The end of November generally signals the coming of what my dad used to call The Tunnel. Get up in the dark, go to work in the dark, it might be some light midday but it’s dark when you get out of work and dark coming home. This is what we have to look forward to for the next few months. This is the time of year to light candles, make soups and stews with hearty bread, cook those potatoes you grew over the summer, and generally keep warm. Oh, and sleep a lot.

One of the things about the Ephemera is I get to add a lot of different snippets of sound, I also make vignettes – little side stories in music – which helps make two hours pass by, I hope, pleasantly. The mood set by the weather and the time of year can have a large influence on what actually comes out of this effort, regardless of how I start it. So if you hear some happiness, it’s because this isn’t the worst time of year for me, but if you also hear what sounds like solitude, the end of November has traditionally been my time for reflection (long walks in the woods were a thing for me this time of year).

The collection of instruments both hardware and software being used in the production of an Ephemera keeps growing. I like to think that the variety of the vignettes is a good thing, but sometimes I can’t help tying a theme together through the whole show. It all depends on my mood. In short, I’m still not sure what I’ll play, but I am hoping to do a good job playing it.

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