For Norma – Flute & Guitar – 2012

My good friend Cameron O’Connor had been trying to get me to write a guitar piece for him since we were in high school. Unfortunately, writing without deadlines can be difficult for me. So, Cameron gave me a deadline, an extra instrument to write for, and some inspiration in the form of a quote from the film, CITIZEN KANE:

“A fellow will remember a lot of things you wouldn’t think he’d remember. You take me. One day, back in 1896, I was crossing over to Jersey on the ferry, and as we pulled out, there was another ferry pulling in, and on it there was a girl waiting to get off. A white dress she had on. She was carrying a white parasol. I only saw her for one second. She didn’t see me at all, but I’ll bet a month hasn’t gone by since that I haven’t thought of that girl.”

I love that quote. And it really got me thinking about the different women who have come in and out of my life. For some reason I kept fixating on that white dress and couldn’t help but think of one of the most famous women/sex symbols in history, Marilyn Monroe.

So this piece for flute and guitar is my love song to Marilyn, or as some knew her, Norma.

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