HER SPIRIT STILL LISTENS


  • Solo marimba (5-octave required)
  • Duration: 4 minutes
  • Dedicated to and premiered by Jacob Mannion, February 2013
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An old friend of mine, Jacob, had a wonderful yellow lab named Luckey. Luckey was one of the sweetest animals I have ever met. When Jacob bought a marimba to practice on at home, Luckey's favourite passtime became lying down underneath the marimba while her owner practiced. She loved sitting close by, feeling the vibrations of the instrument, and just being near Jacob while he worked.

When Luckey passed away, she left a void in her family's lives. Jacob said that one thing he missed most about her was having her sit at his feet at the marimba. I wrote this piece for solo marimba as a tribute to her lovely spirit, suggesting that wherever she is now, she is still listening to him play.