American Lament

I wrote this in about 1975, disgusted with the industrial complex in America, and the loss of natural areas to mining, quarrying, and oil exploration. Then I lost it for about 30 years, rediscovered a miserable recording of it, and put it on garageband in about 2008. Here it is with all its rough edges.

 

Musical Compositions

This one is for chasing butterflies. I thought this must have been what I looked like at age four or five, trying to catch butterflies with my hands.

 

This is the first instrumental composition I ever wrote, in 1962, with the help of Bruce Markkula, who studied guitar with Johnny Smith.

 

This one is the first composition I ever wrote on GarageBand, in about 2008. I refer to it as “My Adagio,” since it has no other name.