For as long as I can remember, everything around me has a song. My mind is linked with the universe through music, as if we all are laying on the same sound fabric. I call these songs Shadow Songs, and the art of listening to them, Shadow Listening. Over the years, I have kept the songs to myself, fearing the reaction. What if people didn’t like their song? When I would visit a place, I would hear my song, and then search my ipod for other songs in the same key and mood. This was all I was brave enough to share.Then, an opportunity came to me. I was invited to play at an event in Macon, Ga. The crowd seemed to enjoy my performance of classical pieces. It struck me, afterwards, that the pieces I had selected were not pieces that the general public would consider ovation worthy. These just weren’t hugely popular pieces. So what was it that made the crowd so happy?Following the program, my daughter and I approached the guest speaker, Nancy Grace. She really loved the music and invited us to play on her show in recognition of autism awareness month. We were honored and excited. Now, I just had to figure out what we were going to play. I reflected deeply on the crowds reactions to my playing. It occurred to me that my unusual view on music, led to unusual expression in my playing. Maybe the world was interested in hearing my shadow songs.With a little over a week to prepare, I opened up garage band and recorded the violin part. One by one, I layered in the other instruments, using a midi keyboard. In two days, I had a complete song to present. Once I was in touch with Ms. Grace’s show, I learned I had 2 minutes of air time. I went back to the computer and cut down the song to 1 minute and 55 seconds.
Our time on the show went by quickly, but I was still very grateful for the exposure. Fueled by the momentum, I uploaded the song, Stone Shadow, to iTunes.
The reception of Stone Shadow has been amazingly positive. It seems listeners, fans and friends alike, enjoy my work. It just seemed foolish to stop there.
A song a city is born
To write more shadow songs, I need to experience the shadows of more places. I can only hear places I visit first hand. To make that happen, I need the help of all my fans and friends.
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Thanks to everyone who has supported me over the years!