Thank you very much, that piece is very special to me. Did you get to see the photos that came in the digital download? I wrote it about ten years ago and it was always intended to be the soundtrack for a collection of photos. The story it tells is in three layers. The time of day, the time of year, and the time of life are all three playing out simultaneously. The time of day and time of year are visualized as directly proportional in the photos but the time of life is both cyclical and disjointed. It begins in Summer and returns to Summer. Life obviously doesn't play out like that and for the longest time I didn't understand why I had written it that way. I even tried to change it but it never sounded right.
I am getting married at the end of January and earlier this year my fiancee asked me if she could walk down the aisle to a moment of Seasons (you can see it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nv-J1...eature=related
) called "Death is Sleep," "The Bridge," and "Awake." All of a sudden I knew why the structure was the way it was. It was there to show me something about myself and this new season of life in marriage.
I wrote in a paper once that true art leads. The moments of art that I am most proud of creating are the ones that end up teaching me about myself long after they have been put up on the shelf. Art is capturing in sound, word, light, and time; the slow and painful process of human growth. Sometimes you don't even know what it means until years later.
Ultimately, Seasons is an experiment in a form of art called "mae" or multisensory aesthetic experience. All this means is that the story or the meaning that I am trying to capture and convey is spread out over several senses. No one piece of the puzzle holds the whole picture. You have to put the pieces together to see the picture. You have to hear, see, and think about what you just experienced. And in that thinking you wrestle with how it stands in contrast with your own experience and understanding of the world.
Hopefully it leaves you with the feeling that life is short and we need to make the most of it.