I finally dug out the improvisations I sang a few months ago to go along with my illustration of „I Heard You Singing“. I took a nice little motif from the second improvisation and captured it as a basic melodic concept. I then performed a kind of meditation on the piano and tried to bring the two color worlds of the picture into harmony, or rather to make their contrasts audible.
From my chain of associations of that time the following text has arisen (further corrections have been made after the recording):
I’m walking down a path, until a crossing split its way.
I make a choice and take a turn where cornfields line my path.
Above me is a starry sky, down here a warming breeze
My shadow wanders next to me and holds me tenderly
What if I took the other turn?
Would it all be upside down?
Me in darkness, and high above
a warm breeze I’ve never found.
Would there shadows be around me, swallowing my own?
What if I had been another soul following the other road?
The following is a record of the various stages of the composition process: