This Way Now

By Ellen Bennett | November 26, 2020

“This Way Now” seems appropriate at this juncture in the pandemic. It has no melody, just chordal progressions with 4ths and 5ths lingering in the decay of the instrument voices. For me, the lack of melody speaks to an imbalance between darkness and light, anxiety and hope. Even with the promising vaccines on the horizons and a light at the end of this Covid tunnel, we have some difficult months ahead.  The melody will come. In the meantime, I hope you can find some solace in the progressions.



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  1. Regina Ladd on November 27, 2020 at 6:28 pm

    Very nice! A sound that brings peace and serenity. Beautiful piece!

  2. Stephanie Swanson on November 27, 2020 at 6:28 pm

    So lovely. I listened on my way in to work in a Covid unit. The melody will come—

    • Ellen Bennett on November 28, 2020 at 8:32 pm

      Yes, my friend, the melody will come. Thank you for your listen and words.

  3. Ellen Bennett on November 28, 2020 at 8:32 pm

    Thank you, Regina, for your listen, your words.

  4. Lynn Eberhard on November 30, 2020 at 6:01 pm

    Listening to made me feel like I was watching a scene in a movie that had only music & pictures. Very moving & wonderful!

    • Ellen Bennett on December 1, 2020 at 8:39 pm

      Thank you Lynn.

  5. Rick Ruggles on December 3, 2020 at 8:43 pm

    Simply lovely, m’dear.

    • Ellen Bennett on December 11, 2020 at 9:45 pm

      Thank you m’dear. As always, we continue to support each other in what truly matters…

  6. Cathy Jewell on December 5, 2020 at 8:24 pm

    Ellen – Beautiful. Strong. Uplifting. Peaceful. Comforting. Some surprising sequences about 1/2 way and 3/4 of the way into the piece. I was hearing the melody in my head….this will certainly come to you. Or you can let the listener write their own melody. Much like we are all on this journey together, but have our own stories to tell. You absolutely inspire me to become a better version of myself. Fabulously crafted. Thank you my friend!

    • Ellen Bennett on December 8, 2020 at 9:55 pm

      Thank you for your heartfelt observations, Cathy. We are all warriors on this road to humanity, right? 2021…let’s get back on those gray roads and find the melodies!

  7. C.J. Lori on December 9, 2020 at 8:17 pm

    Sounds hopeful and thoughtful to me — it hardly needs a melody, but I look forward to hearing it!
    Definitely has a gentle “on the road” vibe.

    • Ellen Bennett on December 11, 2020 at 9:46 pm

      Thank you, C.J.

  8. kris guay on December 12, 2020 at 2:09 pm

    This is very beautiful. I have it on in the background while I work on my computer – lit tree in the corner, fire in the wood stove. CJ wrote that it feels hopeful. I think I agree. Sounds like it could be part of a movie soundtrack too. Keep making art of all kinds my friend. We all need it. xo

    • Ellen Bennett on January 15, 2021 at 10:12 pm

      Thank you dear friend. I am sorry it took me so long to reply–just saw your comment this evening. Let us both navigate this new world with hope.

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