Portrait of Falling Asleep

by Harlan Hodges

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"Portrait of falling asleep" is a lullaby with a bittersweet loneliness, a vision of an urban jazz-like subconscious, and the dialogue of a dream. Written with the idea of the internal and external processes of speaking in mind, “Portrait” is a sort of evolving snapshot of the conversation one has with oneself. Improvisatory by nature, the piece is free of traditional form with the piano acting as a quasi-narrator that projects the sound imagery of an unfolding story.

As Friedrich Nietzsche said: “I suddenly woke up in the midst of this dream, but only to the consciousness that I am dreaming and that I must go on dreaming lest I perish – as a somnambulist must go on dreaming lest he fall.”

Fascinating, gruesome, and somehow ironic, “Portrait of Falling Asleep” is the story behind the philosophical and spiritual implications of the sleepwalker in all of us, a commentary on an ever-developing perspective on the world in which we are surrounded by.


released December 12, 2013
Piano / Composer - Harlan Hodges
Trumpet - Keith Alexander
Engineered by - Keith Gary Productions



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