For a long time now, maybe closer to thirty years, I have carried the Holocaust with me as an almost daily thought and awareness; ever since the day when my then piano teacher held a lecture for me and my schoolmates about how she just the other day had recovered many of the repressed memories of how she was sent to Auschwitz with her mother and sister, got led into the gas chamber, and actually got out again due to some miraculous malfunction in the normally industrial process of murdering people that the Nazis had constructed and administrated.
My piano teacher was a short woman, with a neat and rather small voice, but when she for the first time since it happened told us, about the arrest of her, her sister and her mother, how they were sent by train to southern Poland, the disapperance of her mother, the brief but scarringly terrifying moments in the gas chamber with her little sister, the emptying of the camp when the Red Army closed in on it, the death march they were led out, and abandoned on, the rescue by accidentally being found by a British patrol, her and her sister’s sickness from all their catastrophic privations, she filled the room with something larger than life and her voice riveted all of us – students and teachers alike – until she ended her story and we realised we had been sitting perfectly still several hours in complete silence, and shock. I will never forget that lecture.
It is absolutely imperative that we preserve the memory of what the Holocaust was, how it came to be, who constructed and pursued it, and lastly: what it is today, because we still live with its consequences and the vile heritage of the mindset that made it possible. This is why this date, the 27th of January, to me is a day of contemplation and sorrow. Other days may be dedicated to memories of all sorts of sad or happy events, but no other remembrance date is for remembering a crime in the scale of the Holocaust.
There are a few days left of this year’s December Sale; ending on the 31:st. Take the opportunity to buy great sounding, stimulating and fun to play charts at the discount of 30% on all compositions, and 25% on all arrangements!
I wish all you visiting here a Happy New Year! May 2022 be the year when we finally can break free from the clutches of the pandemic.
Between December 1:st and 31:st there will, as usual, be a sale. The discount is 30% on all compositions, and 25% on all arrangments.
Take the opportunity to buy great sounding, stimulating and exciting charts at lowered prices. Maybe as a Christmas gift, or to reinvigorate your band’s repertoire for the spring season.
Stay safe everybody! Lets hope that the pandemic is declining, despite these new mutated variants coming up.
Inspired by the writings and haikus of the seventeenth century Japanese poet Matsu Basho, I wrote a piece of lyrics for a female vocalist picking up on his themes and images, that now has been given musical fittings into a composition for Big Band. A text about the disapperance of life on Earth from environmental devastation and depletion from human activities, is in this piece given some touches of Japanese modes and scales in the accompanying music.
This new composition, titled “The Frog and the Banana Tree” , is now available in the shop.
I wish all of you visiting here a Corona-safe and an otherwise really nice autumn (or spring on the southern hemisphere)!
The Summer Sale ended with August but – at least here in Sweden – the summer did not. Though we’re soon into October, the weather is still warm and sunny and today I even saw bees buzzing around the still flowering plants in the garden. Weather-wise it feels more like late August, than late September.
As well as the bees, I have been busy too. Just the other day, I finished work on a new composition based on Japanese scales and modes, titled “The Frog and the Banana Tree”. It’s a vocal composition, for a female vocalist, and the lyrics is inspired by Matsu Basho‘s writings and haikus. Right now I’m editing the hand written draft score – seen here to the right – in Finale and when the score and the parts are finished this new chart will be published in the web shop.
Other than that, I hope that lifting of the restrictions in many countries will not lead to an increase in infection spreading again, so that societies all around the world slowly can go back to more normal conditions for everybody.
Still: Stay safe everybody, and be careful! This Corona virus seems to be able to spring nasty surprises on us, but I hope the pandemic really, really is subsiding now.
The summer of 2021 is, with this August, slowly coming to a closure; flowers wither, leaves on the trees start changing colours, birds migrate and animals and insects alike prepare for autumn and winter. We humans go back to work from vacations, and schools start – anew for some, premiering for others. For me, the atmosphere of August is an eager, busy and anticipating time, where expectations remain untried and hopes have the energy to be pursued.
August can also be a time of melancholy, when a sense of time lost and of a scheduled, regulated life limiting one’s ambitions, slowly seeps into consciousness. On the northern hemisphere we are undoubtedly heading for darker, colder and rainier times.
But there still is much summer-ish sunlight, many warm days, many green lawns and flowering plants left, and the water in the lakes and the sea can still for long be batheable in temperature. Like with the Vervain from our garden in the picture, the summer is still on, and with that the Summer Sale still has a few more weeks to remain open.
Until August 31:st there is the opportunity to buy great sounding, stimulating and unique Big Band charts at the discount of 30% on all compositions, and 25% on all arrangements. All to give your band a stimulating injection to the repertoire for the autumn rehearsals. If you want to know anything about a chart, or would like to see some passages not shown with the product, feel welcome to make contact at: contact(“at”)danieleng(“dot”)com
I wish all you visiting here, a really nice summer ending and to stay safe from the recent upsurge in the pandemic.
While this summer’s sowings grow and mature, like these sweet (and cute) tomatoes on my balcony in the picture, the Summer Sale of 2021 has one more month to go. Until August 31:st prices in the shop are reduced by 30% on all compositions and 25% on all arrangements.
Take the opportunity to buy stimulating and great sounding charts for your band at reduced prices, to get an energy injection to the repertoire and the musicians after the vacations.
I wish all of you visiting here a great summer, and to stay safe through what can come from this wretched pandemic – that still tries to hang on to us.
The 2021 Summer Sale is under way since the first of June. Since the circumstances, with the pandemic, are special, I’ve decided to stick with the larger discount that I introduced in 2020; the abatement is 30% on all compositions, and 25% on all arrangements.
Take the opportunity to buy exciting, challenging and fresh charts for your Big Band at lowered prices, and let’s all hope that come the autumn Big Band rehearsals can start again without any sneaky virus variant waiting for spreading – knock on wood.
Take care and stay safe everybody!
I have always had a liking for the Gershwin brother’s song “A Foggy Day”; something about the melody, the chords and the lyrics make me feel like it’s the perfect, light-hearted jazz standard. Now I have made an arrangement of this song, for Big Band and a male vocalist, that from today is available in the shop.
My version is a little uptempo, with the song alternating between a pedal ostinato and the regular chords, where I try to illustrate a drizzly, deep grey, murky and foggy London morning, which unexpectedly ends with the sun breaking through – maybe both literally and figuratively. This chart could work as a dance chart, and I hope others will find that I have made a stimulating and challenging arrangement.
There will also be a Summer Sale between the 1:st of June and 31:st of August. Because the pandemic has had such a devastating impact on the Big Band culture, I’ve decided to keep the greater discounts this year too. Prices will therefore be reduced by 30% on all compositions, and 25% on all arrangements. Take the opportunity to buy great sounding, fun and stimulating and unique charts at good prices!
Stay safe everybody! I hope we can put an end to the pandemic very soon.
This time of the year, with the deadline typically set in the first days of May, is the time for the annual Tax Review and self accounting of income and business outcome. Getting no exception, I have to review my firm’s financial statments of last year, close the books and account both my personal and business results. The verdict is clear: Last year was a disaster for my music business in terms of income and sales.
But I’m not brooding too much over this. Last year was productive from a writing viewpoint, and it’s been long since I had so much time to do focused and developing practising – though I long for playing live again.
I’m currently arranging the Gershwin brother’s “A Foggy Day” for Big Band and a male vocalist, and this far into the process I feel like it’s coming out to be a fun and interesting version of that song – I hope that others will see the same.
I wish all of you visiting here to stay unharmed from this blasted virus, and that we can come to terms with it and its consequences soon – very soon.