NEW CANYONS – Piano and Guitar Improvisation |

New Canyons

In one or two of my previous posts, I’ve compared the emotional experience to a river which cuts canyons in the topography of our future experience of being, in such a way that our sense of self is “pre-paved,” if you will, by our present emotional experience.


"Rock Formation," by Jean Beaufort. Canyons form as rivers cut through the topography.
“Rock Formation,” by Jean Beaufort.

Another way of putting this is: what you feel today is who you become tomorrow. So if you don’t like who you are, you can take control of that choosing to change your emotional experience. When you do this, the “river” that is your emotional self, begins to cut “new canyons” in your a-priori bound experiential future. So if you don’t like who you are, then it is incumbent upon you to cut new canyons for yourself by changing the way you feel. This starts with a conscious choice. Then, it proceeds with changing your surroundings, as you can, in order to give you the stimuli you need to be happier. Then, you start to realize that you have the power to be happy, more or less regardless of what stimuli are presented. When that happens, you become a deep, powerful, effective human being.


Some Notes on this Piece

“New Canyons” shows the process of getting from a place of worry and pain to a place where you are in touch with your personal power, and are able experience confidence and happiness. It opens in g# minor, which, to my ear, is the most unsure, worry-filled key, and features, close, restricted minor thirds, further underscoring the anxiety of the experience. As it progresses, it slowly open up and moves past the sense of anxiety, to much more full, open chords in a major key, with parallel fifths and octaves, suggesting a calm, but powerful sense of self-confidence and personal power. As such, this shows the process of developing new canyons of future experience.

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