Tuesday, February 16, 2010

"Men Have Biological Clocks, Too"

The sixteenth installment in the "28 in Tweny-Eight" blog series by Robert Ian Winstin.


  1. Greetings from Suffolk! Usually wait until work is over before logging on. Couldn't wait today, though!

    A bit dark, but a lovely piece. Appreciate the story as well.

    Keep keep!


  2. Very intriguing! The darkness is beautiful and sad at the same time.

  3. Actually, I think it is beautiful. Very moving piece.

  4. Title? LOL - well, I always thought so - just ask my husband!

    Love the piece.

  5. Good Morning! Love the 'dark' piece. Not so dark it seems ... Love the series - especially the Valentine's Day piece.


  6. Terrific! I can hear the ticking, but I'm not too sure about the 'pull' of three? Of course, I'm not that versed in music, so maybe I am missing it completely.

    I'll keep at it.


  7. Hello! I downloaded the score this morning and spent a good hour playing through this piece. What a workout! This is very tought to play - you make it seem effortless!

    Loved the first blues piece - can't wait for the second.


  8. Cool! Not dark at all.

  9. Well - regardless of your own negativity - this was delightful. It was one of those that I went "Awww it's over already? I more..."

    Thank you again for doing this - it is a joy to listen to a brand new piece of music every day.

    Cathy B

  10. Thanks for sharing your challenging project. Your work is inspiring. These pieces are brilliant and fun! Yes, FUN! But not only that...

    On "sad vs. happy": When reading your story, I was once again struck by the inadequacy of words to describe music. However well-written, words cannot express the subtlety of emotion and character that music does so naturally. I think your music is neither sad nor happy. It is complex, both technically and emotionally.

  11. I think this might be my favorite piece so far, am enjoying coming back to it again and again. I am puzzled by one characteristic of the piano recordings - do you use the sustain pedal at all? Or the other pedal(s)? Maybe I'm just used to the way my mother's steinway pedal creaked, but it does make me curious...

  12. Hi Mer,

    Thanks for he lovely comments. I have to laugh - if you knew how many takes it actually takes for a piano thumper like me to get a 'clean' take with no pedal noises, feet shuffles, stomach growls or bench squeaks you would understand!

    Also - something I learned from our piano tech - graphite on the pedals. Not only the sustain pedal itself, but also anywhere the mechanism moves inside the piano. This will help it move silently - or as quietly as possible.

    I tend to use very little pedal in recording - both the sustain and una-corda (soft pedal). The hall we have is very 'verby and a lot of sustain from the pedal just tends to over-do it.

    We use two pianos here - the main one is a Steinway "M" frm the early 60's.

    Thanks again!



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