‘Untouchable beauty’ piano improvisation on Pianoteq’s Steingraeber Intimate

My ‘Untouchable Beauty’ piano improvisation on Pianoteq’s Steingraeber Intimate. Nature is bigger than human beings. We arrogantly try to capture and control everything. Like trying to catch a butterfly, our exploits can easily cause harm or destruction. Some things are better left alone, in their natural state, untouchably beautiful!

Defiant joy! Piano improvisation

This piece of improvising is exploring the rebellious feelings I have about success, achievement and other things the ego thinks it needs to be happy. The music itself is enough!

The optimistic sound of the mixolydian mode of G

When I improvise in the mixolydian mode of G, I find it creates a feeling of no-nonsense optimism and groundedness that I really like to plug into, particularly during such uncertain times.

My E-flat minor Nocturne ‘Follow Me Into The Night’

In this video I play my E-flat minor Nocturne ‘Follow Me Into The Night’ from my album ‘Nocturnes’. Composed whilst practising Chopin Nocturnes, this takes some of Chopin’s ideas of ornate, Italianate melody and harmonic underlying accompaniment. Full of pathos, melancholy and longing, with a religioso middle section, it is a song of unrequited love.

For the full album go to http://spoti.fi/38ubqoW on Spotify and http://apple.co/3rgxc8t on Apple Music.

Is there a formula for a festive hit melody?

Is it even the melody that makes the hit? Is there a set of steps that composers and songwriters follow in order to write a tune that will bring in the royalties, every December, like clockwork?