Albert Einstein once said, “Look at the universe. Could so great a symphony have no conductor?” I find my greatest inspiration for writing instrumental music comes from taking in the symphony of nature; the wonderful sights we are surrounded with everyday. Whether it’s on vacation in some exotic location (which doesn’t happen as often as I would like), the penetrating beauty of a sunrise over the Lake Michigan horizon or a simple walk in the woods, I always find nature at the heart of my inspiration when composing instrumental music.
When listening to instrumental music, I always try to imagine why the composer chose the name they did. I like to think of the music painting a picture of a scene.
I’ll never forget the first time I heard Debussy’s “Nuages” (Clouds). I felt like he musically captured the exact essence of what clouds would sound like if they indeed had a sound! I love instrumental music because it allows the listener to imagine scenes and scenery in their own unique way while taking in the piece of music.
In my songwriting approach, there are times when I am in nature and a melody comes to me. I then name the song after that experience. Other times, I write the melody with no specific form of nature in mind and while completing the song and listening back to it, I try to picture what aspect of nature it might best represent. Either way, my purpose is to give an interpretation to the wonder of God’s creation.
I titled our latest EP ‘Parallels Ch. 1’ because I wanted to have my music parallel the artistry of nature. All of our songs are titled after something pertaining to the wonderful world around us.
So as you listen, let your imagination wander to horizons, ravines, ridges, clearings, dawns and coasts!
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