A Simple Solace
How do you title an instrumental?
Dudley, my 13-year old Golden Retriever was in his last days, at the same time as I was very ill. So I dragged his bed over next to the couch. We were miserable together, but at least we were together. I had just completed this piece, and was playing it over and over to perfect it. I noticed that Dudley seemed more comfortable while I was playing it. So I played it more.
On the day we said goodbye, I returned home, and began playing the piece again. I found it eased my heartache - a little. I thought of the old Scott Joplin song, A Solace, and decided to borrow the title. On my first album, I had an instrumental called "A Simple Embrace", so I decided to use the "Simple" theme on this and future albums, I hope.
So this is "A Simple Solace". For my Dudley.