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This solo was written for my friend, Ross Huber.  After he approached me about writing this, I knew I wanted to highlight Ross’ great sound as well as his lyrical playing. The lyrical aspect ended up being an integral part of this piece.

Confined is a piece about experiencing freedom.  While writing, I imagined tearing down invisible walls that bind us, allowing grace to enter. For much of this piece, the music is bound by repetitive motives that indicate a sense of fear. This repetitive theme finally surrenders to a lyrical melody that enters toward the end. This melody is a song of freedom. A song of hope. The movie, Shawshank Redemption, illustrates this message well. I’ll leave you with a quote by the character known as “Red”, who narrates the power of hope through music:

I have no idea to this day what those two Italian ladies were singing about. Truth is, I don't want to know. Some things are best left unsaid. I'd like to think they were singing about something so beautiful, it can't be expressed in words, and makes your heart ache because of it. I tell you, those voices soared higher and farther than anybody in a gray place dares to dream. It was like some beautiful bird flapped into our drab little cage and made those walls dissolve away, and for the briefest of moments, every last man in Shawshank felt free.