For any of my friends and tribe who are struggling right now given the uncharted waters we’re in with coronavirus and the efforts to contain it, I’ve made something for you. It’s a video of a piano piece I wrote overlaid with some of my favorite images from recent years that I’ve photographed around the world. I hope it gives you a small amount of peace and calm if you need it. It’s a more polished version of a piece I posted recently on Facebook called “First Light” with imagery that I thought fit.
I’m sharing something I’ve never shared with the public in hopes that you might find it comforting in these times of so much unknown and anxiety. Two years ago, I was going through a very challenging time in my own life with a degree of uncertainty as great as many of us are feeling now in the time of the pandemic. I had recently starting playing more solo piano again after being away from it for quite awhile and found it soothing. During that time, a friend mentioned the concept of forest bathing, a Japanese practice of nature therapy also known as shinrin-yoku, which means bathing in the forest atmosphere or taking in the forest through our senses.
This is an older musical piece that I started reworking recently which I wrote the music to and features “vocals” (audio samples) from the philosopher Alan Watts, who is known for helping to bring/popularize eastern philosophy/concepts to the West after moving to the US in 1938.
Recently, I’ve posted a few piano cuts that were much lighter/calming in tone. Today’s piece, Event Horizon, is bit darker and electronic, clearly a reflection of what I am (and all of us are) dealing with right now…