By Ellen Bennett | February 2, 2021

Release. Allow escape from confinement; set free. To quote Indian novelist Arundhati Roy in her article “The Pandemic is a Portal”:


“Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew…We can choose to walk through it, dragging the carcasses of our prejudice and hatred, our avarice, our data banks and dead ideas, our dead rivers and smoky skies behind us. Or we can walk through lightly, with little luggage, ready to imagine another world. And ready to fight for it.” (Financial Times)

Roy’s words inspired my piano solo, “Release”


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  1. David Skernick on February 3, 2021 at 2:11 am

    Ellen, your music always transports me – somewhere…… away…… this time I didn’t want to come back. Ever. No kidding my friend – this one is special. I loved it more than I can say. Just wow!!

    • Ellen Bennett on February 3, 2021 at 12:08 pm

      Thank you my friend.

  2. Jennifer Okumura on February 3, 2021 at 7:50 am

    Entrancing – powerful yet comforting and soft. Great piece Ellen!

    • Ellen Bennett on February 3, 2021 at 12:08 pm

      Thank you, Jennifer.

  3. Joe Bulko on October 19, 2022 at 10:55 pm

    I like how the song starts – slow, halting, can’t quite getting going – then something happens – a little hope grows into a bigger one, and finally, a tentative confidence.

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