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Tags : | Classical | 3.07 MB

Description : A few days ago, my best friend's father died of a sudden heart attack, leaving behind both parents, three siblings, an ex wife, my friend, and three other sons, all younger. My friend wasn't particularly close with his father and isn't big on visiting his family. I wasn't sure if he'd want company, but I offered to go with him in case he thought it would help make things easier for him.

We left really early in the morning; I don't know if he slept the night before, but I definitely didn't. It took nearly four hours to get to get to where the service was. One of the deceased's brothers made the funeral home keep the viewing open until we got there so my friend could see his father one last time.

Viewings are normally pretty creepy, even more so when the deceased is still young. We walked through the empty room. He continued onward, while I sat in one of the chairs. As he neared the supine body his steps slowed.

A few seconds of eternity passed, each one feeling like hours. His head shifted almost imperceptibly, his shoulders rose slightly, and his hands seemed lost. Eventually, they settled somewhere near his waist, throwing the sides of his blazer outwards, obscuring my view of the open lid. Where his father's face once was, there was only a dark field of fabric. He stood, his sleeves shifting as his mind and his hands grasped for something. Abruptly, he spun on his heels and walked briskly away from the pedestal. In the time it took us to reach the back of the room, all evidence of the encounter had vanished from his face, except a redness in his eyes.

Start to finish, we weren't in that room for even 90 seconds, but I left feeling somehow much... older.

At the reception, my friend and his family did their best to ignore the inconsiderate "help" so many people seem to try to offer the bereaved. I sat down at a piano recently vacated by a classmate of one my friend's younger brothers. Trying my best to shake off the echoes of his incredibly loud, inexpertly played inappropriate Coldplay medley, I started playing.

This is my attempt at recreating what I played.

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  1. theassociation
    theassociation on Tue 20th Apr 2010 - 11 years ago

    superb, was reading your comment as it palyed, tore me up, great sounds, brilliant!

    Reply by JHolmes


  2. str8outdapot
    str8outdapot on Mon 5th Apr 2010 - 11 years ago

    word u are an animal on the piano dog im touch by this track dog get at me

    Reply by JHolmes

    Thanks man. I appreciate it.

  3. TheDonMusic
    TheDonMusic on Fri 6th Nov 2009 - 11 years ago

    wow i could feel all of the emotion behind this, you are a gifted piano player best of luck in everything

    Reply by JHolmes

    Thank you. I appreciate the comments.

  4. BrownJenkins
    BrownJenkins on Thu 5th Nov 2009 - 11 years ago

    Your tracks are so full of heart and soul,it always gives me gooseflesh.This one is just beautiful!
    French Kid

    Reply by JHolmes

    Thank you! I appreciate the comments. Sorry for taking awhile to respond; I hadn't noticed the review.

  5. Centrist
    Centrist on Wed 4th Nov 2009 - 11 years ago

    Favorited within the first minute.

    Deep, impacting song, loving it and hating it at the same time. Well done.

    Reply by JHolmes

    Wow, thank you. The first minute isn't even the best minute. My favorite part is where the left hand drops down an octave and the right hand starts banging back and forth, from low to high.

    I made sure the song is actually playable, although it does require some good pedal control; there are a few places where you have to use the spot sustain if you want it to ring the notes exactly the way it's "played." Sadly, I'm not sure if I'm skilled enough to play it.

  6. AcidParadox
    AcidParadox on Wed 4th Nov 2009 - 11 years ago

    wow...just wow, i can say this is one of my favorite tracks here on looperman, i think because it has that special feeling that drags me into the track, kinda has a sad mood but it's just great

    Great Track

    -Ruben- Acid Paradox

    This goes to "MAH" Favorites

    Reply by JHolmes

    Thank you.

    I'm still working on getting the timing fixed. I like to write both by placing notes with the mouse and playing in via MIDI, so things don't always line up nicely. Under the best circumstances, it's hard to nail emotional playing when composing like this, even harder with an input/output delay 'cause my computer sucks...

    Anyway, there should be a new version up soon that has a real ending attached to it, so check back on this eventually. Thanks for the fave.

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