Today we combine Wendell’s painting “Trees Along the Warta” –inspired by our walks along the river during our 2017-18 year in Poland- (8 x 10″ acrylic on paper, 2019, wendellmyers.com ) with Pam’s arrangement of the Beatles’ “The long and Winding Road.” (pamelahowland.com).
For the first Sunday in October, we go back to Chopin with Pam playing his Mazurka in A Minor, Op. 68 No. 2, (pamelahowland.com) in fusion with Wendell’s “Red Sky Over Blue Hills,” 6 x 14, acrylic on panel 2014, wendellmyers.com.
Dear Friends, We are here in beautiful Portugal today, ahead of Pam’s work at the University of Lisbon this coming week. Pam will be presenting a seminar on “Music and the Movies” on October 1, and a performance of her CHOPIN MEETS THE BEATLES program on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 ( to see posters, read this on her website Blog at http://www.pamelahowland.com/news ). We are honored to be here to engage with these wonderful people. For this week’s MOMENT – “Achat Sha’alti” (One thing I ask) is the 2nd movement from composer Paul Schoenfield’s Six Improvisation on Hassidic Melodies. Pam met the composer in 1985 when she had received a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. Subsequently, Pam made the world premier recording of this wonderful piano work (pamelahowland.com). Today we combine this with my “Yellow Sky Over Distant Dark” (acrylic on panel 4″ X 8″ 2014 wendellmyers.com) We wish you a wonderful new week, Pam and Wendell
Pam’s arrangement (pamelahowland.com)of the Beatles’ beautiful song, “She’s Leaving Home,” is combined with Wendell’s blue painting called “Blue Trees in Moonlight” (acrylic on panel, 10 x 10, 2014 wendellmyers.com )
Today’s MOMENT is a combination of Pam’s arrangement of The Beatles’ “For No One” (from the Revolver album) with a painting of Wendell’s, “Winter Thicket” (acrylic on canvas 30 x 30, 2012). This sad, pensive piece of music ends on the dominant chord (V), leaving the listener up in the air – a fitting representation of the sentiment of the loss and unresolved love expressed in the song. pamelahowland.comwendellmyers.com
Please enjoy Pam’s interpretation of Claude Debussy’s “Girl with the Flaxen Hair,” (pamelahowland.com) with Wendell’s painting, “October Treeline #5,” acrylic on paper mounted on panel, 20 x 20, 2019 (wendellmyers.com)
Also, if you are in Winston-Salem on Monday,September 9, you can hear Pam live at Wake Forest University, Brendle Recital Hall, at 7:30 p.m. She will be playing her CHOPIN MEETS THE BEATLES program, along with her original composition, THREE SCENES FROM POLAND. The concert is a benefit for Fulbright Poland, and in honor and memory of fellow- Fulbrighter, Michael Gilmor (1995-2018). Please join us if you can – concert is free, no tickets necessary, donations invited.
Wishing you all the best for a peaceful week,
Pam and Wendel
Today’s moment is a short one – Frederic Chopin’s beautiful “Prelude in E Minor, Op. 28 No. 4,” paired with Wendell’s “Seafoam and Fire” (acrylic on canvas 40 x 16, 2011). pamelahowland.com wendellmyers.com
About this week’s offering, Pam says:
For today, August 25th, Wendell and I honor and commemorate the life of Michael Gilmor (1995-2018), who passed away on this day last year. I wrote Golden Summer (Michael & Briana’s Song) last year upon hearing of his death.
Michael was a Fulbright friend and colleague in Poland in 2017-18, and one of the most extraordinarily kind, generous, and brilliant people I have ever met. He died suddenly, and tragically upon his return to the U.S., just shy of his 23rd birthday.
I had always said that I would never compose music – that it just wasn’t in me – that I was a player (a re-creator of others’ music). But, I was so grieved by his passing, that this piece rose out of me, helped me with my grief, and has now touched others. I credit Michael for inspiring this new path for me, and I am eternally grateful for his continued generosity.
Golden Summer was my attempt to honor and immortalize the love that he shared with Briana (also a Poland Fulbrighter, 2017-18), and it has become the third movement of my piece called Three Scenes from Poland. We are pairing it with Wendell’s Backlit Grove (acrylic on canvas 48 x 48, 2016 – inspired by living in Poland for the summer of 2016 wendellmyers.com).
May you find peace in this.
Pam and Wendell
“Gray November” is the 2nd piece in my work called THREE SCENES FROM POLAND (pamelahowland.com).
These pieces were written as reflections on my year there (last week was the first – “Field of Poppies”, and next week will feature the third movement – “Golden Summer (Michael and Briana’s Song).
“Gray November” especially focuses on the gray, yes-depressing, world of November in Poland! I enjoyed finding the colors on the piano to express the melancholy, sorrow, and grief that this weather triggered. Wendell’s painting “Dark Sky with Red Hills” (acrylic on canvas, 24 x 24, 2011 wendellmyers.com ) is the perfect complement.
Although enjoy is probably not the right word, we hope this fusion is meaningful to you.
All the best,
Pam and Wendel
“Field of Poppies” is the first piece in Pam’s new composition called THREE SCENES FROM POLAND (2019, pamelahowland.com). She says, “For me, it conjures a train ride through the Polish countryside.” I have painted “Poppies in the Field,” ( acrylic on paper, 8 x 10, 2019 wendellmyers.com) to pair with it. For the video, my challenge this week was to use audio and video from 2 different sources. I know this is not a big deal, but since I am just learning how to edit videos, and since I have seen plenty of videos where the audio and video are poorly synced, I was a little intimidated by the thought of doing this. Because our friend, the very talented cellist and recording engineer Evan Richey was recording “Three Scenes from Poland” for Pam, I wanted to take the opportunity to have a better sound quality on several videos, as well as to make sure I could sync audio from a separate source, as well as sync video from more than one camera.