The Helpless Song Cycle – II. Mind

(Completed September, 2015. Premiered September, 2015. Orchestrated January, 2017. Premiered February 15th, 2017)

(OG. sop. and pno. ORCH. fl., ob.+cor. ang, cl.+bass, bsn., hrn. vln. I, vln. II., vla., vc., cb. + solo sop.)

My grandfather started his life on a humble farm in California. After he left the farm he joined the Navy and served during the Korean War. He then came back to land and became an employee of Boeing who helped get the Apollo program on the moon. Because of all of his skills, my grandmother said she could never imagine something my grandfather couldn’t fix or learn to fix. Sadly, this isn’t true anymore after Alzheimer’s set into his mind.

“Mind” takes the perspective of my grandmother and the difficulty I can’t begin to comprehend of seeing the love of her life go through this slow goodbye. I felt I could only say my sympathy to a certain extent. So I found it more accurate to let the music take the foreground for this.

Listen to the next song, “Soul”

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“Did you know
I grew up on a farm?
Did you know
I grew up on a farm.”

“Did you know
I grew up on a farm?
Did you know
I grew up on a farm.”

“I’m so sorry.”
It’s not your fault.
“I’m so sorry.”

“Did you know
I grew up on a farm.”