As I have mentioned before inspiration can come from any aspect of life from within and from what surrounds us. Recent current events have served as the impetus for creativity for me. Last week I was so overwhelmed with emotion, sadness, courage, and inspiration to compose the piece Procession in D Minor (for Full Orchestra and SATBB Choir) and Procession in Minor (for Wind Ensemble and SATBB Choir). It is deep, profound, and filled with a mixture of the emotions I was feeling during my writing of the piece. There is an undertone of sadness yet its build in processional style is indicative of courage to overcome adversity, to face challenges, and to honor those who have been taken away from us….
Music moves people in many ways. Music motivates, inspires, excites, and comforts. A person gravitates towards music either to enhance a state of mind or to change a state of mind. For others, the music that a person listens to reflects that person’s state of mind. Its power and impact is undeniable and invaluable. Its presence is everywhere – watching a live concert, holding on the phone, shopping in the mall, praying at church service, attending a wedding, working out, crying during a funeral, screaming during a horror movie, or feeling the warm fuzzies during a love and romance movie. Whenever, wherever, music is there weaving and casting its magic. Music is either being piped in by the establishment for its patrons or we are bringing the music we like. No one leaves home without music. It is a part of who we are. ..