“TIME PASSES” (6:19 mins) © Helen Davey
(for hand wound music box, piano, two glockenspiels and metallophone)
Felice Panagrosso’s art work
Regarding “Samuel” or “Boy on Staircase”: A boy – my son – turns not away, but inward. Absorbed in his task at hand. Building, discovering or simply observing. He is unaware, for now, of the new day, the new wonders, the new opportunities it will bring. He is not aware that I am observing him, and the warm light that surrounds and envelopes him.
The door faces east so the entryway was flooded with early morning light. The walls are “white,” and I tried to capture all of the reflective colors possible on the walls ceiling and door. I was struck by the fleeting nature of light, and of childhood.
At the bottom of the stairs, Sam, while bathed in that light is oblivious to it, and to the passage of time, simply focused on his project, a child at play.
I was so delighted with the light in this painting and quite taken by Felice linking the passage of time with the fleeting nature of light, and of childhood . It reminded of a poem by Nancy Cato called “Time Passing”
….So the simplest scene may be imbued, transfigured
With a sense of time passing, when music plays;
And so the face of a loved one grows
More beautiful as the boat’s last whistle blows.
(from her poetry collection,”The Dancing Bough” (Sydney: Angus and Robertson, 1957).
see the poem here
I wanted to give a sense of arresting a moment in time – the way we see things sometimes when we are in the nowness of things. So I decided to try to capture that “snapshot” by drawing it out with the chimes of a clock playing a melody, (instead of chimming the eternal, regulations of time).
I chose the glockenspiel and recorded it in two parts that are “magnified” by it’s big brother, the metalaphone.
Of course the hand turned music box is there for when little Samuel was at play.
As we witness January come to a close (already!), I hope you’ve enjoyed this focus on enjoying the sense of time passing. I’ll be on leave for three weeks so the next post will be February 21.
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Thanks for passing your time here,