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from Relax Your Ears by JOEL STYZENS

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“A-Sharp” was the first piece I wrote after my ear problems started (tinnitus & hyperacusis). I tried to capture the uncertainty, doubt and frustration of not knowing if I could ever play drums or even music again. I wanted to convey the way this ringing felt – but at the same time, keep it musical and not make the listener too uncomfortable.

The louder strumming section at around the two-minute mark hints at the frustration. The two louder guitar strums at the end were originally also signs of frustration and of trying to communicate. They've since become hopeful in my mind – putting the song to rest, like the final cadence of a symphony. In a way, it's an acceptance of my tinnitus, with the knowledge that I am doing everything I can to help my ears. This has also helped with changing my emotional response to the ringing and sensitivity, and has enabled me to develop a much more positive outlook.


from Relax Your Ears, track released November 16, 2010
Written & arranged by Joel Styzens. String arrangement by Joel Styzens & Katinka Kleijn


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Joel Styzens Chicago, Illinois

Joel Styzens is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer, teacher & hearing conservation advocate specializing in drums, percussion, guitar, piano & hammered dulcimer.
He has been featured on NPR & in such publications as Time Out, the UK Hearing Times, & The Chicago Tribune.
He continues to compose music for a wide range of projects: film, animation, television, & his own ensemble.
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