Track 9 is a quiet, reflective original piece. I will confess that I went into the studio without a title for this song, but the phrase "Echos In An Empty Room" was tossed around by some people in the studio. I guess in their opinion, that's what the song sounded like. Which after some thought, felt true in the moment, but more importantly in the song's conception.
As I shared in earlier blogs, I moved from California to New York a couple of years ago. During the last few months in my Orange County home, I made a valiant effort to sell, donate and give away a lot of my furniture or possessions that I knew would not fit into a Manhattan studio and maybe poetically not fit in my New York life.
One lazy and lonely afternoon, I sat at my piano, one of the last remaining pieces of furniture left in my living room, and began playing this left hand ostinato pattern. I wanted to capture this sensation of promising emptiness. My home was practically as empty as the day I moved in.
The notes don't really define a major or minor tonality. It's not until the melody's second phrase that you hear that the key is major. The first pass of the melody is in a high register, giving a sensation of suspension within a vacuum or something spacey like that. The intro ostinato repeats and the melody reenters an octave lower.
At 1'50" you finally hear a secondary melody or theme in the right hand and the bass note changes to a D. The funny thing is that the flowing ostinato pattern of the left hand remains the same throughout both melodies and bass notes. The B section is repeated before the piece begins to slowly fade to its beginning.
For those true Alex Navarro fans, you will find characteristics of this piece to mirror previous works of mine. One that comes to mind is "Marisol" from the album "Closer Than You Think". I encourage you to check out that track as well : - )