January Song Music Video

My final video from my ‘Winter Keys’ EP!

I wanted this music to really celebrate the precious time we spend with family and friends. Quite often, we are so caught up in our busy lives, that we forget how special these times are – until the years fly by and you stop and remember them much later on.

My two sons – Dan and Lee – both play beautiful solos on this track, and I wanted them to feature on this video, with their mischievous smiles.

I hope you enjoy it, and thank you all for supporting me and enabling me to create music and videos for you

Sue X

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Composer’s Notes – April 2017

Composers Notes April

Spring is a season of hope – a looking to the future, with the anticipation of exciting new ventures to come. Despite the resolutions of New Year having long since been forgotten about, the year is still young enough to make something of – time enough to put plans into place!

Easter is a joyful time. Another substantial holiday to enjoy, and an opportunity to catch up with family near and far, and create new memories to cherish. all four of us Astons travelled to Solihull in the Midlands to visit our relatives, and I felt the familiar pang when it was time to leave and head back to Cornwall. Upon our return, the sharp, salty tang of the sea air served as an anaesthetic to soothe all pain away, and the sight of the icing sugar pale blue sea, calm and flat, seeped into my thoughts, and I was glad to be back home again.

The blossoms are in full flow – the dainty white flowers of the May blossom dramatically ignite life into the dead twigs, and, like a shower of stars, remind me of the promise of life after death. All that is dormant is coming alive. Delicate pink flowers of the apple tree are breathtaking with their shock of candy floss blossom.

Sudden icy showers are a surprise, but soon give way to the gentle rays of the sun dappling the winding country lanes. Near the coast, clusters of sea pinks decorate the craggy rocks – little tufts of magic surviving with little it seems to hold on to or to nourish them. Gorgeous gardens proudly reveal the vibrant beauty of rhododendrons and magnolias. The camellia also continue to bloom with incredible longevity.

And so I turn my thoughts to my creativity. A special moment this month was completing the final video for the tracks on my ‘Winter Keys’ EP. I was delighted to be able to capture my two sons – Dan and Lee – who played guitar on my ‘January Song’ track. A precious moment indeed.

Sue Aston

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Composer’s Notes – March 2017

Composer Notes March

There is a fresh, fragrant feel in the air this month. A light fizzing sensation deep in your heart – the season is changing and spring is truly on its way.

Pretty primroses decorate the dullest of hedgerows, their yellow or mauve faces nodding gently in agreement that warmer days are at last on the way. Not that winter has entirely lost its icy grip – harsh, unexpected winds rattles the latches and take one’s breath away when least expected. Sudden wintry showers release a torrent of hail which collects in fairy like mounds at one’s feet, before quickly melting away just as quickly as it appeared.

The luxurious sight of magnolia trees illuminate the skyline. Such perfect beauty to behold against a gunmetal grey blue sky. A beacon of hope to soothe any heart still full of winter’s depression. Churchyards produce their own pre- Easter scene – the last of the ragged daffodils, still a pleasure to look upon, join forces with the perfumed hyacinth to adorn the edges of graves and stone monuments.

A special delight are the scattered groups of goldfinch in our garden, who flit and bob about amongst the flowers and wintry weeds. Safe in the knowledge that finally, one of the local cats has moved on, leaving them free to enjoy a feast of breadcrumbs and small insects.

As we move into spring, it is time to pursue new, creative musical ideas. A time to breathe deeply and be inspired by nature’s gifts of inspiration.

Sue Aston

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Composer’s Notes – February 2017

February – a time for storms here in Cornwall. A mixture of a month – hovering between the chills of winter, with the false promise of snow, and leaning further towards the gentle relief of spring.

A time for germs and viruses too! I have been off my walking feet for over two weeks, and have missed my daily meanderings. I was lucky to capture some shots of a rainbow over Porthmeor Beach in St Ives. That was dramatic and uplifting!

The gentle rays of the late winter sun are heart-stoppingly beautiful, as they shine through the bare branches of trees, forming ghostly silhouettes. The deep pink waxy petals of the camellia in our garden have appeared later than last year – a sign that we must have experienced a colder winter this year. They are always such a joyful sight as their compact buds burst forth – luxurious against the dark blue green leaves of their foliage.

February – a time for staying cosy at home and enjoying simple pleasures. Always the coldest, sharpest month down here in Cornwall. As the nights get lighter, it is a time to look forward to warmer months, and plan the year ahead.

Sue Aston

 

Composer’s Notes – Reflections of January

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January – a month where, on first glance, all can appear to be dreary and lifeless. However, since the passing of the colour and bustle of the festive season, this month can be a necessary time for reflection, contemplation and stillness. A time to reconsider former activities and to plan strategies for the year ahead.

For me, the discipline of going on a daily walk, has much in common with my life as a composer and musician. Making the commitment to undertake a task on a regular basis – be it practising an instrument, adding music to a composition or taking some form of exercise – is a way to achieve goals in a steady and methodical manner. I adore being out in the natural landscape. Not only is it an opportunity to notice how the seasons change, but it is a way to breathe in the clear air and refresh one’s mind. It adds clarity to one’s thoughts.

January has been far from dull – the calmness it brings in moments of solitude is revitalising. The fiery sunsets which unexpectedly explode into a myriad of burnished colours is a gift to behold. The reflections of the deep reds, yellows and oranges form a contrast with the darkening clouds, and create a molten seascape. The colours of the sky enhance the surprisingly vivid greens of the farmland and vegetation which has been drenched with rain. Wild flowers and berries brighten the hedgerows.

A morning walk taking in the crisp air is the way for music to grow in my mind. The cerulean blue sky behind the skeletal shapes of the trees is the catalyst which transforms the start of my day into a productive hive of activity.

Sue Aston