Dark Night of the Soul- Behind the music.

Over the years, fans of my music have asked me how long it takes to write a song. There’s no one answer. Some songs take a long time to write and need to simmer. Others come relatively quickly. My song ‘Dark Night of the Soul’ was one of those songs that came quickly. I’m a very visual person and I see patterns when I look at the keyboard. The keyboard is laid out chromatically (step by step) a mixture of half steps and whole steps.

One day many years a go, I was sitting at my piano and began improvising a pattern in the left hand. I thought to myself, “wow that’s a song.” Then I thought “well what melody could go with that?” Then I began playing a simple melody over the top. As the song progressed I saw where each section would go and fall into place before my fingers ever got there.

It also happened to coincide with a time when there was tremendous upheaval in my inner world and scary major life changes. It was probably the darkest time in my life.

We all go through dark times in our lives. Divorce, loss of a job, loss of a loved one, etc. While these things feel like the end of the world, we must remind ourselves that bad things never last forever. That there will be good things and bad things and through it all it’s important to not stay stuck in the darkness. That we put one foot in front of the other and do what needs to be done today to move into the light and a new day.

Listen to ‘Dark Night of the Soul’ on Spotify HERE

Listen to ‘Dark Night of the Soul’ on Pandora Radio HERE

Listen to ‘Dark Night of the Soul’ on Apple Music HERE

Want to learn how to play ‘Dark Night of the Soul’ on your piano or keyboard? Sheet music available HERE

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  1. edward schenkel April 21, 2020 at 6:57 am

    well said!

  2. Rw April 21, 2020 at 7:08 am

    You’re awesome.

  3. Carin April 21, 2020 at 8:23 am

    Thank you for sharing your process. I love this song….and I have used it during dark times in my life and the lives of my friends.I really appreciate your ability to put your feelings into music. It is especially helpful to those who struggle to use words!

  4. Linda L Guerra April 21, 2020 at 8:26 am

    This is a beautiful piece of music. Thank you.

  5. Jay April 21, 2020 at 10:04 am

    This piece inspired me to finally take the plunge to learn piano. I’d played in wind ensemble for 8 years and only was familiar with treble. I am in the process of learning this song right now! If you’d ever be willing to give some tips on it I would really appreciate it.

  6. Dawn April 21, 2020 at 10:41 am

    Thanks, Philip, for another story “Behind the music”. I love all your work, but Dark Night as a whole, is one of my faves.

  7. Russ Hensel April 21, 2020 at 4:00 pm

    Thank you for your music. Dark Night of The Soul was the first of many of your compositions that I have learned to play. I play by ear and appreciate your tutorials. I sincerely appreciate your compositions, they seem natural to me, my fingers seem to know where you are going. Thank you, your music is an important part of my life!

  8. Dora April 21, 2020 at 6:12 pm

    Since the first time I heard your music I felt in love and now I’m addicted to it.

  9. Hanh May April 21, 2020 at 9:56 pm

    Love your music and your message is so uplifting!

  10. Kayla Dean April 22, 2020 at 2:02 pm

    One of my favorite songs!!!

  11. Philip Wesley April 23, 2020 at 3:59 pm

    Thank you all kindly for listening to my music ?

  12. Elena May 3, 2020 at 6:09 pm

    Omg I love every single piece that you play. Can’t wait to see you in person. ❤️❤️❤️

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