suffered from fires in California. It would be great if we get some rain soon to drown out the possibility of any new fires. There have been too many natural emergencies this year reminding us how important it is to be mindful for each other and the importance of solid leadership to get us through the “terribleness.”
November 17, 2019
Herschel very interested in his image and the piano.
The most gorgeous skies blossom here.
The huge beach and sandbar after the tide went out. In the background a volcano filled in with a glacier.
je 2:50 PM