Preludes & Reflections
Brett's sincere passion for music proved itself at three years old when he was crushed by the good intentions of Santa Claus. More than anything, he said he wanted a piano. As he came down the stairs Christmas morning, he saw the small toy piano sitting next to the tree. His heart sank and tears fell slowly down his face in disappointment. Only two octaves and a disgraceful "ploink ploink" sound! Why didn't Santa understand he wanted a REAL piano?! More than 30 years later, this is the debut collection of original songs composed on piano. Some were written to be enjoyed repeatedly, as Brett loves the art of composing beautiful songs. Others, going back to teenage years, were written to find expression for the feelings and thoughts that are difficult or uncomfortable to put into words. The songs on this album are self-contained lyrical stories that, taken individually or even better as a collection, seem to provide a perfect soundtrack for someone's life in reflection. Not necessarily his-could they fit with yours? If you enjoy solo piano music, start with Reflection in E Major (Track 1). Subsequent songs feature piano and gradually add more instruments and strings, leading to the haunting and enchantingly sad Cry of the Dying (Track 9). Fans of X-files style music will enjoy the Requiem pieces, especially Prelude Number 2 (Track 7). Displaying a heroic sense of life, however, Tracks 10 and 11 close the album as serenely positive songs. The final song, Empty Lot (Track 12), is a departure into alternative rock and a bonus demo recording. Being an aerospace engineer and someone passionate about honoring reality, Brett was inspired to write a song about the fatal and suspicious crash of Flight 587 on November 12, 2001. This song is dedicated to all of those lives lost and left troubled by that tragedy. Brett's music background includes nine years of formal piano lessons (started soon after that memorable Christmas, but on a real piano). During this time he also learned to play the clarinet, tuba, and trumpet. He continues to write neoclassical / easy listening instrumental songs and alternative rock songs. Brett's professional background and career is in aerospace engineering. He two degrees in the field and has worked on aircraft ranging from sailplanes to hypersonic vehicles. He is currently employed at a major U.S. aerospace company as a project engineer on a military rotorcraft program and program manager for several research and development projects. With this debut CD, Brett strives to avoid the tragedy described in the quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes, contained in the CD insert: "The truly great tragedy is the destruction of our human resources by our failure to fully utilize our abilities, which means that most men and women go to their graves with their music still in them." If music such as this can arise from a random rocket scientist, what kind of metaphorical music can exist in every person that we encounter? To learn more about these songs or future music projects from Brett Hoffstadt, including soundtracks, please contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. All songs are written, performed, and produced by Brett Hoffstadt. Copyright 2010.