The very first time I heard this song was as a cover done by a Filipino singer named Sahlee Quizon… this was back when I was a teenager.
I had no idea the original was sung by Skeeter Davis, and just remembered that the song was featured in the movie, Girl, Interrupted, starring Winona Ryder and Angelina Jolie. A character named Daisy, played by Brittany Murphy, took her own life while this song was playing in the background.
Yes, it’s a pretty depressing song, but it’s a pretty song as well… but, I’m trying to branch out my repertoire into the Country genre. And, I’m working on developing my traditional country repertoire as these songs are easier for me to play on solo piano without having to sing the song.
This current album project has been on hold, as I go back and forth with the overall aspects of how I want the music to unfold.
For one, the ‘ambient’ feel needs to be established.
And, I’d been toying with the idea of including a standard… Hi Lili Hi Lo… the track has already been recorded… to include it or not? That is the question. So far, I’m 50/50 with regards to including it.
Sometimes, it’s good to have some counterpoint within the album, so that’s my reasoning behind including a standard.
I’ll try to include a temporary track listing soon… but, this is the ongoing (and next) project I’m currently working on and hopefully will have it out next month.
This latest album is available today on various music streaming outlets as well as for download on stores like iTunes and Amazon.com. Released on this day to commemorate the victims of 9/11, eighteen years ago to this day.
This album is a compilation of various piano improvisations, recorded at home in my recording studio, Western Sage Recorders. It spans various piano improvisations from the past 5 years. Whenever I felt the creative impetus, at sat down and recorded whatever was on my musical mind at the time. It was all recorded “live”. No overdubs or studio trickery.
Recordings were made on Garageband as well as Logic Pro X, and Ozone 5 and Ozone 8 were used to master the recordings. Studio software was used on a Macbook Air as well as a Macbook Pro.
Duet II by Apogee was used as a Audio Interface. M-Audio studio monitors were used, as well as a Harman Kardon Onyx Studio 4.
the dance of the ivories
My original intent was to create an album that focused on the practice of Zen meditation and the Buddhist Philosophy, expressed personally through the piano improvisations.
The act of piano improvisation is performed in-the-moment, in ‘real time’… no edits or overdubbing… what you hear is what you get, and what you get is what I was thinking at that exact moment.
Piano playing, and music in general, can be thought of as a meditation. Jazz music could be considered meditative as well, since much of it is based on improvisation.
Morpheus in The Matrix touched on much of Zen Buddhist thinking, as in the above quotation. Piano improvisation (to me) falls into this category of adaptation, of living in-the-moment, of experiencing and performing the music within the moment.
In Zen, the ultimate reality can be found with that moment…
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