"The Egg Suite" (2016)
Five short pieces, exploring the culinary variations of the egg . [For piano]
Though the style and character of each movement differ substantially from one another (as do their
respective egg dishes), they are all bound together by the ‘E-G-G’ motif, which appears in every
movement (not unlike the way eggs often act as the binding agent in a recipe).
Since composing these pieces, I have learned about and considered the injustices involved in animal agriculture and I have recognized the immorality of oppressing other sentient beings and of treating animals as products.
That said, I do not wish to promote consuming eggs (or any animal products) with this work. Still, I stand by the music, strictly aurally-speaking. I hope you enjoy the music, and after you listen, I would encourage you to look in to switching to a plant-based diet (if you haven't already).
In retrospect, of course, I wish I had not chosen an animal-product as a central theme of my music. At the time of writing it, shockingly, I had never taken the time to truly consider that these animals that are consumed are their own individual beings, with lives that matter, who want to live a full, natural life, free of suffering.
I, like most, saw them as products in grocery stores, and that distance between their sentient selves and the packaged purchase was so large that I never thought twice about it.
Well, now I've thought twice, and the shift in me that happened was nearly immediate. If you're interested in hearing more, or you have any questions about veganism*, feel free to contact me. My hope is to retroactively re-brand this suite as a representation of the consumer's journey from omnivore to herbivore, from seeing animals as products to animals as beings.
"Aubergine" (Eggplant) is my 2019 addendum to this collection, and signifies the switch to plant-based living.
(*By the way, I think that word (vegan) triggers a lot of unfair instant gut reactions, pre-conceptions and judgments, but at its core, the philosophy is simply one of compassion to all sentient beings. I can get behind that!)
"With a unique and very sophisticated approach to counterpoint, harmony and melody, Luke cooks up a seamless blend of classical, jazz and modern composition styles. A great listen. [Favorite track: IV. Scrambled]" --Zach Onett