Here is the new piece I finished last month: daniel-trace I started it last fall, after Daniel had left for college. It's similar in spirit to the piece I had done for Lian when she left for Brown, lian-summer-echoes. Our children are now on their own, doing things they want to do with their lives. Jill and I are official "empty nesters". The daniel-trace piece for Daniel is based on some recordings I made of him practicing for his final piano recital here at home. It's chock-full of 'inside jokes' and hidden audio remembrances (Here's one: listen closely as the crickets "shift" towards the end of the piece. The first cricket sounds were recorded as I walked around Roosevelt this past August, recovering from my transplant. The second (two) recordings were made outside Akira Takaoka's cabin in Nagano prefecture. A close listening as the "shift" occurs might reveal a young voice in the background -- Daniel when he was about ten years old.) daniel-trace was one of my Christmas gifts to Daniel.
I wrote a bit more about the idea of music as a gift in my
blog entry. Daniel! Lian! We miss you! But we are so proud and happy
about how life is developing for you both.