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Existential Doubt

by Glenn Stallcop

Jitters 08:32
Night Sweat 07:21


This album has gone through some conceptual changes since it was first recorded. The music is quite passionate, and at first I thought of it as romantic, but cautious and tentative. But as the time of recording grew more distant, I started to see the music as not romantic at all. It is definitely passionate, and there are moments that are quite tender. But the overall feeling of the music is much more brooding than I initially realized. Also the hesitancy and tentative nature is not only present, I now consider it the most notable characteristic of the album.

As long as I can remember, there has always been real concern about the direction in which humanity is heading. When I was young, the focus seemed to be on nuclear war and overpopulation. I remember there was actually a HIT song titled, “We’re On the Eve of Destruction!” Today, the concern seems to be about climate change, which seems maybe less immediate or glamorous, but no less apocalyptic. Maybe this sort of doubt is somewhat endemic to the species, with only the subject changing. I don’t know. But civilization certainly brings compromises and stresses that were not as present in a more rural, peaceful, or stable lifestyle.

In any case, the level of real consternation is widespread. I have tried to capture the angst from both an intellectual and emotional point of view. Though many are convinced, or at least hopeful that technology will bale us out of the crisis, others are daring to look over the edge and imagine what it might be like on the other side. The possibilities, and emotional impact, are not always pleasant.


released April 12, 2021


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Glenn Stallcop Phoenix, Arizona

Glenn Stallcop is a composer, pianist, and a long-time double bassist with the Phoenix Symphony. He has recorded many albums of piano improvisation over the last 20 years. He is a well-established composer with over 100 published works for orchestra, chamber music and vocal works, solo piano and double bass. ... more

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