Serena’s Song — Hope in the Dark

Finally, Side A of Electric Rain wraps up with Serena's Song. Above all, it's a short ode to those who suffer from depression. Cries dissolve in the ring of gentle bells. There is both pain and joy in the piece. Also, hope in the music as well as melancholy. The slow pace reflects the sluggishness common in a depressive episode. I could say more about the piece. But there's nothing quite like listening to the music.

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The Making of Serena's Song

I composed this track over the course of an afternoon and evening. That is to say that I improvised and recorded a series of tracks in the course of a day. The mixdown came later.

Firstly, I specifically wanted to work with bells and choir ahs. The lazy drumbeats came at the end of the process. Secondly, I wanted to create a wistful, yearning mood. I really enjoyed improvising over the strains of the ahs. The real challenge came during the recording and mixdown process. I had to record several passes to get the mix right. This is actually fairly common.

Serena's Song was improvised on a Synthesizer

One Man's Take on Depression

I have been in dark places. But I have also seen the light. Each day challenges me to stay positive and to not dwell on things out of my control. I have a solution for depression. But I can only say that it works for me.

  1. I have goals and I work towards those goals every day.
  2. Then there are my passions such as art, writing, and music. I try to engage in these passions every day.
  3. I measure every step of progress towards my goals.
  4. And I take great pleasure in accomplishing those goals, whether they are short-term or long-term goals. Accomplishment is the key for me.
  5. I don't let setbacks get me down. I look for other options.

In conclusion, I'm grateful for everything I have, for the opportunities I've been given and the ability to work towards my dreams. Art is my medicine. It's what keeps me sane. This song is an example of the above.

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