I just completed a new composition and I must say it’s really hard to describe how I feel right now… It’s such a blissful feeling to be able to give birth to a new creation. I’ve never written a blog right after a rough recording of a new piece so I wanted to describe what it’s like but find myself a bit at a loss for words. It’s a truly magical feeling, a creative high – those are the only words that come to mind.
The melody had been stirring in my mind for the last two days but I hadn’t been able to record it because it was a full weekend and I was taking care of my children. I did manage to sneak a couple of practises in between baking a cake and muffins with my children for my son’s birthday party! As a result, I had even more of a burning desire to record it in the studio. So after I put the children in bed tonight, I jumped at the opportunity to record the song.
The passage that I chose to set to music is one that I had already used about 10 years ago but I have forgotten the melody so I decided to start from scratch and something completely new was created! I have loved this quote for a long time and have wanted to set it to music once again. Here is the quotation that I’m using for this piece from Abdu’l-Baha: ‘O Thou the Compassionate God. Bestow upon me a heart which, like unto a glass, may be illumined with the light of Thy love, and confer upon me thoughts which may change this world into a rose garden through the outpourings of heavenly grace.’
There’s a repetative rhythm to this piece and i love the simplicity of it and yet I’ve added lots of harmonies as well. I never quite know how a song will develop until I actually experiment with the recording of it and then I am able to layer the piece with vocal melodies and harmonies to fill in the gaps. I have to be careful not to layer too much and get carried away as my passion is adding harmonies and echoes. Again, since it’s really rough, I can’t share it with you yet, but I plan to record it properly for a future CD. Any thoughts of titles for this piece? I would love to hear your thoughts.