“But if you look at the contour of this melody, it’s in line with the contour of the shapes of the mountains and the rock formations in and around Cap Rock. And so, there are 31 tones, all grouped as 5, 7, 5, 7 and 7. It’s written as a canon, or round, to create this harmonic realness that this piece moves through. There’s all kinds of magic that’s going on in this particular piece. But what’s also really cool is that there’s some parts of this that are forward. The melody is played forward and then backwards in A, in a retrograde. As a listener goes around the left side of the canyon first, they get one iteration of the melody. When they go around the other side, they get a different iteration. If they go around both sides, they get the same thing.”
Testify, Movement Four:
“So, yeah, I’ll testify. I would say this is specifically one of those that is influenced by the church. What have you bared witness to? Why do you keep getting up? Why do you keep going? What’s that motivation? What would happen in my church, is we would have this thing\called a Speak Meeting. In Speak Meeting, we gather and share our stories and bear witness to each other’s experiences. I bear witness to your testimony. And that shit is real! All of a sudden, the community is a little bit stronger. What you think you might be experiencing on your own, you realize somebody else is having the same issue, and this is how they got through it.
This gives us that ability to adapt, improvise, and overcome whatever it is that we might be trying to overcome.”
Listen, the Final Movement:
“You know, these days when I write music, I try to write about real stuff that’s going down and real experiences, as opposed to just how I’m feeling. There’s a great segue into Listen.
It doesn’t matter what we’re doing. If we’re not listening to ourselves, if we’re not listening to the Earth, if we’re not listening just in general, then none of the rest of this matters.
This is that moment of reflection, where you’re just silent, you’re quiet, and you receive what is perceived to be nothing but the simple sounds around you.”