I’ve completed the first in a series of songs called “Music to Accompany Unspoken Words”, a set of freestyle, organically evolving pieces. You can hear “Waiting” in the Music section of this website. Enjoy!
To clarify the purpose and provide some background into the piece, I would like to share what’s different about “Waiting”, as several of you have asked. Click “More” to read the update (it’s rather lengthy).
“Waiting” is the only song I’ve written that doesn’t have accompanying lyrics. Most of my pieces have words wedded to the melodies and harmonies, but “Waiting” just sort of spontaneously happened. Part of that is by design, as it’s also the only of my songs done almost completely without any pre-planning. It’s therefore the most improvisational of all my pieces so far. Playing this piece was a big ‘leap of faith’ for me, since I usually like to work out set out my themes, play through them until I establish some comfort with them, and then record and release them. As a result, “Waiting” is the only ‘rough cut’ song on this site. With no post-production clean-up or fixes to “errors,” this piece is aimed at conveying authenticity instead of perfection, much like how marble has natural idiosyncrasies which lend each piece character. “Waiting” is intended to be an experiment and part of the “unaccompanied piano” series I’m working on.
“Waiting” is played in a different style, with stylistic nods to Japanese or Korean songs and soundtracks, differing from many of my other compositions which draw their inspiration from chiefly North American influences.
“Waiting” is intensely and unabashedly focused a sole musical theme repeated continuously without a break throughout the entire song, with the exception of the intro and the ending. Intended to illustrate a single, unbroken experience without the logic or purposefulness of other pieces because everything is happening in the same moment, “Waiting” is like a poem or short story written in a stream of consciousness style.
It tries to evoke the emotions that accompany the experience of waiting. Throughout the duration of the piece it musically replicates that familiar sensation; as the passage of time erodes comfort, introduces uncertainty, and wears on the person waiting, the tempo, dynamics, registers, and weight of the piece changes to reflect those subjective realities which exist just beneath (and sometimes rise past) the surface of the human consciousness.
If you listen carefully, you’ll also notice the symmetry in introduction and ending. This was intentional, even though many songs end this way. The reason the symmetry is so important in this piece is because “Waiting” is intended to illustrate a person sitting relatively composed while waiting, then perhaps checking their timepiece, then gradually becoming more agitated or passionate as doubts and fears cloud his or her mind. Finally the piece resolves in its denouement to reflect a state of weary resignation or peaceful acceptance as the slower tempo of “Waiting” resumes. The ending also indicates a continued waiting, as the notes in the ending do not resolve, pointing rather to an uncertain future, filled perhaps with joy or sorrow, success or failure, clear skies or stormclouds.
I hope you enjoy experiencing “Waiting” as much as I have enjoyed sharing it with you all.