Musical Composition: Listening To Landscapes

My National Writing Project friends down in Southern Connecticut are hosting an event this month at the Weir Farm National Historic Site, inviting their educators to a theme of “Reading Landscapes & Writing Nature” for the 2022 Write Out Project. Bryan C shared out a StoryMap he has been building, and shared it out, and I followed his map and story, but I kept coming back to the phrase: Reading Landscapes.

I had this inspiration to make a piece of instrumental music, using that theme of “Reading Landscapes” that eventually morphed into “Listening To Landscapes” as my guiding muse. So I pulled out my keyboard, opened up some music software, and began to compose.

All through the making of the music, I had certain memories in my mind — of wandering through a forest on a path, of pausing on a rocky overlook on a mountain top, of floating on a river on kayak, of sensing peace in a dark wooded area, of returning to the path.

My piece — A Quiet Walk In Four Parts (Listening To Landscapes) — captured what I was remembering, and imagining, and “reading” the landscape from previous outdoor adventures, and each “path” wanders musically into the next.

Thank you, Bryan, for setting song in motion.

Peace (play it),
Kevin

CLMOOC Calendar: October Soundtrack

CLMOOC friends gathered and created artwork for a collective calendar for the 2022 year nearly a year ago now. Download it for free, if interested.  I composed a short piece of music for each month as my contribution, and I am sharing out each month’s track at the start of each month.

Here is October: Brisk Winds Blowing

Peace (listening in),
Kevin

Fancy Letters

Illuminated (artistic) Letters

We’re reading Book: My Autobiography, about the history of stories and books, and the concept of Illuminated Letters provides a nice path to doing some artwork, as students use their name initials to create a version of an “illuminated letter” from the Middle Ages.

Peace (coloring it in),
Kevin

Pre-WriteOut: Making a ‘Zine

With WriteOut around the corner (Oct.9-23), the National Writing Project is hosting a series of invitations for “pre-makes” before the official events, and the first was an invite to create a ‘zine.

I did my best, making a small ‘zine about the path of music across the pages.

Here’s how to make one (thanks to Margaret for sharing):

And the WriteOut invite:

Peace (and trying to make it),
Kevin