Make it Sound Like America.
I heard a recording of Aaron Copland working with an orchestra and conducting his famous piece, Appalachian Spring. He explained how it should sound this way, “Make it sound like America, don’t play this like Tchaikovsky, make it sound more bouncy, less sentimental and more…cool.”
I love this piece of music, and sorry to say, I feel very sentimental about it. I walked down the aisle on my wedding day to Simple Gifts. The first movement always makes me cry. (Hit “play” now if you haven’t already).
It was this question, posed to Copland that has gotten me thinking…
How does America Sound?
I know how I want it to sound.
I want it to sound honest, pure, genuine, gritty, and lovely.
I want it to sound hopeful, peaceful and life-giving.
I want it sound like a rainbow in the desert.
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