The Silver Stairs of Ketchikan (2008) op. 48a
for piano


The Silver Stairs of Ketchikan is inspired the poetry of Richard Brautigan.  It could be ironically classified as a song without words based on a poem.  The poem is in part about being woken in the middle of the night to feed a crying baby while others are seemingly angry about being awoken.  It’s up to the mother to appease the baby while door-bangers and wild animals contest.  This music represents the spirit of this kind of cheer in the face of hostility with just a dash of sarcasm. 

THE SILVER STAIRS OF KETCHIKAN
2 A.M. is the best time
to climb the silver stairs
of Ketchikan and go up into the trees
and the dark prowling deer.
When my wife gets out of bed
to feed the baby at 2 A.M. she turns
on all the lights in Ketchikan
and people start banging on the doors
and swearing at one another.
That’s the best time
to climb the silver stairs
of Ketchikan and go up into the trees
and the dark prowling deer.
― Richard Brautigan