(text written on May 10th, 2011)
For today’s PianoTweet I am heading to my core.
Almost every composition was given birth through improvisation.
Very often I start with a raw idea that reflects
just a feeling, an image, a news item, an impression of an outer event…
That’s the start.
What follows is playing over and over, fine tuning, rehearsing, writing, counting notes.
(mind you, I love writing with pencil on paper).
But this PianoTweet is a “one-taker”.
Starting the recorder and play:
B minor Improvisaton (“Sono Dio” Series, no. 18) – PianoTweet no. 130
(text written on May 9th, 2011)
Some nights ago, at 10:50 PM
we suddenly looked up at the sky.
Because we saw
a flying Object we could not identify.
It was no aeroplane, no satellite, no meteor, no “falling star”…
It was colored orange with some yellow at the edges.
It was triangled, while the points of the Triangle were a little rounded.
The Object was completely silent; no sound could be heard at all.
And it moved fast from east to west.
It was difficult to distinguish the height,
however, it did not seem to be very high up…
We were astonished, excited; we had no reference at all, it was new.
The day after we felt strange, somehow bright,
I almost felt a little bit lost.
This PianoTweet is a kind of a Hymn
for the Orange Triangle in the Sky.
That flew above our heads in a straight line.
The Triangle in the Sky (“Sono Dio” Series, no.17) – PianoTweet no. 129
(text written on May 8th 2011)
In music, minor chords often are associated with
feelings and moods with a heavy, sad or melancholic charactre.
In previous PianoTweets I already told you about this assumption.
This PianoTweet however is a meant as a proof of the opposite.
Although it’s written in the key of A Minor,
it sounds positive – at least to my ears.
I played it with a happy feeling and quiet atmosphere inside of me.
It’s a challenge to demonstrate the other side of an opinion
that’s accepted in common sense.
To change the viewing angle,
create a contrasting musical image and
experience a new perspective.
Enjoy this Sunny Sunday PianoTweet!
Positive in Minor (“Sono Dio” Series, no.16) – PianoTweet no. 128
(text written on May 7th 2011)
My background, childhood and familiar education are heavily related to religion.
There was Good, there was Evil.
You got a white heart or a black heart.
There seemed to be nothing in between.
All the Good came from Heaven, from God – “Dio”
All the Evil from Hell, from Satan, the Devil.
Many, many years ago I said farewell to
the religious way of thinking, this way of judging life.
Now they say there’s no Heaven nor Hell…
But I can’t deny it seems there’s a Place,
very near or very far, probably simultaneously
that must be or that can be mentioned as “Heaven”.
All my inspiration comes from There.
It feels like Heaven.
Source from Heaven (“Sono Dio” Series, no.15) – PianoTweet no. 127
(text written on May 6th, 2011)
It’s the Time of the Waves…
Waves of energy,
People in waves moving from there to there,
Waves in politics, in movements.
But for me, the most beautiful waves are
the calm and dreamy waves of the sea…
Soft Waves (“Sono Dio” Series, no.14) – PianoTweet no. 126
(text written on May 5th 2011)
Today for all Dutch it’s Liberation Day;
the day after yesterday, Memorial Day.
There are many days I really do ask myself:
“In what way am I a free person?”
“What do I do to be free?”
“What do I do the moment I am really liberated?”
Liberty is not the same as simply doing what we want.
Liberty is independence.
In thoughts, in speech, in making choices, in behaviour.
Liberty is light.
And it is a journey.
It’s not just a fixed point; it’s a process.
We can’t even imagine yet
what it is to be really Free.
But we can go on, step by step.
EnJOIN this road!
The Road to Liberty (“Sono Dio” Series, no.13) – PianoTweet no. 125
(text written May 4th 2011)
May the 4th is Dutch Memorial Day.
For all people who died in the war
during the years of ’40-’45 of the previous century.
It all happened – and it still happens –
because of the fact that
between all people
there are small and great differences.
When I was a young boy
I had to be different.
I ought to behave different.
It should be me and the rest.
But I did not want to.
I wanted to be like everyone.
Now I want to be different.
As an indivual; and particularly in this case as a musician.
To be heard and recognised for my musical style.
And of course I know that everyone
always is different from anything or anyone else.
But as an individual and in joining this existence;
all differences are
expressed and recognized
by its Unicity.
Being Different (“Sono Dio” Series, no.12) – PianoTweet no. 124