07. December 2013 · 1 comment · Categories: Dreams, Music, Piano · Tags: ,

This is a song for piano that I have been working on on and off for the last few months. It is called “In My Dreams”, and the main part of the song actually came to me in a dream a month or so ago. I wrote the other parts to go along with it.

There is a some computer fan noise in the second half; I tried to filter it out with Audacity but it only filtered it out of the silent parts, so it sounds like there is something strange just with the piano. I may make a cleaner version of this later, but I wanted to share what I had now.

I wrote the last part of it last night in the car on my way home from a restaurant.

Hope you enjoy it!

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.

Recorded this today after it was rattling around in me for a couple of days. Did two tracks with harmony. Lyrics below if you can’t decipher.

And if you don’t like the extra reverb, here’s a drier version:

 

Dark, the hour is long, I’m feeling tired,

Lost is any light to guide my way.

Wearily I search for other answers,

Even one that says it is ok.

 

Hardly noticing the noise around me,

Deep in thought there is no place to stay.

Though they say that life is just a journey,

I’ll be wrong no matter what I say.

 

And now she tells me that we will have fun again.

At least until we make it to the other end.

And now she tells me that we will have fun again.

At least until we make it to the other end.

 

I want to go, I want to go, I want to go.

I want to go, I want to go, I want to go.

 

Recklessly alone without a purpose,

Reaching out for anything to hold.

Silent is the voice that brought me guidance,

One day I’ll be young before I’m old.

 

Longer than the day that came before this,

Always knew that I would be alone.

Cannot even reach the nearest sign post,

Feels like I’m turning into stone.

 

And now she tells me that we will have fun again.

At least until we make it to the other end.

And now she tells me that we will have fun again.

At least until we make it to the other end.

I want to go, I want to go, I want to go.

I want to go, I want to go, I want to go.

I want to go, I want to go, I want to go.

I want to go, I want to go, I want to go.

I have made a few more quick, messy recordings of my music that I will share here. These four are all solo cello. The last is a rather long, 4 part improvisation. It cuts off at the end, sorry about that. I may upload the full version when I have more time.

The first piece is Run right in.

Next, we have Waltze to the gate.

And now, Waldorf the Great.

Last, but not least, is the long but good one: Wanderlust. Sorry it cuts off at the end!

I will be recording a CD of some of my music this year. Consider these a sneak preview for those of you cool enough to read my website.

If you are curious how I composed these, here is a little insight. I get in the mood to make a piece. I might see my cello, and think, hmm.. I think I’ll write a piece for it. I then pick it up, adjust the bow, adjust the end pin, make sure I’m in tune, and then switch on the recorder on my iPod.

Then I start playing some open strings, and a few small forms and phrases that come into my head. Sometimes this is all that happens. Often, however, a large phrase or musical idea pops in, and I give it form as best I can.

The recordings you are listening to below are first recordings. This means I composed them right on the spot. That is why there are occasional hesitations, squawks, and out of tune bits, or parts when I might start singing along or such. This is all part of my creative process. When I make the CD, most of these artifacts will vanish, as by then I will have played the pieces several times and know the hard parts better.

I do not plan and write the music out first, as some composers do. I just “hear” the music internally while I am holding the instrument and play what comes to me.

Before I became a composer, I always wondered about how composers made their music. If you have that same curiosity, you now know how I do it. For now, at least. I have been known to put something together in Finale before, just to get an idea down. Now that I have a recorder, though, more and more I just will sing a tune if it comes into my head when I am not ready to compose.

03. February 2012 · Write a comment · Categories: Music · Tags: ,

Quick, messy recordings. On my iPod. Enjoy!

First, Duet for Refrigerator and Cello

Second, Of Course