Gottry-Thanks for Listening (SP)-V/M - Product Information
I started to write this duet in August of 2019, gradually refining it over the course of several months before completing it in the spring of 2020. The impetus was at least partially therapeutic, allowing a way for me to express musically what I wanted to say publicly about the dialogue, or lack thereof, in our society at large. I felt strongly that the issues we were all confronting required a willingness to listen, particularly to those with whom we didn't agree or whose life experience was markedly different than ours. I wanted to express both a desire to listen better myself and an encouragement to others to listen more intentionally, more carefully, and more thoughtfully. In a culture where we fight for the opportunity to say our piece and where social media prompts us with "What's on your mind?" I am convinced that we are better served by open ears than by an open mouth. This simple "conversation" between vibraphone and marimba will not heal our society nor will it solve the many real and hard issues we must confront. It is nonetheless my small contribution and personal commitment communicated through music. Thanks for Listening.
- Josh Gottry
- Number of players: 2
- Difficulty: Intermediate
- Player 1: Vibraphone
- Player 2: Marimba (4.3 octave)