Yes I’m on a solo piano groove again - not surprising really considering the genesis of the playlist - it’s not as if I don’t have some really interesting beats and even some noise tracks lined up but - for now - it’s all about the keys.
I’ve been listening to this track for a while - at least since August - and again it’s one of those tracks that has a hook that just sticks in my head. My initial reaction on listening was that it was too “song” like - you hear that in a lot of shorter solo piano pieces - as if the composer is playing the piano version of an actual song. It’s purely my personal taste but I never really enjoyed that kind of performance - it always felt a little ersatz to me.
And while the opening motif is what worried me - I ended up falling in love with the stunning descending arpeggios and couldn’t get them out of my head. I often play my “Essay Writing Candidates list” while writing - it’s the best way to identify if tracks are going to work - every time this one came on I found myself listening out for the lick. I now listen to the entire piece with a different set of ears and find it a great tool to use if I want to get started on something. I particularly like how it segues into the Cinthya Garcia track that follows it on the playlist ;-)
Here’s what Charles’ label had to say about the track on submission:
You can learn more about Charles Szczepanek here:
About the Curator: Andrew McCluskey
The first visual memory I have is that of the white upright piano in Singapore, Hell and the dark forces lived at the bottom, Heaven and the Angels at the top. They would play battles through my fingers and I was hooked.
Although I've always played, I haven't always been a musician. Most of my twenties were spent working with people, buying and selling and learning how the world works. It was in my thirties that I came to America and focused on music and began to develop music2work2.