Friday, September 22, 2006

2. Autumn Ends (1:34)

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This was the first piece written of the four, and it sort of magically appeared. I knew early on that this was going to be about Mary, and the imagery was intense, I could almost see her standing, literally, in a doorway looking back to her life as it was, and forward to her life with Joseph and the baby Jesus.

This piece looks at that exact moment in Mary's life when she realized that there was no turning back, that her life as she had known it was over. My feeling was that this occurred at the end of autumn, and that she was quite pregnant at the time and feeling the discomfort, fatigue and anxiety experienced by so many women in their last weeks before delivery.

The recording was made on the evening of July 26, 2006 using an Apple G4 iBook and Roland JV-35 synth. Software was Apple's GarageBand. The strings, brass and woodwinds are from the GarageBand orchestral sound font package, and drums come from the general GB sound font library. No loops were used.