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letting go

For those who enjoy meditative piano...

I first released this piece more than a year ago; I’m simply bringing it forward. For those of you who haven’t already given it a listen, it’s a long one at over seven minutes, which runs counter to the bite-sized track lengths common in today’s consumer-hooking marketplace. But I’m no multi-platinum recording artist either; so, for better or worse, I sit among the ferns in the I’ll-do-what-I-want corner of the room. Admittedly, though, I feel like I’ve got about a minute I could lose in the third-quarter of the track; I just haven’t yet taken the time to rework the arrangement.

Like most of my musical projects, it develops in layers over the course of playback (with the general result being that the second half of my stuff is where I hide the shine, and not necessarily with that intention). The essence of this piece is one I put together in my teens and has always served as a way for me to warm up my creativity when I sit down at the keys. It wasn’t until early Spring of 2017, after having gone through a heartbreaking, perspective-shaking, very inward winter, when I sat down on some new equipment to turn it into something cohesive and reasonably competent. By the time I had decided I was done enough with it, I also sensed a lurch forward, as a train might clang into movement from full-stop. That’s the scribble on the Richter-line of time I point to when I look back to identify my first awareness of true healing. It was a very liberating project, hence its name.

Hope you can rest—and reset—a moment with it.



 

MORE ORIGINAL MUSIC on WINDSTREWN:

Tetelestai: https://windstrewn.com/2017/05/23/tetelestai-final/

Lake Ransom: https://windstrewn.com/2018/04/24/lake-ransom/

Kibo’s Dream: https://windstrewn.com/2017/11/27/kibos-dream/

Dublemma: https://windstrewn.com/2017/03/04/dublemma/

The Drive: https://windstrewn.com/2017/07/15/the-drive-2/

On Jovian Clouds: https://windstrewn.com/2018/04/09/on-jovian-clouds-2/

Crackerjackin’: https://windstrewn.com/2017/08/05/crackerjackin/

Snakeden: https://windstrewn.com/2017/03/08/snakeden/


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9 comments on “letting go

  1. Music is good for the soul… this has touched mine. So beautiful!

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  2. I’ve been listening to all your pieces while working. I like them all. I hope you add some more soon!

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    • Fantastic! Believe it or not, I have my own music playlisted with other stuff I like for while I’m writing. For it to be listened to is the highest praise for the musician, much as the artist’s canvas would want mostly to be seen or the beauty of word to be read for the poet. You’ve been quite kind to go through the catalog, Wyncliffe…I’ll keep them coming over time!

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  3. I love this music!

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    • You know, this song is incredibly special to me. It has been with me a very, very, very long time. It would be sitting right next to the truth to say it constitutes the nucleus of my childhood love affair with the piano…and music composition in general. The keys and lay for this song were the very first coherent, reasonably competent, song I ever wrote. Amazingly, I did not sit down to compose it into a finished track until earlier this year…I’d like to believe I’ve carried it with me all these years for these very moments of great emotional challenge in my life.

      Although Lake Ransom has been getting all the attention here lately, Letting Go is easily the one song, if I were forced to choose but one, I’d want most to be associated with. It is far and away my favorite piece personally, chiefly because it was an almost entirely personal history- and heart-rendered production. It has an indescribably significant gravity for me.

      Thank you, Celestial, for spending time with it; moreover, thank you for making the time to grace it with your words. I appreciate the comment. Have a great week…

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      • Thank you Windstrewn. I can tell you are very talented. I am amazed that you compose such beautiful tunes. I have been involved with music most of my life – I sing, and play the flute, and I’ve tried to compose but not really. Not very good. My strength is in words, in poetry. Since I was young, I would write stories or poems. You seem to be similar with your young talent of creating gorgeous music. Never stop. Keep posting. Letting Go is beautiful. I love it. Definitely will hear more. 🙂 Hope your day is lovely. ❤

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  4. Love it. And your words. The fiery furnace produces wondrous beauty once the dross has been transmuted.

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  5. Hey John, how did I not know of your piano meditations before? I’m a fan!

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    • Thank you, Amaya…my love for the piano, instrumentalization and composition, though lifelong and something that’s been a heart-balm for me over the years, is to this day one of my most unintentional secrets. I’ve had friends since kindergarten who, even recently, were shocked to hear me play. I admit I’ve been selfish with it, if not somewhat ashamed since I can’t read music (i.e., I far-and-away play my own music before playing others). Since childhood, it’s been like a very personal, protective blanket…aside from playing in church for a number of years (and, even then, many years ago), it’s still a difficult part of me to share. I do so almost reluctantly, and I have no reasonable rationalization for why.

      I am honored, and humbled, to have been loaned your ear!

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