I guess all my original songs are going to start with solo piano playing Bb in octaves, huh? Well, we’re keeping the Flow going by moving Forward with a new original song! (Also, it's my first 4k video, woohoo!) "Flow" - an original jazz fusion composition by insaneintherainmusic (Carlos Eiene).
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Yep! I wrote another original tune! After being completely blown away by the positive responses to Forward, I decided to try my hand at writing another original tune, so here’s “Flow!” Like Forward, this song was very very deliberately constructed and put together, and I’ll be detailing that in this description!
First off, why the title? Given the name of my channel, your first inclination might be to associate it with rain in some way, but it actually has nothing to do with that really! During the process of brainstorming some concepts, I decided to turn to things in life that I believe are really important. For me, one of these is the state of being called Flow coined by psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. It’s that state that you get into when you’re working on something and time seems to fly by. I think that it’s when we’re in states like these in our lives that we’re able to do our best work, and it’s something I strive for when I’m working on important projects!
The structure of this song loosely mirrors an ideal day! The calm beginning of the song is the representation of waking up in the morning to the sunrise, and beginning the day fairly peacefully. I usually go for a short run in the morning right after I get up, so the little snare drum bits at the very beginning are intended to be a representation of that! Following this, right about 0:28 is when I jump in the shower! To me, the melody that plays here sounds like something that you’d hear while being submerged in a pool of water. While taking a shower isn’t exactly being submerged completely, I thought it was pretty close. The flute / high string descending C minor pentatonic line really capture the feeling of falling water from the shower head!
From here, 0:59 introduces the central Flow motif that is used throughout much of the rest of the piece. It’s in 4/4, but doesn’t clearly delineate the 4/4 beat. This section is a slow build until 1:38, where the Flow state begins. It’s a mental state that’s totally free of distraction and is just enjoying being in the moment working on the task at hand, truly one of the best ways to live! 2:17 presents the “shower theme” from 0:28 once again, but in a different key. To me this resembles how sometimes the best ideas come to us when we let the unconscious mind take over, which often happens in the shower! 2:48 returns to the Flow motif for some more awesome focus time!
3:28 is a really interesting section in this piece. The Bb octaves played by the piano have been constant throughout the entire piece (though they’re not always Bb’s - sometimes they are B’s as well) represent the heartbeat and mind of a person that’s always with them as they move through the day. These octaves are played in this section at the same tempo as the previous 3.5 minutes of the song, while a saxophone quintet plays a chorale that is totally out of time and separate from these Bb’s. This is that post-lunch period of the day where you’re often lethargic and have a need to take a break. Whenever I can during this period, I like to go for walk or just take a video game break!
Following this free section, 4:15 brings us back to the Flow motif as the day progresses on, and another build begins. This build eventually leads to a modulation to F Major at 4:54. F major is really a sunset-y kind of key, isn’t it? You think so too? Good, that’s exactly what I was going for! The sax solo at 5:16 represents the coming of the evening, where all the fun and partying begins! After a good day of work, you can have time to just hang out with others and be yourself. By the time 5:59 rolls around, the party’s over, and you’re getting ready to head to sleep. You might think back on your day a bit as you wind down. The song ends with the constant piano pulses throughout the song finally slowing down and eventually ending on a final pulse.
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“Flow" composed by Carlos Eiene