Everything Happens for a Reason


If you have a half-hour to spare, you might like to watch the first performance of my work-in-progress choose-your-own-adventure music from the ChamberLab concert on May 9th, 2015. If you’d like to watch it in bits and pieces, there’s a table of contents in the video description.

Back to Bed

This is the music to a chapter of Everything Happens for a Reason, taken from a rehearsal recording for the ChamberLab concert that took place on May 9th. That’s Michael Simmons on cello, and Samantha Bounkeua on violin. We didn’t play this piece at the concert, because the audience chose not to go “Back to Bed.” (Good thing, too, as you can see from the text below. They would have died, and the concert would have been over!)

Back to Bed

You fall, in slow motion, back into bed. There has never been happiness, joyfulness, relief, peace, like this before. You are a flood of warmth, of red light and black shadows. You vibrate and hum with gratitude.

The covers embrace you. The pillow cradles you. The soft down comforter—where did all this come from?—comforts you. Do you sleep?

Your cells glow, their walls shimmering into translucency, into insubtantiality. They dissolve. Do you sleep? You melt into the sheets, through the sheets, like you never were, into the soft, welcoming bed. You vanish. Do you sleep?

A shadow enters the room to rest, to dream of you.

You are dead and gone. Do you sleep?

You are dead.

THE END

It’s time.

If the water shortage in California becomes a huge political scandal, can we please, please, please call the scandal “Watergate?”