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Van G


This ethereal piece with synthesizer has an Asian mystic feel. I like the slow pace of it and the depth of the low notes, contrasted by the Asian style string lead that comes in during the second iteration. This one always reminds me a bit of the music of Vangelis - especially off the "China" album.


Murkey


Haunting synthesizer piece and my current "theme song." I don't know, I just find this recording mesmerizing with its strange reflective melancholy yet uplifting combinations of sounds. This is a concept piece. It is made of three simple tracks - piano, bass woodwind, and strings. The design is intended to have the indistinct bass rise gradually in volume over the course of the entire recording until it eventually obscures the other two tracks, making the whole thing "muddy" and hence the title, "Murkey" as if recorded in a Murky Key.


Not Quite


I wrote this piece while my daughter's father-in-law was on the verge of succumbing to a six month battle with a particularly virulent cancer. He was a kind and gentle man, always in good cheer, inclusive, and engaging. His troubles began when he was putting on his sock one day and his leg broke from the pressure. Turns out it was a tumor just below the knee. The first operation scooped it out, but didn't get it all. A second operation attempted to stop internal bleeding at the site. A third operation took his leg at the hip because the cancer in it had become too painful to bear. A month later, it had spread throughout his system. He went into hospice treatment at home, fell into fearful delirium for a couple of weeks and died last night, the day after I wrote this song. While I didn't specifically create it for or about him, I know he was in my mind when I wrote it, and so I dedicate this one to him.


Princess Di


An original instrumental song in memoriam for Princess Di. I wrote this during all her memorial services. At the time, I was pretty depressed (not a rare condition for me) and so I sat around in my pajamas for two days, recording one take after another until I got it laid down the way I wanted. I've always felt it could use some additional instrumentation, but I squeezed all the interest I had in the piece during that marathon session.

Hearts


New Age style synthesizer piece with chorus. Sounds a bit like Enya - at least that's what I thought of it while I was writing it. Of course, unless you're consciously trying to parody or copy somebody, you always see other people in your own work, yet it still someone manages to capture your own style as well.