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Periwinkle Blue

from Cello Noodles, Vol. VI by Betsy Tinney

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Happy New Year, dear Patrons!

This month's piece was inspired by the Pantone Color of the Year for 2022, except that it wasn't, really. The 2022 Pantone Color of the Year is the new Pantone color Very Peri, a soft bright periwinkle. Periwinkle has always been one of my favorite colors, but I didn't especially care for that particular shade or the name they chose for it.

But I have my own good reasons for making some periwinkle-inspired music. So, this month's piece is named after my very first cat, Periwinkle Blue, who was a solid black Maine Coon (and the reason I fell in love with Maine Coons as a breed). We adopted him from a cardboard box that had been abandoned outside our local Nature Center. He was just a few weeks old at the time, and his eyes were still a startling shade of bluish-purple, so nine-year-old me dubbed him Periwinkle Blue after my favorite flower (lush beds of which surrounded our 200-year-old farmhouse). His eyes eventually matured into a more typical yellow-green, but the name stuck. We called him Winkle, and he was the light of my young life. That's Winkle in the cover image; I took (and developed and printed) that photo of him myself, when I was about 10.

This piece is a blend of synesthetic inspiration (periwinkle = F#, to me), logical inspiration (the periwinkle flower has 5 petals, so this piece is in 5/4) and emotional inspiration (an ode to by beloved Winkle, a calm and loving cat who could share his optimism and serenity with you simply by lying on you and purring.)

So, in the spirit of Periwinkle Blue, may the coming year be full of optimism, serenity, and purring cats!



from Cello Noodles, Vol. VI, released January 22, 2022
Guitar & cello: Betsy
All music improvised, recorded & mixed by Betsy

Cover image description: A wreath of periwinkle flowers and leaves encircles a black-and-white photo portrait of a black longhaired cat sitting on a lawn. Both the wreath and the cat photo are a distinctly periwinkle shade of monochrome. The background surrounding the wreath is a light periwinkle. The title, in black medieval lettering, reads, "Periwinkle Blue" above the wreath and "Betsy Tinney, cello" below it.

The periwinkle wreath art is by artist Ksushsh and was licensed via Dreamstime.com. The cat photo was taken, developed and printed in 1969 by 10-year-old Betsy, using her own SLR camera and her Dad's photo-development equipment. Graphic design by Betsy.


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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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