A View to the North
Five Piano Improvisations
By David J. Sosnowski
- A Glance at Evening
- Talking Back to Lightning
- The First to Fall
- Something in the Wind
There's a story behind this. (There always is.) It's a long one
I will try to keep brief. I don't believe I ever mentioned in the
forum, but twenty years ago a viral malady attacked my nervous
system, ending my ability to play. Permanently, I thought.
But then, Gary put that gorgeous Steinway out. The desire to play
became overwhelming, to the point where last week I purchased a
Yamaha YDP-223 and gave it a shot.
Forgive me, my friends, for hands still weak, technique gone far
to rust, and improvisatorial skills too long unused... yet the joy
of playing once again, however ungracefully, is a deeply personal
moment I wished to share with you.
Thank you, all. And a special thanks to Gary for luring me back
to the piano with an instrument -- and one can only fully appreciate
it by playing it -- that is truly a masterpiece.
The northern view from my studio is always a source of beauty
for me. One recent night, the Perseids meteor showers were visible.
And a day or two before that I got the perhaps not-so-bright
idea of playing into a thunderstorm. Autumn is at hand, too, I
notice... with the first leaves now turning, it's in the wind.
Hence, the addition of four other small improvisations, Perseids,
Talking Back to Lightning, The First to Fall and Something in the
Wind. Like A Glance at Evening, I do forewarn that these are rather
rough; and I appreciate the forebearance of the listener...
All my best,