Mood Swings

Mood Swings – a beautifully moody musical suite

Moods come and go. So does music.

Introspective Mood

oboe - woodwind instrument moods

Thanks for taking the time to listen to my new musical suite. This collection of seven instrumentals is based on moods. Yes, they come and go. They are here and gone. And just like that, so is music.

The first track is “Introspective”. Here’s a mood swing for sure. Hang in there if you haven’t had a moment to recover from being internal…

Whimsy

I have been a long-time fan of Charles Ives. He orchestrated such fun and insightful pieces as “The Circus Band”. That’s what I was thinking of when I composed “Whimsy (from Mood Swings Suite)”. Such a wonderful inspiration.

This is the full orchestra: percussion (including tuned mallets like glockenspiel and tubular bells), woodwinds from oboe to bassoon, strings, and brass (trumpet, trombone, tuba, and more).

Pensive and Nostalgic

Orchestral strings ensemble moods

Here’s a lovely chamber string ensemble performing “Pensive”. Talk about moods and moody sounds.

“Nostalgic” highlights percussion. Notable among these are the tuned mallets like crotales. This is such a fun romp!

Attracted and Sadness

These next two tracks are deep and wide. Plus, they are moody indeed.

Throughout my life, I have had a multitude of attractions. “Attracted” starts and ends with the human voice. Our voices are so personal. Each one is unique and attractive in its own way.

I doubt that anyone reading this has trouble relating with the mood of sadness.

Passionate and Mood Swings

Brass instruments

The final track is “Passionate”. Passion is also a very personal and sometimes vulnerable mood.

The point here is that we shift emotionally on such a frequent and consistent basis. “Mood Swings Suite” is just one way that I can give attention to all the beauty that we human beings can find in feelings.

Thanks for listening!

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