19 May 2017
Then it came to me, just when I least expected it. I started playing this melody with my right hand, using all five fingers; it was obsessive, haunting, rhythmic – it had to be reminded to move on to the next wave of sound. Composing for me has never been about sitting down and writing a piece of music; it is always like creating a new life, a story. The beginning of this insistent melody resonated in my body and ears like an alarm clock going off inside me. I focused on this music obsessively, and over time it drove away the depression.
I got out of tune. Drive tuned me back in. When I play this piece I feel invincible, outside of this world; I get driven to some safe place, where hope, beauty, compassion and drive are the main forces in life.' RIOPY