I'm not sure why, but I feel like posting today. It's March of 2021, and I've been in Maine almost two years now. Of course, COVID happened so everything was shut down this past summer, and this second winter (again, mild) feels longer than the first. I don't mind it, it makes me look forward to summer more. I recently got a red jeep and I plan to take the top off and doors off when we go to the beach this summer.
I've been pretty inspired lately to finish my second CD of piano music. This time, it will all be original songs. You can check a few of them out on the "Music" tab (The Wanderer, Autumn Rains, and Frostfall). The CD is my musical response to finally making it back to the east coast, where I am extremely happy. It's not perfect (if we're friends on Facebook, you probably know my frustrations with the state, but I won't pour those out here), but I felt moved to write some music about the beauty that exists here, and I've sprinkled my interest of Norse Mythology throughout. Should be an interesting mix!
Happy to say that I now have about 30 students in my piano studio. It's probably COVID, but I'm feeling very uneasy today about the future of church music. It seems it will never be the same, and I'd be lying if I said I still feel the thrill of programing music and playing that beautiful prelude or big postlude that moves people. It's been a long time, and online recordings just don't do that for me. I hope that inspiration returns soon, and I suspect I'm not the only one feeling this way. In the meantime, I'm trying to look forward to the new organ that St. Alban's will be getting in 2022. I've been enjoying teaching more and more, and even teach some of my students from Arizona! That's a blessing to come out of COVID!
Here are some pics for my Southwest followers :-)