Behind the Music: Emergence


I grew up in a New England town where the first flowers to bloom after winter were tiny white, purple and yellow crocus. The first crocus blooms would push up through the snow as joyful harbingers of spring and the promise of more beauty to come. My musical piece Emergence captures this feeling of triumph and celebration after much focus and concerted effort.


Emergence was the last track I created for the album Unspoken Touch. I was feeling the pressure because I was working under a deadline to complete the album before a scheduled concert. I decided to compose something simple on the synthesizer because there wasn’t time to complete another piece with multiple audio tracks. When I sat at my keyboard, the music quickly took form. It began with ethereal swirls of sound that yielded to a repeating urgent bass note that grew louder and louder until it became support for a simple yet triumphant chordal melody. The track Emergence literally pushed the album out of the studio!


I guess I should not be surprised that others have connected with my feeling of joyful completion. Of all the tracks on Unspoken Touch, Emergence has been used the most for graduations and celebrations and I am delighted. It is a musical expression of hope and joy, an experience of what it feels like when what we long for and work towards has arrived!


Read more about the album, Unspoken Touch, on my website.


My dear friend and talented photographer, Cozy McFee, created this video with springtime images of Sedona, Arizona.


Enjoy the video and happy spring!


Elizabeth Ursic

Leading creatively at the intersection of Scholarship, Spirituality & the Arts