Sudden Light (2015)

Duration: 4:30
Premiere by Vox 16
April 16, 2016, Seattle
Markdavin Obenza, Director

Timelessness permeates the mood of this song as the narrator wonders at the familiar scenes and the beloved person who seems both new and newly discovered. With a sense of dejà vu, or perhaps something else entirely, the music reflects this mood by growing out of a repeated descending line of four notes that seem to continue endlessly, beginning and ending, repeating and floating away, and ultimately concluding with a cadence that could lead to the beginning once again. The sudden light in the text of the poem by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, may be a memory, a flash of understanding, heat, flame, or delight shall be taken even as time passes and death awaits.