I started playing music in grade school. French horn. A few years later, I quit.
But that's not to say that music didn't deeply fascinate me. I picked it up at age 17 with the piano. I wanted to learn, really learn, the intricasies of music and theory and composition, but felt like the information bounced off a wall in my head. It wouldn't penetrate.
When I was 29, I picked up the bagpipes and took lessons from a piper. I feel pretty proficient at that. If you've been a reader of The Clarity of Night for a while, or have visited my YouTube page, you've heard me play.
But still, music structure and theory remained mysterious.
To be honest, music composition is something I've always wanted to do. Song writing also. But I resigned myself to the fact that it was beyond my abilities.
But then, the bug hit me again. I bought Music Theory for Dummies and dove into chord structure, chord progression, and accompaniment theory. It began to stick!
I have a long way to go and still may find it beyond my reach, but I'm very happy to share my first original composition with you. It's a little piano tune that I made into a short video. It was my first foray into chord progressions.
A road is good place to begin any journey. I hope to share more compositions and perhaps songs. For now, here is 5 O'Clock Road.