Preservation: Part 3

Writing melodies is hard. I hate mine, especially after hearing them 100 times in a DAW. Every once in awhile, there’s one that feels good. This one has a spark in it somewhere.

Technically, I guess the piano part is an ostinato and the viola the melody, but I intend to simplify both (after needlessly over-complicating it first) later in the EP.

Some new goals I’ve established for the EP:

  • Needs to be lean, tight and minimal. Every. Single. Instrument. Note. Should be justified.
  • “Because it sounds cool” is not going to fly this time around. It has to feel relevant.

I recently watched The Pacific from start to finish. It’s an amazing series. I came away with it feeling this urge to do my part somehow (however minuscule) to preserve important ideas of the past. Ideas that sometimes get blindsided by new trends and progress. Ideas that come up in discussions like this one on VI.

Both the Band of Brothers and The Pacific soundtracks seem to easily translate to piano. They’re very straight-forward. Very American. And there’s something genuinely fascinating (to me) about how magical they sound. They feel reserved, yet powerful. Minimal, but cast-iron. How the hell do you do that?

And more importantly for me, how do you preserve that. I’m beginning to see a pattern in my work. Preservation. My last EP, Geo, was about climate change. The singles before and after were about sustainability (and inaction). I must be afraid of losing something…I’ll leave the rest for a shrink to unpack : )

Anyway, I’m trying to figure out how the hell to do that. I hear Aaron Copland’s What To Listen For in Music is good. I think I’ll start there and report back. Here's another test melody:

Kyle Preston