This old piano composition began as an improvised invention that I played to a friend, Susan, onto her telephone answering machine. She has asked me to tell her about a journey I had just taken, but not to tell her in words. Rather to tell her my impressions and memories musically. So I phoned her up to do that, and got her answering machine. I just improvised on the piano how I was feeling about the trip. (In those days, I was playing in a band called Days Of Grace, which focused on freely improvising nearly all of our music. So, I was quite used to making things up on the spot with a piano keyboard).
She got the message later and was so enthusiastic about it, she called back and played it back to my answering machine, saying that I should listen to it and learn it, that it was an exquisite document of that journey and a nice song in its own right. So I learned it and eventually recorded it. Now here it is placed in a forest scene as if the piano was out in the forest being played.
The sounds of the birds are actually from recordings I made in December 2018, in South England at Amaravati Forest Monastery and Cittaviveka Forest Monastery.
(Photo Credit: G.O.: #1&2 Portal Arch to the Rupa Garden at Cittaviveka Monastery, England. #2 Forest Path from solo walk on a journey to Johnson's Landing Retreat Centre, Kootenay Lake, BC.)