July 14, 2016: Reboot

July 14, 2016: Reboot

Well, it really has been a while. If I had just waited 8 more days it would have been two years since I last posted something here. But I’m all about keeping things ever so asymmetric, so here we go again.

I’m not going to lie: I have an ulterior motive. I just launched a new version of my website today, and it says right up there at the top of the site that “The Blog is Back”, meaning Piano Diaries. So I had to do something…

Speaking of launches, my new app Blues, Preludes & Feuds (A Musical Memory) is now available in two formats: iOS, and as a web app. It’s been out  for iOS for about a month or so, but web app is big news because now everyone can read/listen to it: it works on any reasonably modern device (Android, iOS, any web browser on your computer.)

It’s an album…it’s a book…it’s…super cool. So check it out.

(Speaking parenthetically about launches, and reboots: this site needs to be redesigned. That’s next…)

1/21/14 Possible Questions

1/21/14 Possible Questions

Soon, very soon (maybe mid-February) I’ll begin making posts of tracks that are directly from the live show Piano Diaries (runs May 21-June 29 at the Athenaeum Theatre, Chicago. Read more about the show here.) In the mean time, I figured it’s about time I start making contributions to the improvised Piano Diaries blog, again. After all this is the original format…been busy getting the show together, so I kind of let it slide.

Alà Gymnopédies (2004)

Alà Gymnopédies (2004)

This track showed up when I was looking for something else: it was in the wrong place at the right time. The track was recorded in 2004 (at least that’s the date of the file) and I apparently submitted to be in a film, because that’s what folder it was in. In any case, it certainly has the feeling of an Erik Satie piece, thus the title. It’s basically improvised, but the theme sounds written; maybe I’ll find the score some day (if it even exists, which I doubt.)

8-16-13: Beautiful Morning, Aug. 16

8-16-13: Beautiful Morning, Aug. 16

There’s a bright golden haze on the meadow?

Well, no there’s not: for one, there’s no meadow ’round these parts, for another there’s no golden haze. Still, it’s a beautiful summer morning in Northern Illinois.

7-31-13: Amorphous Morning Meditation (Blah)

7-31-13: Amorphous Morning Meditation (Blah)

These kinds of things—amorphous, cloudy, freely tonal-atonal, impressionistic, etc.—are usually best served in small doses. This does have a point, a kind of two-note theme that asserts itself, but it’s on the esoteric, moody side.