Symphony No. 7
My View From Here
Track 01: My Neighbor, A Character Study
Colorful, fun-loving and hard-working my neighbor was both a gifted ballroom dancer and a dairy farmer for whom success was dependent on dogged determination. In his younger days he would drive “over the hill” to Coconut Grove, a dancehall where old and young alike would gather to mix music and motion.
Rhythm was in his bones. As an adult he frequented weekend dances and loved to gather with family and friends to sing songs around the piano.
After serving in World War II he operated a dairy farm in a mountain valley with short summers and long winters, which he regularly referred to as “this godforsaken place.” With insolvency as an ongoing threat, dairy cows were an economic necessity. The never-ending, year-after-year cow-milker’s routine, however, would threaten anyone’s sanity.
Although a devout religious believer, his speech was peppered with barnyard profanity, and he sometimes skipped Sunday services, to bail hay on the Sabbath day.
The only way he could retire was to sell the farm, but farming was his way of life. He persevered in the profession into his advanced years, and had it not been for the intervention of mortality, would have stayed on indefinitely!
Procession of the Past
People we once knew...they're coming again
We are unforgettable!
(...and as irretrievable as we are irreplaceable.)
Thor Call - Producer, Engineer
Hannah Kwong (soloist)
Parker Gardner (soloist)
Emily Brown (soloist)
Hanna Brown (soloist)
Flute & Piccolo - Jeannine Goeckeritz
Oboe - Justin Torres
Clarinet - Daron Bradford
Bassoon - Brian Hicks
French Horn - Brian Blanchard
Trumpet - Shane Turner
Trombone - Alexis Smerdon
Bass Trombone - Zachary Crawford
Tuba - Mike McCawley
Percussion recorded at Funk Studios by Stoker White.
Piano recorded at June Audio.