Watching While We Do Nothing (2022)
Climate change is destroying our world and our lives as we know it. Despite our world’s dire need for major changes to slow and reverse the effects of climate change, virtually nothing is being done about it. The same arguments and the same roadblocks keep happening over and over again, and while our politicians and leaders go in circles about climate change, the world is continuing to be irreparably damaged. Watching While We Do Nothing is meant to express the grief of seeing our world fall apart and not being able to do anything about it. This piece is also meant to serve as a place to think and reflect on the issue of climate change and the effect that it has had on our lives, the lives of others, and the countless plant and animal species that are going extinct at an alarmingly fast rate. The piece is structured around a continuously repeating chord progression outlined in the piano that keeps going around and around in a circle, and while the music around it grows and falls, everything always ends up right back where it started. The music is very melancholy, yet there is still a tinge of hope left there to represent mine and many other people’s own hopes that we will one day finally fight back against climate change.