Lockdown Music, Art and Poetry

The Lockdown Sketches for solo violin 

with thanks to Peter Sheppard Skaerved

Score now available from the Canadian Music Centre



Here’s what I wrote last year…

Lockdown in Greece from March-May 2020 was a time of contemplation and a daily mindful walk in the neighbourhood to clear my mind as well as give me well needed exercise after teaching my online lessons and making sure the family was ok!  I found it difficult to do any creative work but I did write in my journal as well as practise the piano.  Only afterwards I felt the urge to express my feelings and thoughts through music and poetry. Here are the results of lockdown so far….let us hope that we will not return to the same situation but if we do, that we will be ready emotionally.

Firstly, about the Lockdown Sketches for violin in collaboration with Peter Sheppard Skaerved. During lockdown I found listening to the violin solo playlist of Peter Sheppard Skaerved very comforting and I found his artwork and storyline photos very intriguing. I was very honoured when he agreed to collaborate on a violin piece with me which we call the Lockdown Sketches. I feel it has been a source of catharsis for me in this difficult time. Many thanks to Peter and a link to his website where he has shared his art and thoughts:

Artwork of Peter Sheppard Skaerved

Peter Sheppard Skaerved website

The Lockdown Sketches

Secondly, here are some of the photos I took on my walks by Mt. Immitos in Agia Paraskevi, Attica and here is a poem I wrote on June 24th that expresses my thoughts during this time:

Attiki odos empty

this is lockdown

this is lockdown
when you’re coughing
and scared
to hug your child
because you don’t
know what you’ve got

this is lockdown
checking how many
have died
and how many countries
are in denial

this is lockdown
when you treasure
each moment
more precious
knowing that this day
is all we have
until tomorrow
comes with more

this is lockdown
sharing your fears
your cares
with those you love
your friends
your enemies
this is lockdown

we are one all together
no separating the good or bad
whether you like it or not-
this is lockdown

Written: June 24, 2020, Coreen Morsink

Latest update! September 5th, 2020

Here is the next part of the Lockdown Sketches with another round of thanks to Peter Sheppard Skaerved for his vibrant and expressive playing of Hymn to Asclepius which is partially based on a reconstruction of a piece of music (Hymn to Asclepius) inscribed in stone found at Epidavrus. The inscription is dated from about the 3rd Century AD but is thought to have actually composed during the Hellenistic period. May we all have good health!

More music, photos, artwork and poetry to come….

The full Lockdown Sketches for violin include the following movements;
I) Door of the Wind

II) Conversation and Light

III) Sea/water/river

IV) Tower of Winds

V) Hymn to Asclepius

VI) Clouds and Blue Sky

VII) A Flurry of Activity at the Waterline

VII) Gigue with Overlayers

Updated September 5th, 2020 Coreen Morsink