With school almost back in session, I hope to present to you a new season of Study Music Project. This song here is called “Water Lily.”
Left Brain: I began the concept of this song essentially one year ago. Like most pieces that I write, it was a bit fragmented when I began. Due to my own overwhelming amount of work, I never had the chance to sit down and think about this song until recently. I really wanted to write a song with 12/8 time..I think there is something unique about this time signature. As you listen to this song, you will realize that there would be times when I don’t play very many notes, but you can still feel the rhythm. I think that this time signature may trigger some sense of an internal metronome in our body, which helps us keep a pace – 12/8 more so than any other time signature. This is something interesting to me, and a musical concept worth exploring.
Right Brain: The feeling that I try to capture in this song is essentially create a smooth flow, like water, while keeping everything simplistic, with no complications. I imagined myself near a stream while I was writing this piece. My goal is to try to get the listener into a good rhythm and flow of doing things and accomplishing tasks with this music.