Euphoric Owls

Euphoric Owls CD

Habanera (solo piano)

(Timothy Reed)
October 20, 2010
Timothy Reed

Flying (piano with ethereal voices)

(Timothy Reed)
October 20, 2010
Timothy Reed

The Friendly Dragon (solo piano)

(Timothy Reed)
October 20, 2010
Timothy Reed

Azure Skies (piano with ethereal voice)

(Timothy Reed)
October 20, 2010
Timothy Reed

Gymnopedie #4 (solo piano)

(Timothy Reed)
October 20, 2010
Timothy Reed

I was playing through Erik Satie’s Trois Gymnopedies, and started improvising in the slow, doleful, 3/4 feeling of these pieces, and extended his chord progressions a bit, and came up with a work that I hope is worthy of being the Gymnopedie #4!

Twilight (piano with ethereal voices)

(Timothy Reed)
October 20, 2010
Timothy Reed

Euphoric Owls (solo piano)

(Timothy Reed)
October 20, 2010
Timothy Reed

Wonderful coincidences involving owls kept occurring with a good friend and myself. We both would see owls on the same day, and later talk about it via phone, because we lived in different towns. This kept happening, and I began a piano piece inspired by these owl coincidences.

One day I played her the opening measures over the phone, and she joked that the music sounded like the owls were euphoric. Somehow this comment resonated with me even though one doesn’t usually think of owls as being euphoric, and even though the opening bars are in D minor and rather somber. I worked on this piece intermittently for about two years, and, finally, one night around midnight, I finished it, and I left an excited voicemail on her cell.

The next time we talked she said earlier in the day on the night I called her, she was driving down a country road in the woods, with her son and daughter in the car, and a white owl flew through the air and landed on the road in front of them, so that they had to stop the car. They all sat in awe and watched the white owl for several minutes until it flew on into the forest.

Reluctant Farewell (solo piano)

(Timothy Reed)
October 20, 2010
Timothy Reed

Joyous Exaltation Reprise (piano with ethereal voices)

(Timothy Reed)
October 20, 2010
Timothy Reed

Awakening (piano with ethereal voices)

(Timothy Reed)
October 20, 2010
Timothy Reed

Cameraderie (solo piano)

(Timothy Reed)
October 20, 2010
Timothy Reed

The Arrival (solo piano)

(Timothy Reed)
October 20, 2010
Timothy Reed

Waltz in F# Minor (solo piano)

(Timothy Reed)
October 20, 2010
Timothy Reed

Divine Surprise (piano with ethereal voice)

(Timothy Reed)
October 20, 2010
Timothy Reed

Orchards In The Mist (solo piano)

(Timothy Reed)
October 20, 2010
Timothy Reed

Solace (piano with ethereal voices)

(Timothy Reed)
October 20, 2010
Timothy Reed

Introduction and Joyous Exaltation (piano with ethereal voices)

(Timothy Reed)
October 20, 2010
Timothy Reed

Thankful (solo piano)

(Timothy Reed)
October 20, 2010
Timothy Reed