The thing with ‘inspiration’ is that you never can tell when it comes, but you definitely know for sure when it is NOT around:)
(please first start the video at the botton of this blog. Don’t bother watching it, just listen to the music while reading the rest of this article, a big time saver:)
For me, piano playing is fun. There are periods that i play a lot followed by periods of not touching the instrument. I don’t like playing from ‘written down’ music, i am not good enough. I’m more just fiddling with chord progressions and stuff like that. I have a very good ‘ear’ for music. But also like ‘simplicity’. I’m the ‘Bach’ type. His simplicity is extraordinary. Bach like no other could make something majestic out of a few notes. Just listen to ‘Air on a G string’ e.g. here (not now, later;) to know what i’m talking about, and it doesn’t matter who performs ‘Air’ … even the crappiest of crap ‘performer’ will still make this tune stand out:)
So, what has all this Bach talk to do with my music? Well, if i play i HAVE TO keep it simple because my technique doesn’t allow me to be extravagant, so i HAVE TO make every note/chord count. The tune which, if i’m lucky, ‘inspiration’ hands me, has to be simple, elegant, yet moving and powerfull. I have to be able to play it myself which is a very harsh ‘filter’ and rules out 98% of music i could think of lol:) Thinking of composing a symphony, all those ‘notes’ for all those musicians, it just melts my brain. Too much ‘notes’ … i never could write all those notes down, how DO composers do that?
Anyway, so i was placing my hands in ‘d minor’ on the keyboard and forced ‘inspiration’ to do its magic. Trying to get a ‘theme’ going helped by some previous bits and pieces of chords i already have in my ‘repertoire’. Recording the stuff and created a video out of it. For keeps, because the ‘theme’ is definitely there.
At first i didn’t have a title, but now i think of something with ‘Gladiators’ as a working title. Gladiators who are about to die, saluting the emperor … (or something along those lines)