Random Acts of Kindness
About this work:
Even though the fervent song that forms the core of "Random Acts of Kindness" is tinged with bittersweetness, it is set in a world of hope, love, and touches of whimsy and playfulness.
Too often, I believe, our attention is turned towards the dark side of our human nature, but if we take the time to notice, we can find a world filled with inexplicable selflessness, seemingly random acts of kindness, warmth and concern, strangers who don't hesitate to offer help and a glow of humanity at any opportunity. When I think of Gene Rousseau, I recognize him as a personification of this grace. And so, in celebrating his retirement, it seems appropriate to write a piece reflecting on all the acts of kindness he has offered to so many as a performer, teacher, colleague, and very special human being.
Year composed: 2015
Ensemble type: Chamber or Jazz Ensemble, Without Voice:Keyboard plus One Instrument
Instrumentation: 1 Soprano Saxophone, 1 Piano