One morning I got the urge to make a new cello piece. So, I got out my cello, and began recording on my phone. “Callisto” was the result.

Callisto is a moon of Jupiter. The piece has three movements, each describing a characteristic of that moon.

The piece has musical inspiration from “The Planets” by Holst, particularly the “Jupiter” movement. Additionally, it takes inspiration from the musical scores to the game “Endless Space”, the movie “The Host”, and the “Star Wars” movies. Technique for writing for solo cello I learned from playing and listening to the Bach solo cello suites for years as a student.

This is the longest piece I have written for cello. If you like it, I suggest you check out my album of original cello music, “Wanderlest”, that has a half hour of shorter original compositions by me for solo cello.

Additionally, I have written out sheet music for “Callisto” in Finale; it’s a very rough version mostly for me to refer to for recording, but if you are interested, send me a message and I will send you a copy.

The recording was done in Garageband using my Blue Snowflake microphone. I may do a higher quality recording at a later date, especially if there is interest.

So, without further ado, here it is: “Callisto”

Callisto

Jupiter's Moon Callisto

I. The Ridge

II. The Frost

III. The Impact

So, I wrote some liner notes / annotations for my album Wanderlest this morning, and wanted to share them on my website for those of you who have listened.

Check them out here.

And if you don’t have a copy of the physical disk yet but want one, use the contact form to reach me.

I wrote this song back in 2011. Here is an arrangement of it for cello, piano, and voice.

This song came to me one morning when I woke up in my basement apartment after having been feeling angry and resentful the night before and realized that I needed to let go of those feelings, forgive, and move on.

The first verse I wrote while asleep. The other verses I wrote today for the purposes of this recording.

Oh product of my savage mind,

I let you live, I’ll let you die,

And if you want a different way,

You’ll have to find another day.

 

Oh haunted halls that hold my soul,

So lost to time, and yet so full,

The brightest future will be near,

As when we overcome our fear.

 

Oh splendid day, oh rapturous night,

To know that what I did was right,

My destiny may be unsure,

But of myself, I know I’m pure.

 

Oh product of my savage mind,

I let you live, I’ll let you die,

And if you want a different way,

You’ll have to find another day.

Here are 3 new songs, 2 for cello, one for voice. Recorded on my phone, edited with AVS.

Here’s the vocal piece, called, “A Nervous Sensation”

And one of the cello pieces, called, “Together”

And the last cello piece, “Validation”

I have released an album of Wanderlest Covermy original cello music. You can find it on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, and various other places on the web, including the CDBaby website, which I will give below.

The name of the album is Wanderlest. My artist name is Lisa Anne Kelly. That should help you find it wherever you decide to get it from. Also, I have about 80 copies that I am selling myself, so if you want one with an autograph and special message, contact me using the form on the “About” page. They are just sitting in my basement right now, and I’d rather have them out to people, so you can get one for just $5 plus shipping.

Here is a link to where you can buy it on CDBaby. It is available both to download and as a disc on CDBaby.

You can also order it from Amazon.

Or iTunes.

Or Google Play.