Wednesday, March 30, 2005
Postcard of the Alamo : San Antonio, TX
I feel that I need to mention this little piece.
On my search over the years to "discover" my composition technique.. at one time, I had decided that I would compose a series of "postcard" pieces.
Basically, I would put the post card on the piano.. and then use it and the message on the back as inspiration.
Many people have sent me postcards over the years. But this particular postcard stood out. Mainly because it was from my parents.. and because of what my mom wrote on the back.
She explains that her visit there made her want to weep.
After staring at the postcard for several weeks.. I came up with a motif and sketched out this composition around it. -Keep in mind- This composition occured BEFORE I began composing my completely improvisational pieces. This piece is a hybrid... both predetermined motifs and improvisation during the recording.
The Alamo is more than just an old, strategically placed mission.
I believe that this location.. it's history.. represents human determination.
The story of David Crockett, and how they held the Alamo against terrible odds. All of the blood that was shed in the historical struggles to control this land.. was it in vain?
These men and women died for us. So that we may be free. So that the ideas of our founding fathers could flourish.
So.. this piece is somewhat of a Dirge... Very sad. Yet.. somehow.. hopefull, steadfast, determined, and accepting. For them.
Alamo.Mp3 (c) 2001 William Cushman (5:10 / 4.8Mb)
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