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Volume II
Meditation 020 | A Little Window
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Meditation 020 | A Little Window

C Minor | Vol. II, Issue 7
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🎵 This month’s piece is in C minor.1

My wife and I are fortunate to be expecting our first baby any day now (!), so I imagine the next few songs will take a similar form — simple-ish piano pieces — as we find our footing.

It’s been raining here for what feels like weeks, but today has broken clear and bright. We’ve been enjoying the soft quiet of spring moving in, slowly, hesitantly, blossoms cautiously opening. I’ve been absorbed in reading poetry — Billy Collins, Mary Oliver, Ada Limón, Tess Gallagher, Gregory Orr, William Stafford, Frank O’Hara — and listening to Miles Davis and Ahmad Jamal (RIP) on vinyl. In the afternoons I’ve been watching bald eagles soar above the river, sweeping for food, and just this morning I watched a blue heron fly by my window — a good omen if ever there was one.

For this little waltz, I got the main cascading little melody stuck in my head while I was working on it, and I kept coming back to it over and over again. Ultimately, I ended up playing it throughout the piece, creating a sort of echo effect.2 The field recordings you hear are from a recent trip to the wilds of central Oregon where we spent a couple of nights among the trees, creeks, and, of course, rain.

📷 I took this month’s photo on film in Mt. Hood National Forest in Oregon.3

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A Poem

by Gregory Orr4

Knowing life grinds us,
And dust
Is what we’ll become.

Sensing, likewise,
That the moral
Of our story
Has to do
With being mortal.

Yet love grounds us.

And the beloved
Grows in us:
We are her slow cocoon.

And the poem is a door;
The song, a little window.

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A Little Window in C minor / Written and produced by Fog Chaser / Recorded in Logic Pro

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Nothing too much of note theory-wise with this piece. Being in the minor key, I do borrow the V7 from the key of C major, which has an B-natural instead of a B-flat, to create a little extra pull to the I (C). But otherwise, it’s a pretty straightforward piece. Questions? Corrections? Lemme know.

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A Little Window / 35mm film (Fujifilm Superia / ISO 400) / Mt. Hood National Forest, Oregon, USA / Order a print.

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From “Four Poems”, first published in Image (Iss. 66)

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