A couple of months ago Wesley inquired by private message how I was doing (as he sometimes does) and I happened to be quite ill (I'm fine now). Wesley took one of my piano pieces, added an orchestral background to it to create a piano concerto of sorts, then recorded a pretend radio broadcast of its première in Chicago, complete with thunderous applause at the end. He said he hoped to make me smile and feel better. And it certainly worked. It was funny and gorgeous. I treasure this “concert recording” as a gesture of friendship, sensitivity and generosity from a kind spirit who lives many miles away.
After leaving the forum in May, I have kept in touch with a few of you via soundcloud email. Yesterday I was told that negative conclusions had been voiced in the forum about Wesley’s personal character.
So I came into the forum briefly just to write this post, which is intended to serve as a positive “character witness” for Wesley. While in the forum, as some of you will remember, Wesley took my “Pas de Deux” piece and created a series of variations of it on the piano. I post the sound file of his first variation below (there are several). I really adore it, but my point is to emphasize the special spirit with which he offered his variations, which came across as a very kind gesture, accompanied by the kindest commentary about “Mrs. Cabral’s music”. When he posted his variations on the site icomposition, he credited me for the theme and additionally volunteered kindly-worded praise about my music.
In the time since I left the forum, Wesley has often inquired about me and my family, has encouraged me to continue composing, made software suggestions, and mailed me CDs when I said I’d like to be able to listen to his music while driving. I have many favorites of his – I absolutely love his beautiful, delicate melodies, and I love the lightness of spirit; take for example his first piano concerto (he now has 4 others): https://soundcloud.com/wescurryii/chilton-piano-concerto-in-d-opus-1
I am therefore fortunate and proud to be Wesley’s friend. I also have friendship for several other people in the forum. And I wish a Happy New Year to each and every one who is reading this.
I request that no negative statements about any person be posted below, please. The intent of this thread is to share my positive experience of Wesley as a generous, kind, and respectful individual.