What Never Was and What Could Still Be (excerpt) by Cody Brookshire published on 2017-06-26T01:13:27Z for concert band The Hodgson U-Band of The University of Georgia performing, Tyler Ehrlich conducting The genesis of this music for band is a simple four chord progression I created in the Fall of 2010. During this time, I was doing lots of small compositional exercises and experiments, and with one of them was tasked to create a progression where each chord is built using only one type of interval (i.e. all 4ths, all 5ths, all 6ths, etc.). I ended up creating a simple and graceful progression that I became obsessed with for quite a while. Also during this time, I was doing a lot of searching and questioning – pondering if my life had a purpose, wondering about why any of us are here, trying to find reconciliation with all of the world's cruelty, and contemplating the existence of God. My obsession over that progression became linked with that temporary state of mind I was in at the time, and for many years, I could not find an appropriate and fitting use for it despite my failed efforts to shoehorn it in to various pieces. Fast forward to the end of November 2014 when my friend and colleague Tyler Ehrlich asked if I would write a band piece for him to conduct the following semester. I was ecstatic to jump on this opportunity, but not too long after he asked me and before I could even begin sketching ideas, my cousin and one of my childhood best friends, Amy Fields, passed away unexpectedly and without warning at the young age of 29. This event sparked another period of searching and questioning. After a few weeks, just when I was beginning to think about composition again, it quickly became very apparent what the inspiration for the band piece would be and what basic compositional material I would finally use to create it. "What Never Was and What Could Still Be" is dedicated to the memory of Amy Fields. - - - - - - - Excerpt of Live Recording, April 2015 Premiered by the Hodgson U-Band, Tyler Ehrlich conducting, at the University of Georgia, Athens GA, April 2015.