THE DIFFERENT COLORED "AD" TRACKS ON THE "SONGS" LIST ARE NOT MY MUSIC.
Welcome to this showcase for the original music of Sean Damon (Rohde). Here you find a regularly updated collection of recordings of my compositions for various ensembles. If you would like to buy a copy, please contact me at sdade(at)dreamuse.com. You may also want to visit my blog at:The Sonic Muse.
Born Sean Damon Rohde in 1968, I began my study of music at twelve years of age. Like so many others, I learned my favorite songs by ear. But almost immediately I realized an intense desire to create. From that point to this, I have played only my own music.
My creation and performance of pieces in the rock idiom continued until I was eighteen, when I made the greatest discovery of my life--Beethoven's Ninth Symphony and the mighty tradition of the European Masters! I had found the path through the rest of my days!
In 1986, using my name Sean Damon, I began my music career as an unguided novice. In fact, I have learned music almost entirely by my own efforts. A few rock guitar lessons, one classical guitar lesson, a community college class on the appreciation of classical music, and a choir class at the same school comprise the totality of my formal training in this art! As a result of this fact, however, I have struggled through these years with the social and political dynamics inherent in choosing this woefully difficult unpaved course. Not difficult because I have learned what I know from independent study of books and scores, but rather from the exclusion I have suffered as a result of so learning. In this field, it seems not about what you do or have done, but rather how, where, and by whom you learned to do it that is most important. For me, the problem is not how the craft is learned. Instead, it is finding a way past the iron gates of prejudicial resistance that is most challenging. Nevertheless, in defiance of that injustice, I continue to write for dear life. For, dear life equals time. And time converts to creation. In lieu of a professional career, I suppose I'd rather try to compose works of value while in total solitude without recognition or honors than have professional success while not creating anything worthwhile. After all, it is the art that matters. Our creations are what we leave to posterity.
Above all, though, I hold Mother Nature most dear. In her embrace I find my classroom, my playground, and my church. From her I have learned to appreciate the beautiful subtleties of existence. With her I have experienced some of my greatest pleasures. By her I find the spiritual reassurance to continue through hardship and maintain a productive life.
Amid ugliness of the human world, I find paradise in my thoughts. Whatever becomes of humanity, I shall continue to do my part to promote beauty.
Artists keep the sanity of humankind.
Sometimes. Yes, I do greatly enjoy it and will certainly do it again!
My main musical influences are the great European masters, especially Beethoven. Although I do greatly enjoy and am highly inspired by folk music, all folk music. I cannot hear enough of it. I feel the same about jazz.
My work is recorded using Garritan Personal Orchestra, Jazz & Big Band, and World Instruments sample libraries.
To reckon with no one else,
serving and pleasing oneself.
To hold, among lackeys and kings,
both head and conscience erect.
To walk about at one's ease,
delighting in holy nature
and works of inspired art.
To sink in tender silence:
there is my justice and joy.
--Alexander A. Blok