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Beauty Among The Debris

by Steve Towson

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An instrumental tune part of a larger suite "the Sacrifice For Sugar (Terra Del Zur)"

While learning to play basic piano I wrote this tune to capture the feeling of how after a massive catastrophic event there is always something hidden that is beautiful or inspires hope for the future. Originally my thoughts were of natural disasters cyclones, bush fires etc, however, when playing it for the first time to my late grandfather, without telling him the meaning, he watery eyed said to me "it reminds me of London during the WW2 air raids, among the rubble a weedy flowering plant would grow called "London Pride". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saxifraga_%C3%97_urbium

Although my grandfather had a different interpretation to the tune, both interpretations shared the idea that regardless of the horrors that may occur, there is always something beautiful out there, always.

A one take demo recording. recorded on a samsung phone on some recording program. Photo by Ness Glenn

The full release to be recorded with accompaniment in the next short while.


Not lyrics as such but a poem for the listener to read and ponder

Weed-like flowers blossom among debris of despair
Fragile smiles on infant features reassures
Reinforcing the heart


released December 18, 2020
copyright Steve Towson 2020
piano Steve Towson


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