This is a quote from the book “Listening to your Life” p.52 (excerpts from Frederick Buechner):
“Unlike painters, who work with space, musicians work with time, with note following note as second follows second. Listen! says Vivaldi, Brahms, Stravinsky. Listen to this time that I have framed between the first note and the last and to these sounds in time. Listen to how the silence is broken into uneven lengths between the sounds, and to the silences themselves. The sounds of the earth are like music, and the sound of music are also like the sounds of the earth, which is of course where music comes from. Listen to the voices outside the window, the rumble of the furnace, the creak of your chair, the water running in the kitchen sink. Learn to listen to the music of your own lengths of time, your own silences.
Literature, painting, music – the most basic lesson that all art teaches us is to stop, look, and listen to life on this planet, including our own lives, as a vastly richer, deeper, more mysterious business than most of the time it ever occurs to us to suspect…In a world that for the most part steers clear of the whole idea of holiness, art is one of the few places left where we can speak to each other of holy things.”
I love this site! Is there any place to go to hear the music that is featured or posted?
The posts with photos have small “soundfile” text links below the photos to take you to the sounds on the 2013 pieces. The name text links provide the sheet music itself for those who play (I hope to have more compositions later in 2014).
For the many pieces written in earlier years, look for Leslie’s Archive in the right side bar. That link will take you to a page of accumulated material. It has each year’s annual “theme” going backwards into the late 90’s…and each theme has a little icon that looks like a music book with a butterfly on it. Follow those links and you will find pages much like this site, with access to sound files, sheet music, and various comments on the music.
I’m sorry this is so indirect and I’m not happy with the whole blog method to convey this but I thought I’d get “updated” last year and it hasn’t really been that helpful a front window after all. There is much behind it but the former website was also hard to penetrate because I’m not showcasing a single product and I wrote across so much time that the output gradually turned into an archive.
As a do-it-yourself person with no desire to make a profit (something the internet was supposed to be for originally) I’m actually at a disadvantage although there is far more material here than any commercial site, if you dig for it…. and I hope that helps.
Thank you very much for your kind reply. I admire your output and your talent. I’ve been able to access a few of your pieces with their .mp3s. They are quite lovely, and although most are a little advanced for me, I hope to be able to stretch my skills by learning a couple of them. 🙂 We’ll see. Thank you again —
If you want to just look at sheet music for how rough or appealing it looks on paper, you could just go to the “Shortcut to New Age titles” link on right side bar, which is a direct link to pdf’s, but you won’t hear the sounds that way (where I produced sounds). That list does show year written at each title though, and you might want to start with the earlier years. I think Return to Sarah, Hidden Moon, Quiet Pond, Taken Away, This December and others might be less complex than later ones. Thanks for your interest and regards, Leslie
Thank you very much again. I hope to be able to do justice to at least a couple of your compositions. 🙂
They have sound files at the word “soundfile” with each photo.