Buried Hopes was written for a short video, in which a person remembers her childhood dream to play the piano and wishes to bring the joy of music to her own children. The original composition used in the video ends with a “question mark” chord to segue into a contented jazz tune for the second half; I have altered the ending of the standalone piece to sound more “final”. In this form, the piece depicts a person who has had a lifelong dream of playing the piano, but now wonders if it is too late to learn. (Let me reassure anyone who wonders this: it is never too late.)
For this composition, I saw a mystical dragonfly glowing an iridescent blue, flitting about a field on a sunny day. Suddenly, the day turns to night, and the dragonfly finds itself in a dark, mysterious forest with dangers lurking everywhere, and where even the laws of gravity do not apply. As it is about to be eaten by quickly-growing, carnivorous vines, daylight abruptly returns as before.
Shortly thereafter, the scene shifts again. The dragonfly now glides above the clouds, as though it is being carried along by currents in the air. It leaves wakes of bright color as it dances, and begins a bold nosedive. Suddenly, the environment twists into the forest from before, and the dragonfly again finds itself in danger. As the darkness nearly swallows it, the peaceful daytime and the vast field suddenly return. The dragonfly resumes its flight as though nothing has happened. Perhaps it simply had a series of waking dreams?
Prophecies depicts a scene where a young man is given a
series of visions within a dream. He stands within a realm beyond reality,
represented as a dark tunnel within which he travels. An ancient warrior meets
him there, showing him future events and the young man’s role in them. After
each vision, the young man acknowledges his task and resolves to perform it.
While initially timid, his confidence grows until he feels resolute and
determined. The visions end, and the young man awakes.
Lemon Ginger is written for, and dedicated to, two of my adult piano students. Through
their time in lessons, they have become good friends and brought much laughter
to my studio. As they have discovered that they enjoy drinking lemon ginger tea,
they proposed that I title this piece after it. I hope that this simple melody
depicts the calming feeling of consuming this delectable drink.
My music is often inspired by “visions” (for lack of a better term) that I see. Entire scenes will play out in my mind, and the music will come with them as a soundtrack.
For “Light Showers”, I saw a young woman walking outside during a sunny day, clad in a raincoat and carrying an umbrella. Rain begins to fall. Each drop sounds a musical tone as it lands, and after a short time, an entire symphony plays around the woman.
She smiles, removes her raincoat, and transforms into a little girl wearing a brightly-colored dress. She dances in the rain, having a wonderful time. As she dances, the same young woman from before watches the girl from a window. Her face betrays a melancholy expression, as though she is watching a dream or a memory.
The rain stops and the sun returns. The little girl dons her raincoat again, transforms back into an adult, and continues on her way.