I compose with the notion to help facilitate healing and recovery from trauma. It also benefits me to be able to express my own feelings as I try and grow as a musician as well. Jasmine is a milestone for me as it is my first experience of having musical pieces coalesce into a collection. Following is a list of each melody and some thoughts to go with them.
Jasmine: A series of creative accidents that somehow fell perfectly together for exactly one minute. Also a liberating moment. Also a delicate flower which has a beautiful scent in the night.
Sunrise Over Nagarkot: One morning, long ago, I was so fortunate to watch the sun rise over the Himalayas.
Mapping Lechuguilla: There is a curious cave in New Mexico that goes on for over 130 miles.
The Return: Coming home to precious breath and consciousness. Timed for easy Pranayama.
Into Silence: There are times when In Silence is the best place to be.
Silhouette: A greeting card to invoke a happy childhood memory.
Going Somewhere: An energetic toddler roaming about the house leaving a swath of destruction behind.
Strange Attractors: A mathematical abstraction which I don't understand, but the feeling is mutual.
In Search Of: I am grateful for the search, and what it reveals.
Offset: Just feeling a little offset today. Time to pay attention.
This Road: This one goes out to a high school friend and gifted and prolific artist who is active in the world of blues music.
Seventeen: The first part of the melody line originally went up to the seventeenth measure.
Cost of War: We all think our time in history is so unique, but that is only because we forget it has all been done before and way too many times, and some people still don't get it.
Dark Chocolate: My favorite kind of chocolate, with an atonal/anarythmic start and a smooth finish.
First Snow: Look! It's snowing! Snow brings with it beauty and quiet. It has a way of softening the clanging, busy world, even if only for a day.
Lyrica: Court music from the age of Merlin, but with a midi keyboard. Also a modern pharmaceutical of the same name, whose main effect is to reduce the effects of Fibromyalgia (neuropathic pain).
Dark Chocolate Exp: Just the last part of Dark Chocolate, dancing in slow motion and slip streaming time.