Snowfall of Memories

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2/28/2018
Trevor Jensen

Story

This composition is based on the story I created about a grandmother who sees the angels of death in the winter. She is inside, warm, with the fireplace roaring and the family behind her in a log cabin  tucked away deep in the Sierra Nevada mountains.

 

 Looking outside the window, she can see the angels of death (featuring vocals by Lauren Bony and Ashley Schmitz), who are there to comfort her into the transition from human, to spirit. As the grandmother realizes she will pass, she starts to see snow, falling outside, and, like the snowfall, many memories of her life, from her childhood memories of catching snow on her tongue, to sledding, and drinking pipping hot cocoa (2 min. 15 sec.), to her adult memories of falling in love, giving birth to her first child, and going on long vacations with family (3 min. 43 sec.). The idea was to have a, "Snowfall of Memories," each flake, like each memory, different from the other.

 

 After the memories, the angels of death bring the grandmother back from her memories and prepare her for her ascension into heaven (4 min. 39 sec.). As her spirit ascends, she can see her family from above. Soon, more memories rapidly come back to her before finally the angels of death completely lift her into heaven (5 min. 45 sec.) and every memory of her life comes back to her in a brilliant and beautiful display. Once the grandmother is in heaven, an incredible sense of calm surrounds her, as her loved ones, who passed before her, greet her into her full transition into a spirit (6 min. 45 sec.).

 

 The family of the grandmother starts the grieving process, holding a memorial, saying their goodbyes, and coping with the realization that someone as special as this person was, will no longer be with them, physically. Tears blur the vision of many, as family and friends gather, sharing stories, and photo albums (8 min. 41 sec.).

 

 The spirit of the grandmother returns to the family, and gives them a sign that she is okay. There is a sense of relief, and while it is still painful, to know someone is okay, after they passed, brings relief to the loved ones still alive (9 min. 7 sec.).

 

This is a very special piece to me, as composing the score was my way of dealing with my grandmother Patty, and my grandmother Marilyn's death. What I wanted to bring most was not the death, but the spirit, and the memories that flood our mind before and after losing someone. Because of how much they mean to us, this is the reason their passing is particularly painful to the persons still alive. But with pain, eventually comes acceptance, and the relief to know the passing from body, to spirit, is not the end.

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