Every song has a story, and the songs here are no different. I would like to tell you that each of these songs came from a real-life situation worthy of a best-selling novel, but the inspiration behind most is actually rather simple – the kinds of things that happen every day in the lives of people everywhere. Nevertheless, here's some tidbits about each song -
Flight of the Hero – This is my most recently completed song, finished mid 2006. This song is one of my personal favorites.
A Catchy Little Tune – This song is one of my first works, and was intended to be a bit “peppy”. I've never felt the title matched very well, but I was never able to come up with anything better, and it's too late to change it now.
Katelyn's Laugh – As I was sitting at the piano fidgeting with this melody, my 7-year old daughter came up to me and said “Dad, that song makes me laugh!” I have to admit, I wasn't really going for the “laughing” sort of song, but the name stuck regardless.
Kama's Theme – Of all the songs I've written, this one has the most complex background. It grew out of a time in my life when I questioned everything that I believed in, and wondered who I really wanted to become. It was, perhaps, the darkest time of my life.
During this period, one of my cousins helped me find my way through, to redisicover who I was and what I stood for. She impacted my life in a way that can only be expressed through music, for words alone will forever fail to completely capture the profound difference a friend can make in someone's life. This song is subsequently dedicated to, and named after my cousin, Kama.
Asyle's Burden – One of my wife's favorites (she likes the melancholy stuff), this song received its name from one of the main characters in a fantasy novel I'm writing (yes, I'm writing a fantasy novel).
The Quickening of the Falcon: A Tempest Reborn – This
song bears many distinctions. Among them:
• It is my oldest “masterwork” (I use the term loosely), Copyright 1992.
• It has borne at least three other titles before finally settling on its current one (something that happened when I undertook the aforementioned fantasy novel).
• It is my only piece to have more than one movement.
• I consider it my most difficult piece to play (I STILL can't play it flawlessly, and I've been working on it for over 13 years...).
Loss – A song I consider to be one of my best works to date, it developed independent of any particular situation, but quickly took on the unmistakable tone of someone who is suffering through the loss of a loved one. The odd thing about this, though, was that 90% of it was written around two happy, festive occasions: a family Christmas party and my niece's baptism.
A couple months after completing this song, a very close family friend of 30+ years passed away. I am now left wondering for whom the song was intended: our departed friend, or those he left behind?
Dedicated in loving memory of Richard ("Rooster") Pulsipher.
Patterns – While composing this song, I was struck by the complex array of emotions that can come from a relatively simple melody. This thought led to a mental exercise (I am an engineer, after all) exploring how all things complex can be reduced to simple systems working together. What I find most intriguing is that many of these simple systems mimic each other, regardless of how different and complex the system of which they are a part. It also never ceases to amaze me how a very slight change in the simple system leads to huge changes in the larger scope of things.
I guess that's the long-winded way of saying that there are patterns to everything, and we can find joy and elegance in simplicity.
Serenade of the Blackbird – Formerly known as “Serenity”, this song was my first foray into what I would consider a “romantic” piece.
Alyse – A simple melody that reminded me of one of my sisters, so it was named after her. It got its start while tinkering around with quintuplets.
Rain – Also referred to as “Sconey's Theme” by a friend of mine, due to the fact that it conjures up images of a fisherman at sea during a storm. I started this one while trying to mimic thunder on a piano.
Nightshroud – Darkness falls, and the land is wrapped within evening's silent, mystical cowl. Another one of my favorites.
Serenade Number Two – Another simple, romantic-sounding song. I couldn't really come up with a romantic name, so I stuck with something simple.
Joye – Another simple melody that was named after another sister.
Sunrise on Frozen Meadow – Named for the images that come to mind of barren trees covered in frost and the glorious rays of dawn's first light.
There are many more songs which I hope to share with you soon. Check back occasionally to see if there's anything new. Better yet, you can sign up to receive email announcements at the bottom of the news page.