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“Let It Be”…Water: Music About a Storm Recorded in a Storm

It is interesting how music and the elements of nature can be closely connected. What happened today (7-20-14) at the Rainbow Shower was a case in point.Screen Shot 2014-07-20 at 7.43.29 PM

Another tropical storm came calling at the Rainbow Shower this morning.  Just like “Flossie” a year ago.  Watching the storm this morning, one could not help but remember “Flossie” (see “Flossie: In the Eye of the Storm“).

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I found it interesting, looking at that “Flossie” story now, that almost exactly the same thing happened. When the power went out, I sat down to play at my Steinway. And the Serbian waltz “Divan je kiceni Srem” came out.  Today, it was the “Blue Danube,” also a famous waltz.

I was not conscious of this “coincidence” until just now. So what does it mean? Is “waltzing in the rain” the Spirit’s message here? The rhythm of the storm is a three-beat dance, like a waltz? Hm…

This storm, however, stayed with us all day, spinning around us like Screen Shot 2014-07-20 at 9.07.49 AM 12.42.40 PMa top.  When the storm returned in the afternoon, I sat down to play my Clavinova. Without thinking, I found myself doing a new orchestral arrangement of “Let It Be,” Paul McCartney’s 1970 hit, one of the last the Beatles recorded as a group.

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“Let It Be… Water” was the recording of this song I made in April 2012, after Elizabeth’s and my first trek together to Waimoku Falls.  It connected me us to the Water element then, as it did today. Subconsciously, of course.

“Let It Be” is the oldest non-classical piece in my repertoire. I started playing it in 1970, as soon as it came out. But today, I realized, it was the first time I was improvising it using various orchestral and rhythm variations on the Clavinova.

So I stuck my memory stick in, and started recording my “doodling.” This is what came out…

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