What Could Have Been - 2021
For Concert Band
3 MIN 15 SEC
3 MIN 15 SEC
"What Could Have Been" is a piece about regrets. Throughout life, we are constantly privy to situations that could have panned out a certain way, but didn't.Whether it be a lost friendship, a breakup, or an opportunity left on the table, we all have those moments.
This piece reflects that regret in its opening, but then envisions the "grass is greener" life that we often perceive lies on the other end of that choice or decision. It empathizes with human nature to assume that life might have been better if one choice had been made differently.
We ultimately end with a return to the opening theme, but this time with an acceptance that life goes on. There is no way to know the outcome of decisions not made, and to dwell on the people we are not is to forget who we are now. Our decisions shape us, and sometimes bad decisions shape us for a better future. This piece is dedicated to my own regretted decisions and the choice to be thankful for every decision that has made me who I am, and I dedicate it to anyone else who feels empowered to let go of regrets and live for the here and now.
While an emotionally resonant piece in its own right, "What Could Have Been" is also a valuable piece for several educational concepts and would be perfect for a late middle school/easy high school piece. The following concepts are intentionally baked into the piece.
5/4 Time Signature
Rhythm - Quarter Note Triplets