Forest Bath Suite (solo piano)
Forest Bath Suite EP. All songs written by Gregory Berg- 2018.
Today is a return to music and dedicated to those who enjoyed the piano cuts I posted back in March. 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.
As one who loves to spend time in nature myself and who has experienced firsthand the benefits of doing that in a forest, I was struck by that idea and wanted to create a musical soundtrack for that experience. Over the course of a week, I wrote a number of simple, short piano bits based on my mood and then sequenced the best ones together in what I called “Forest Bathing Suite”. I liked the melodies, but at the time I thought my playing was uneven (most were first or second takes) and so for a variety of reasons, I kept this piece private.
But in the process of building the website for Finding Light, the new overarching name brand and theme I’m going to start using to thematically tie together the various strands of my creative work (inclined new projects I’ll be launching soon), I unearthed some old demos like this one that I’m happy will finally see the light of day. It’s time to let go of perfectionism and just share…