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Into the Realm

from Cello Noodles, Vol. VI by Betsy Tinney

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I recently found this magical artwork and decided it would be fun to play it. I had expected that my cello and I would just slip through that oh-so-inviting portal, leaving the dark and sleepy forest behind. Then, we'd be in the Realm, and there would be magic and music and faeries and dancing -- and probably something gorgeous, sparkly and immeasurably powerful that would like to have our mortality for breakfast. With cream and sugar on top.

So I put the art on my music stand, and together, my cello and I eyed that portal, and the Realm beyond, with fascination, longing, and dread. And neither of us dared to take that first step. We could see, and hear, and even play the magic on the other side. It was certainly compelling -- the stars danced and the lights shimmered and the music did its best to draw us in -- but it took us a long, long time to finally gather our courage, jettison our common sense, and take that single (and possibly irrevocable) step into the Realm.

And you never know… we might even come back someday.



from Cello Noodles, Vol. VI, track released September 30, 2022
Music composed & recorded by Betsy
Cello & synth by Betsy
Graphic design by Betsy

Image description: Trees, bushes and other dark forest foliage appears in the foreground. Intertwining tree branches create a circular portal to another land. Through the portal, a night sky is brightly illuminated by a moon and stars. The text "Into the Realm" and "Betsy Tinney, Cello" appear against the sky. Forest portal illustration by Elena Schweizer; licensed via Dreamstime.com.


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Betsy Tinney Seattle, Washington

Betsy is a cello storyteller. Using her cello and an electronic looper, she weaves rich, complex and varied tapestries of sound; her original cello compositions paint pictures and tell tales, from thunderstorms and skeletal mice to dancing elephants and humpback whales. ... more

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