Today I’m presenting you with the track Per Aspera Ad Astra by the British composer and piano player Dom Mason from Birmingham. Dom has made music since he was a teenager and plays a variety of instruments. He also works as a ballet pianist!
The track Per Aspera Ad Astra was released on the album Lockdown Sessions: Songs for John, which came out on the 19th of February, 2021.
Tell us something about your track Per Aspera Ad Astra!
The album is an exploration of my memories of John, my late stepfather. He sadly passed away during the initial lockdown in the Spring of 2020. This particular track is a moment of calm reflection, its placement at 6 is deliberate as it follows on from the busier ‘Memories of Sevilla’ and precedes the bittersweet ‘Little Bird’. The Latin title translates literally as “Through hardship(s), to the stars”, which perfectly summed up John’s struggles with his health in life over many years. The album represents the journey towards a peace which I believe he has now found. It is deeply personal. Some of the more tender, heartfelt melodies (such as track 14’s ‘It’s been a long time’) reflect those personal emotions.
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