Bob Ross



During this time of year our thoughts are usually focused on those that are near to us and those that are no longer with us in the physical world. As a musician I use the tools that I am most familiar with to create a landscape that brings memories to life. A perfect example is a song of mine entitled Spheres.
Spheres was one of those songs that came to me quickly. I wrote the melody within fifteen minutes and the harmonic structure is based around three chords. At the time I was listening to Bill Frisell and although I am not a huge fan, I respect the beauty that emerges from his simplicity. This is an element that I knew I wanted to incorporate into a composition and in fact did. Since the piece is written to express only the most basic elements, I am always fascinated by the interpretation that each musician brings. My interpretation always comes from those memories shared with a truly influential and loving soul.
The bigger picture and maybe the bigger question is where did the influence come from on a personal level. I will tell you. When I was younger I remember sitting outside with my grandma and looking up at the night sky. I remember being afraid and also being mesmerized by the vastness of space. We would sit outside and talk as we swung on a porch swing. In 2000, my grandma passed away close to my birthday. She was only 59. As I was writing the song I remembered those times that we shared and every time I perform the song I feel as though I am re-creating the memory and bringing it to the present day.
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