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This is our grandson, Shai Gil Neeman:
What a baby! What a boy! What an amazing experience! So filled with
love, with joy. I had to write a piece for this new kid. SSN ("Shai,
Shai Neeman" -- I'll explain the title momentarily) is that piece.
It's one of those pieces where the sounds I use have
for me. Here they are:
- One of the very first videos that Lian and Itay sent to us was a short
clip of Shai in his 'swing-o-matic'. It was playing a goofy version of
Johann Pachelbel's famous
Canon in D.
It was completely out-of-sync with the swings, but Shai was sleeping soundly.
What a baby! What a boy! The string background sounds heard throughout
SSN are a time-stretched and folded version of that piece.
- The melody of the whistles heard half-way through the piece is an
abstracted version of a song I would sing to Shai while we were visiting
at the end of May. I would sing "Shai, Shai Neeman" over and over to the
tune of the Passover song Dayenu ("dai dai enu, dai dai enu...";
also the melody for the children's song "B-I-N-G-O"). He seemed to
- I used a sample of whistling for the melody because Shai's dad (Itay!)
seems to enjoy whistling around their home. I'm not even sure he's aware
- There is another melody that is played on a rubbed glass -- the glass
harmonica sound -- that appears along with the whistling. It's taken
from a piece I wrote for Lian shortly after her birth,
Sleeps All Night.
Lian didn't "sleep all night" for at least a year, and Shai seems to be
following in her footsteps.
For the glass-harmonica sound, I used one of the glasses that Lian and
Itay gave away at their wedding:
- There is a short quote from Debussy's
Clair de Lune.
I recall my mother playing that piece on the piano when I was young. And I
really like that piece.
So there you have it! Welcome to the world, Shai!