By Scott Stevens
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As I try to write about "Perspective" this afternoon having just watched footage of mobs assaulting the Capitol in Washington, I am aware of the melancholy and quiet strength in this piece. Listening to it provides a stark juxtaposition to the displays of violence and unrest being broadcast. To me, the music encourages reflection, tells of the sadness of the times, yet conveys courage -- even if it is a fragile one.
Covid-19 still weighs heavily upon us all and yet we each dare to hope, to strive, and to live into the unknowns of our futures. We carry hope in one hand and lament in the other. Courage and sadness are not mutually exclusive. While I enjoy hero stories and bombastic soundtracks, "Perspective" is not a conventionally heroic piece. It is neither flashy nor daring. Instead, "Perspective" engenders simplicity: a theme that runs throughout my 2020 release. The true heart of this piece emerges after one minute, when all is cleared away save for a simple piano motif. Without the armor of the orchestra, a simple tune remains to decide for itself whether to give up or continue on. - SS
Scott Stevens is a composer whose versatility stems from eclectic influences. His music (listen on Spotify) 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.
Scott's piece 'Dawn Will Prevail' was published in Foreshadow in December 2020.