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The Grey

by Stephen Melillo

"The GREY" is a reflective collection of small, intimate works for Piano and/or small orchestra.
Genre: New Age: Solo Instrumental
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Empty Stocking
2:40 $0.99
2. Colombia Corazón
4:16 $0.99
3. Unspoken Prayer
4:27 $0.99
4. Supplications
3:56 $0.99
5. Old Super 8s
2:14 $0.99
6. For a Quiet Purpose
3:15 $0.99
7. I Too Was Simeon (feat. Zsuzsanna Emödi)
4:16 $0.99
8. Longing
3:33 $0.99
9. If I Sleep I Will Dream of You
3:39 $0.99
10. Absence
2:28 $0.99
11. Resonance of Our Ancestors (feat. Zsuzsanna Emödi)
4:19 $0.99
12. The Lost Music
5:20 $0.99
13. Seele Im Spiegel
2:56 $0.99
14. A Man Without Fear
2:22 $0.99
15. In a Small Window
2:36 $0.99
16. Where Beauty Has No Chance
2:51 $0.99
17. While Looking for Something Else
4:23 $0.99
18. Seeing in the Darkness
2:32 $0.99
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Album Notes
Download a Digital Libretto for The Grey, with photos and more here: http://stormworld.com/digital_libretti/
Then scroll to “The Grey”

The Lost Music…
for Catherine & all the Children Lost…
#1183, Musical Haiku #75 in 5:23 for Soliloquy Piano

26 September 2018, The Greatest Challenge…

Curt and I lived the Story, then and now. We’ve written the Music, played it, recorded it, and now we’re left with the thing most often erased in our instant download/streaming world. It is this text, this written expression in liner notes you may or may not even know exists.

Ironically, to share this Story at the level of Music is the most difficult part of the task, a process that has been in sleepless evolution since a typical sunrise walk to the water.

There is the “thorough” method, which would pull the Reader into the actual correspondences, and then, there is the compressed, which I’ve chosen. I shall do my best to keep the following accounting of the Miracle brief.

We begin with this photo taken at the “sunrise” on 23 September 2018.

I sent the photo in an email to Curt and a few others with this text:

“Behind that thin subjective veil of grey clouds the Sun still rises, the Universe sings out with uncountable Stars and Worlds... and even now, the Wind grazes the water and Seagulls carry on... greyless... a reminder to remain steadfast beyond the eyes.  Never be deceived by The Grey.  God is always…”

Why was I calling the clouds, “The Grey?” The night before, we had watched The Grey, starring Liam Neeson. The man should have won FIVE Oscars for his brilliant acting. The Story offered a timely metaphor about looking up and deciding, through great struggle and strife, “Is God really there?”

Curt wrote back. “THIS photograph should be the cover of an album you call “The Grey”. Dude... all the piano pieces you write?   (‘For a Quiet Purpose’, etc.) This album should contain all those pieces.”

As I was responding, Curt’s wife, Eileen, whose family owned The Rose, a ship unknowingly, but fascinatingly mentioned in Ahab, a Love Story, was admitted to the hospital! Prayers were in order. My younger Brother had recently been to the hospital with the same symptoms. The good news was that both my Brother and Eileen were okay.

I wrote to Curt. “Love & Prayers, to Our Lady of The Rose…”

Then this primer photo/CD Cover Art was made and sent to Curt. It now had a double message.

Curt mentioned the piece, For a Quiet Purpose. Without delay, I went to find my handwritten score for the piece. With all the many pieces on hard drives and back-ups, the notation for the piece, For a Quiet Purpose was nowhere to be found. It was far more than a Mystery! Because I am usually organized to the point of obsessed, the fact that we, yes both of us scouring our computers and back-ups, couldn’t find that ONE piece, was bizarre!

All sorts of search criteria were tried. Specifically, we used the date 8 June 2013. The date inference was found in emails Curt and I were rediscovering. Eventually, we found a stream of emails mentioning the work, and because of the specifics of the dates found in surrounding emails, we also discovered that the unnamed “cue” was written as underscore for a scene from “Son of the Storm.”

Apparently, back in the 2013 reboot of Son of the Storm, Curt had heard the improvised cue and liked it so much that he requested it as a separate piece.

But the emails revealed more. The reason Curt had requested that Music was attached to the Sandy Hook Shooting. Curt and Eileen’s 2 children were in the building when all of that happened. You can imagine the level of distress!

(Curt and I eventually wrote the piece “Courageous” together, another SYNC, another large and therapeutic Story connected to more emails we had found, specifically, where the representative of a Hollywood composer was lying for weeks to Curt about getting his piece recorded.)

Our date search resulted in the following email. It was sent yesterday, 25 September 2018, the official release date for the Christmas Passion Album.

“Curt, Check this out:

‘For a Quiet Purpose’ was UNDERSCORE inside of SOTS. (Son of the Storm) And… I “improvised” it!  There WAS no notation! We have options.

1.  We could lay that track into THE GREY ... as is.

2.  We can reopen SOTS when you are here and locate it and re-record it.

3.  I can attempt to have DP (Digital Performer) produce the notation I improvised!  But WARNING, I am just playing… no clock.
4.  I can write you something new… simple.  Emotional.  Ready for the Title?  “The Lost Music…”

Please advise!

The Lost Music, title came from the simple, apparently God-led fact that we had both lost a piece of Music!

We laughed about that. The SYNC with the photograph from yesterday and the new CD Cover and all that had happened to require our Faith and Prayers for Eileen, my Brother, the Chapter 55 Album release, remembering the kids and parents from Sandy Hook, and much more, was in full regalia. In everything, we felt God’s presence.

Curt wrote back…

“Interesting that “For a Quiet Purpose” (a piece written for Catherine) lives INSIDE Son of the Storm.   So my gut says it should be on this album.  Without question.  And... it should be as is.

You should also write The Lost Music!”

I wrote back. “Wait. Curt. Was that the complete Title I had sent you? A piece written for Catherine?”

Curt wrote back.

“DUDE... First... sit down. Now... I’m not sure if you intentionally did this OR if this is God. Catherine’s Birthday?…

June 8th.

“ ‘For a Quiet Purpose,’ #1065 in 3:16, Musical Haiku #48 - Composed on 6/8/2013.” 

The combination of chills and tears that flooded my body, and I’m sure poured through Curt’s as well, was overwhelming. That same ‘up-pour’ of the Eternal happens even now as I recall the Story for you. I saw Catherine’s young face. I poured out tears for her parents, but at the same Time, felt her smiling… through the veil, through … The Grey.

Could it be, dear friends, that the one piece, For a Quiet Purpose was LOST on Purpose? Not only “lost” so as to inspire another piece, but then, in its new finding, to eventually discover a harrowing SYNChronicity of dates spanning 6 years?

Was EVERYTHING from that first early morning photograph on the 24th to today’s writing of these notes at 10:33 AM on the 8th of June 2019, a “set-up”?

Were we supposed to experience all of this, in the blur of no sleep and Timelessness and Prayer, for the sake of Catherine and all the Children LOST to such horrifying injustice?

Do they send us smiles from behind the veil of The Grey?


We leave that to you.

Remember how this CD began. It was a cloudy morning.

“Behind that thin subjective veil of grey clouds the Sun still rises, the Universe sings out with uncountable Stars and Worlds... and even now, the Wind grazes the water and Seagulls carry on... greyless... a reminder to remain steadfast beyond the eyes.  Never be deceived by The Grey.  God is always…”

PS: There is even more to this SYNC. In addition to the 26th being George Gershwin’s Birthday, an edifice to the god, BAAL was erected in Washington DC.


If you have yet to watch it, or have not seen it in a long while, it is Time to re-watch A Man Called Peter. It is about Peter Marshall who became the Chaplain of the US Senate in 1947. Within the film, at his “DC-Based” Church, Reverend Marshall gave a sermon on “Choosing God or choosing Baal.” What amazing SYNC with... “The Grey.”

The Empty Stocking
#1185, Musical Haiku #77 in 2:40
by Stephen Melillo, IGNA 3 December 2018, 2-3 Millennium

A reflection of The Grey?
Empty Stocking or Empty Heart? 
Everyone will have/receive a different message, depending on where one Is....

We are in The Grey. They are not... We are sad they have left us, but know their Hearts are as full as ours. We must stay and endure our time, our Grey... There is sadness, emptiness, loneliness. 

But by the end of this song/psalm/prayer, after tears have been shed and the mind has been emptied, we are hopeful and Heart-full as we are made better by remembering, reflecting.

Sincerely, B. Nick Melillo
A Man Without Fear
#1184, Musical Haiku #76 in 2:21
by Stephen Melillo, IGNA 28 November 2018, 2-3 Millennium
photo by Meredith J. Hudson

In a Small Window
#967, in 2:36
by Stephen Melillo, IGNA 18 April 2019, 2-3 Millennium

At 17, Dame Mary Sigillo Baracco, knighted as a Freedom Fighter for her service during World War II, was a prisoner of the NAZIs. Separated from her fiancé, Artur, she looked out a small window one day. Later, in her journal, she wrote; “One day, in a small window, I thought I saw you.”

A nun visited Dame Mary soon after that day. “Coragio, mi figlia.” Courage, my daughter. Artur had been executed by the NAZIs, right outside that small window.

It’s difficult to view the world from our perspective as Grey-dwellers, and try to make sense of the senseless. Yet, at 96 years of age, Dame Mary is perhaps one of the most consistently faithful Souls I have ever been blessed to know.

With Love, this piece is offered.

Where Beauty Has No Chance
originally, “Can You Smell the Storm?” Cue M20 from Gypsy Girl
Music by © Stephen Melillo, IGNA 23 August 1993

Though using old and inexpensive equipment back in 1993, this has always been one of my favorite cues. In 1994, I orchestrated the theme into a piece called Where Beauty Has No Chance. The meaning of its title I leave to you. As part of The Fountainhead, a work about artistic integrity, it was recorded for the very first Stormworks CD, Chapter 1: Without Warning. The recording suffered technical mishaps after the fact, and one day should be recorded again. Alas, another story.

Mere days ago, and as SYNC would have it, I was invited to Hoftstra University where Dr. James McCrann was rendering The Fountainhead. This 75th D-Day (2019) is also the 25th Anniversary of its writing. After many years of not having heard it, I immediately thought of resurrecting the work and re-recording it. Days later, and without him knowing about events at Hofstra, Curt called and suggested that this cue be included within The Grey. An interesting SYNC indeed. I searched for the old sequences and couldn’t find them. Remember The Lost Music? It was happening again, so instead, I had the chance to re-create.

As you listen to this Music, please consider the paradox that is built into it. Everything about this seemingly free flow of expression was predetermined by the director, Rogers Follansbee. Before writing a note, where and when the Music would begin, where and when the two lovers would touch and then kiss, where and when the cut to the Grey Clouds would echo the sentiment of the scene, and where and when the Music would end... all was set into pre-existing moments of picture and Time and then scored to within an accuracy of 1/384th of a second. Perhaps as Shakespeare implies, “we too are actors on a stage”. We have been given the Gift of this brief Moment, there to see either The Grey, or perhaps, the Light and the designing Director beyond it. Godspeed! Stephen Melillo



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