By Scott Stevens
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Dawn Will Prevail begins with fragility of hope in the form of a thin arrangement featuring solo piano and strings. When dawn "arrives," it is only after the night's darkest hours. As the full orchestra swells in, the chord progression sounds alternately heroic and slightly unresolved as the piece moves through different keys. Sometimes hope is tangible, firm, and within reach, but often it can be more elusive, requiring us to take hold of it firmly.
Dawn Will Prevail first appeared in The Vastness EP, which was a concerted effort to listen inwardly and write what emerged over the course of three weeks in June 2020. Each track features relatively sparse instrumentation that grows more dense with dynamic emotional swells. While writing, city curfews were enforced, violence and destruction sparked, peaceful protests formed, and my mother received life-saving emergency surgery. The EP juxtaposes heaviness with resolute hope because that is what I have felt and what I feel now.
Scott Stevens is a composer whose versatility stems from eclectic influences. His music is featured in multiple independent film scores as well as ads for Toyota, Saatchi & Saatchi and Red Bull, among others. Scott holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Composition from Point Loma Nazarene University and a Master’s degree in Global Music Composition from San Diego State University.