Saturday, December 31, 2016

A Thing A Week - 2016 - Week 52 | Living Earth (Original Piano Improv)


New music. Every week. All year. Done.

It has been one heck of a year and I am thrilled to now be on the completed end of this crazy little "A Thing A Week" experience. Thank you all sooooo much for following along and listening and sharing your comments and encouragement. I don't think I could have done it without you.

My last "Thing" of the year is the final solo piano piece in the "Elements" series based on art work by Alison Albrecht. I give you, "Living Earth."

Thanks again and best wishes into the new year!


Monday, December 26, 2016

A Thing A Week - 2016 - Week 51 | Distant Fire (Original Piano Improv)

I cannot believe there is less than a week left in the year. Week 51's post is a day late due to the Holiday weekend being packed full of family plans. Soooo much good food and good company :)

This is the 2nd to last post of the year for my 2016 A Thing A Week series. "Distant Fire" is also the 2nd to last piece in my Elements series which is based on the art work of Alison Albrecht. While looking at the painting I got the feeling of a massive fire way off in the distance. Something like a huge hill-side wild fire, or even a distant Sun. The fire is absolutely raging, but from a long way off it appears to be almost still and just subtly changing and morphing. Neither growing nor dissipating. Always was. Always will be.

Thanks for listening. See you next week (or rather lather this week)!


Sunday, December 18, 2016

A Thing A Week - 2016 - Week 50 | The Berlin Fabric (Original Piano Improv)

Week 50 has arrived. Today I sat down at the piano with no prep and played. What I played is this week's thing. Sometimes it feels best to just make some sound.

Also partially inspired by this really sweet fabric Kate got for me as a gift. One of a kind 60's fabric from Berlin that will be used as a tapestry in the new recording studio. Can't wait to hang this beauty.

I present to you, The Berlin Fabric.



Sunday, December 11, 2016

A Thing A Week - 2016 - Week 49 | Snowfall & Hearth (Original Piano Improv)

Snowfall and Hearth
A True Juxtaposition
A Reminder to be Grateful

Week 49 of 2016 has arrived as has the winter wonderland scene out my music room window. Feeling inspired to create is my favorite part of the human condition.

See you next week!


Sunday, December 4, 2016

A Thing A Week - 2016 - Week 48 | Precious Air (Original Piano Improv)

Close your Eyes
Borrow a Breath
All Around
Deep Within
Our Precious Air
Our Precious Life

For Week 48 I've written a piece of music for solo piano based on the art work of Alison Albrecht. This piece is part of The Elements collection. In August, I wrote Calming Water as well, so take a listen over there if you missed it or want to hear these two together. I'll be doing Fire and Earth for two of the last four weeks of 2016. Looking forward to compiling this set with the Seasons Past set and making a full length album release for solo Piano. Watch for it early 2017 :)

I should mention, Alison is having an art opening at Trotter's Cafe in St. Paul, MN from 6-8 this Wed Dec 7th. The event will feature hre paintings I've been composing music to as well as some of her other paintings and photographs. And! I'll be playing live music during the show. If you're in the area, stop by and say hi.

If not then, I'll see you next week.