On Holt Avenue
On Holt Avenue for oboe and piano depicts daily life on the street where I used to live in Los Angeles, from the mockingbird that sang (screamed, really) at all hours of the day and night, to the view outside my window at the neighbor's lemon tree. The lemons, as they shimmered in the rain, inspired a haiku that is found at the beginning of this movement:
The lemon tree waits-
rain falls on outstretched branches-
How the lemons shine!
The description of the opening tempo for “Morning Coffee” of “cheerful and caffeinated” allows the oboe to stretch and wake up with a little help from coffee, while the movement “Daisies” sings of the beauty of my favorite flowers, the gerbera daisies often in a vase on my table.
This work was first recorded and released on my CD Songs of California: Music for Winds and Piano.
I. Morning Coffee
II. The Lemon Tree
III. That Mockingbird…