I love making beautiful things, and I love making things beautiful. Nothing else brings me more joy.
But what is “beauty?” Surely it is not a coincidence that all human languages have a word for beauty. If we all have a word for beauty, then beauty must exist apart from us—like oceans, deserts, space, and time. Even if we can’t explain it, it is there, so we need a word for it.
My earliest memory, from when I was only three years old, is of an encounter with beauty. In this memory, I am in a church. The visual details are a blur, but what is clear is the sound of the organ and choir, swirling around me and transporting me to another realm. Soon afterward I began writing music, trying to feel again what I had felt in that church. Maybe this is what I’ve been doing my whole life. Sometimes it doesn’t feel like I’m creating music, but that I’m discovering it.
My greatest hope for this music is that you will find it beautiful.
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I am working on a book of sheet music for the whole Surprised By Beauty album. Click
here to download a PDF file of the sheet music for “Snowfall.”