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Miniatures

Music by james madison thomas





          There's a story behind the photo I'm using for Miniatures' album cover.

It was taken by a guy I don't really know.

I used to photograph Botanical Gardens often. Once, unbeknownst to me, another photographer, Leonard Polonco, surrep-

titiously snapped this photo of me doing what I always do there. He came up to me afterward to show me. I liked it and

asked him if he would send it to me and

if I could use it.


          I finished the first of these short piano pieces in 2007 and have been adding to them periodically ever since. I saw similarities in their character, in the same way Erik Satie's Gymnopodies have a distinct homogeneity. I strayed a couple of times from the template by adding other instruments, but they are still short and piano–

centered.


          I haven't released these as a collection in a formal way, though I would have liked to, but there are many imperfections. I have uploaded them to SoundCloud

but you can hear them below. The first 3 are from my 2008 album In The Balance.


          I'm hoping there will be another 16 tracks to make up a volume 2,

but honestly, I think our time here is short.



Miniature No. 9





Miniature No. 10





Miniature No. 11





Miniature No. 12





Miniature No. 13





Miniature No. 14





Miniature No. 15





Miniature No. 16






Miniature No. 1





Miniature No. 2





Miniature No. 3





Miniature No. 4





Miniature No. 5





Miniature No. 6





Miniature No. 7





Miniature No. 8









Miniature No. 18  February 6, 2022