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Alpine | G-Sharp Minor | Vol. I

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Volume I of the original music shared in the Fog Chaser newsletter (September 2021 - August 2022)
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Thank you for being here for the twelfth installment of the Fog Chaser newsletter, sending you a new original instrumental song every month.1

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🎵 This month’s piece is in G-sharp minor.2 This is another piano-based piece featuring some field recordings from a recent outing to the woods: you’ll hear some of the fire’s crackle, a little birdsong, and the collar of my dog Sam here and there.3

📷 I took this month’s photo with a DSLR in the Swiss Alps.4 This one was taken from a footpath perched high above the idyllic Lauterbrunnen Valley, just outside the alpine village of Gimmelwald.5

I invite you to sit with this song, photo, and poem and make them a small part of your day, whether that’s your morning ritual, afternoon break, or your evening wind-down.

As always, if you feel like it, let me know what you think in the comments, or share how/where/when you like to sit with these meditations. I’d love to hear from you.

Thank you again for being here.

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A Poem

The Lake Isle of Innisfree

by William Butler Yeats6

I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree,
And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made;
Nine bean-rows will I have there, a hive for the honey-bee,
And live alone in the bee-loud glade.

And I shall have some peace there, for peace comes dropping slow,
Dropping from the veils of the morning to where the cricket sings;
There midnight’s all a glimmer, and noon a purple glow,
And evening full of the linnet’s wings.

I will arise and go now, for always night and day
I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore;
While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements grey,
I hear it in the deep heart’s core.

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This marks the final issue of Volume I. Volume II — and the second year of this project — kicks off next month.

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Alpine in G-sharp minor / Recorded in Logic Pro / Written and recorded by Fog Chaser

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If you’re wondering whether or not there is any rationale to the order of these songs, I assure you there is. I’m following the well-traveled path of musicians before me who have written pieces in all 24 musical keys, making my way around “the circle of fifths” in music.

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Alpine / DSLR (ISO: 400 / Focal length: 18 mm / f/10 / Exposure time: 1/250s). Geotag: ‎⁨Grosser Aletschgletscher⁩, ⁨Gimmelwald⁩, ⁨Bern⁩, ⁨Switzerland⁩⁩. Edited with Lightroom. Order a print.

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The rumored inspiration for Tolkien’s Rivendell in The Lord of the Rings.

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From The Collected Poems of W. B. Yeats (1996) (Powells)