This is my entry for the first round of the 2012 Newgrounds Audio Death Match. I was originally planning on doing something completely different. High octane, driving, and completely in-your-face. For some reason though, this simplistic, beautiful melody and chord progression kept running through my mind. This morning, on the last day of the round, I decided to ditch the old idea and go with the flow of inspiration. Here is some background to this piece that started out as an improvisation.
My grandma passed away a little less than a month ago. In the weeks leading up to her death, it was terribly depressing to see her physical condition rapidly worsen. Yet the day she passed away, she looked so calm. The entire family was gathered around her room; dad was playing games on his cell-phone, the little kids were chasing one another around the room laughing, and the older siblings were casually conversing. It was a perfectly normal scene with my grandma surrounded by the ones she loved. She simply exhaled deeply and was gone.
I felt surprisingly at peace when she passed. It was as if everything was just how she wanted it in her last moments, and that reassured me. Her death got me thinking about how one women was able to create a legacy in the form of us kids. Who knows the things we'll do in our lives, the opportunities we'll seize, and the beautiful memories we'll create? She made that possible.
It made me think of the changing of the seasons. Like the sad days leading to my grandma's death, the cold of winter causes some things to whither and die. Yet it also paves way for spring and allows new life to flourish with its passing. I know my grandma is gone, but she allowed for me to be alive. Now it's my Spring.
It's bittersweet, the cycle of life and death. But it's a beautiful thing.
Note: Like much classical music, you might have to turn up the volume quite a bit. There's a lot of dynamic contrast in this piece and I had a hard time keeping the loud parts from clipping. That, and I'm still a newb when it comes to mastering.