Composition and the inner world

Some of the world’s greatest music is incredibly provocative and soul-wrenching, and I can’t help but wonder what was going through the composer’s life when he or she wrote certain pieces.

For example, singing or listening to Mozart’s Lacrimosa from the Requiem always brings me to tears. Does it have this effect on you?

I’ve been dealing with depression this week. I’ve actually had a fair amount of rough stuff in my life to deal with, and this week was, I guess, a final straw. So music, yet again, was here to heal and support me. As it always has been.

Not only is music supportive to listen to when we’re dealing with the trauma in our lives, it helps to compose and create music too. Our own music reflects what we’re going through, the ups and downs, and the times that challenge us.

So yes, I’m composing again. It feels weird to do so, after so long. I’m finding my voice has changed, I’m not writing in the same style, I’ve matured. Maybe I’ve grown up. Maybe that’s what years of dealing with the rough stuff does to you. I don’t know. I don’t have answers.

The pieces I’m writing are short, and to the point. They’re simple. And yes, of course they’ll be free. I’m hoping to have them done within the next week or two. One is a piece based on the themes of war and peace, and the other is a sea piece.

I’ll post them when they’re done.

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