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Water, Wind, & Stone

by Louis Valentine Johnson

This album comprises my compositions which portray the wide path of our human journey.
Genre: Classical: Contemporary
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Hope
1:21 $0.99
2. Wish
1:47 $0.99
3. Desire
2:00 $0.99
4. If Only... Haiku I
3:35 $0.99
5. Water, Wind, & Stone Haiku II
5:12 $0.99
6. Soldier in Paradise
6:35 $0.99
7. Dark Honey
4:37 $0.99
8. The Ferris Wheel
5:11 $0.99
9. Reflections 911
3:13 $0.99
10. Toccata
1:35 $0.99
11. Evocation
2:37 $0.99
12. Fandango
4:07 $0.99
13. Monkey Mind
2:48 $0.99
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Album Notes
This album begins with my composition titled:

Three Perilous Thoughts: Hope, Wish, and Desire.
These compositions are about three human thoughts and the works are dedicated to our well known and talented Cuban Maestro Leo Brouwer. They are a small thank you to him and to Cuba for his beautiful works and creativity, mated to the freedoms and passions of musical art. He is an inspiration to the world of music and especially to us guitarists.

Two Haikus:
If Only……and the title piece Water, Wind, & Stone, are about the subjects of nature, finality, and the short lives we have together here on this earth.
Haiku I - If Only…….
"love in a mem'ry
will caress the sharp-edged pain.
...only, if only."
Haiku II - Water, Wind, & Stone
"a strong wind rushes
to stone mountains, cliffs, deserts
again and again"

Three Pastorales:
The First Pastorale, Soldier in Paradise, illustrates the perpetuity and human difficulties of war. I have incorporated the famous Taps melody as a salute. There is also a very complicated and to the point video of this composition on the Louis Valentine Johnson YouTube channel. As a musician and experienced infantryman in the 101st Airborne in Vietnam, I have to say the video is for mature audiences. The realism is of war. Rest in Peace. You are never forgotten.
Dark Honey and The Ferris Wheel comprise Pastorales Two and Three. These are the joys of life. Hearing the voice of a loved one or perhaps riding on a Ferris Wheel at the carnival in our little towns with our families.

Reflections 911 - Is a short solo guitar arrangement of my much larger, and longer September Eleventh which I wrote in 2001. It is dedicated to our country and the millions of people who suffered, especially those who lost loved ones in one of the most shocking events in the history of the United States.

Toccata, Evocation & Fandango - Written for me by the distinguished musicologist, university professor, and composer
Dr. Mark A. Radice who said:
"I wrote this piece specifically for Lou Johnson after he mentioned to me, in the fall of 1997, the idea of a recording featuring
contemporary music for the guitar. I was at once intrigued by the opportunity to write a piece for such a fine performing artist and, at the same time, keenly aware of the fact that I knew nothing about the guitar. Like Falla, I made the rounds of many guitar methods, and I isolated a number of special techniques that appealed to me and that I thought would be useful in writing this composition. Knowing Lou Johnson’s fascination with Baroque music (see Guitarra Clasica II-Dos Almas Music 1996),
I decided to write a synthetic piece: Its three-movement plan derives from the Baroque concerto in the tempo sequence fast-slow-fast. Likewise, the opening Toccata, written in an improvisational manner in order to give the guitarist freedom of tempo, rhythm, and expression, is clearly indebted to early eighteenth-century models—despite some sonorities that would have horrified Baroque ears. Like its baroque ancestors, my Toccata takes quite a few unexpected turns. It differs from them though, in that it is thematically linked with the following two movements. Indeed, the harmonics that appear in the Toccata provide
the basis of the Evocation and play an important role at the denouement of the Fandango. The Evocation is a heart-rending elegy in memory of a young life taken by a Colorado blizzard. A boy had gone sledding, become lost, and by the time he was found and taken to the hospital, it was too late. The twofold tragedy—that for the boy himself and that of his family and loved ones—is represented in the formal design and musical structure of the Evocation. The transition from the Evocation to the Fandango takes place as though in a daze. Once the Fandango is in progress though, it is rhythmically assertive and clearly focused in the key of E. Twenty-first century cathedral bells ring out colors of life’s optimism in the face of despair. The piece combines a technical and musical tour de force for the guitarist, who must perform harmonics, tambouras, portamentos, stringbends,tremolos, rasqueados of various types, as well as pizzicato and finger brushing. Chromatic chordal and melodic alterations abound in a weaving of five measure phrases encompassing Moorish and traditional Western European musical elements. The augmented second is used as a motif throughout the movement. Elements of both the Toccata and of the
Evocation appear again in the Fandango, which in an unbridled surge of energy, rushes to its triumphant conclusion.”

Monkey Mind - I wrote this composition to help those of us who need to solve the nighttime "Monkey Mind" problem. It is a situation of thinking too much about everything. When we lie down to sleep at night-we cannot sleep because.all the thoughts in our mind are jumping as monkeys from branch to branch! There is also an arrangement of this work in a video on the Louis Valentine Johnson You Tube Channel. It is arranged and performed for guitar, violin, and percussion.

Many of these compositions have accompanying videos on my website and on YouTube.

Sheet music notation editions are also available and published by Dos Almas Music.



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