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DiJoseph's More-Than-a Piano Blog #4-INFLUENCES...

INFLUENCES

My earliest musical recollection is that of a music box in my grandmother's house.
Seems like I spent hours... listening....absorbed in that... mysterious..forlorn...intriguing...captivating
sound-of-a-distant-land melody.

Twenty five years back, I began writing a composition that was eventually called.... RECOLLECTION.
I started writing it while learning (or immediately thereafter) Chopin's Preludes in Eminor and Bminor and, in my mind, I always made an association with those pieces as the primary influence of Recollection. AHHHH...not SO grasshopper!

I inherited that music box when my grandmom passed. Kept it around for years. It wouldn't work so it became
a visual reminder of an amazing woman and a special time. Last week, while blogging about influences, I decided to try and see if it might not ...sing to me again. To my amazement, it...awoke!
Its plaintive, bell-toned melody rang from it's underside and I was drawn right back to that ...feeling...and there is was right before my eyes: the TRUE inspiration of Recollection. Thus the final title .....I have no doubt.

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Comment by stephen dijoseph on August 4, 2010 at 11:57pm
thanks!...love that poem leese!
Comment by wiffledust on August 4, 2010 at 10:29am
this is so lovely, steve. the "besame mucho" box is such a treasure. and "recollection" is one of my favorite pieces of yours. it stirs my soul. i put it under natalia's story in the poetry corner of wiffledust, because it was the only thing i could think of that was complex enough for such a deep story. it's so emotional! here's the link to that if anyone wants to hear it....http://www.wiffledustonline.com/poetry.cfm

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