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January 24, 2021

Yesterday, at 2:30 AM, I sat at the piano, composing, composing, and composing. I lasted until 5:30 (which is the time a lot of my friends actually get up for the day) and go lie on the couch.

At 7:30, I bolt upright, and trudge back to the piano. What can I say? When the thought hits, you run with it.

From the master bedroom (at the end of the house), I hear a faint voice. It’s the husband calling, “Is that you?”

Me, thinking, Duh, who else would it be? I’m the only one living with you, buddy. Out loud, I yell, “What?”

Ken, louder, “Is that you?”

Me, confused, I run to the bedroom. “Of course, it’s me.”

Ken—with the patience of Job this week in spite of all the chaos of my sudden late-night, early morning creativity happening—says softly, “Mer, is that new?”

About Marie de Haan

Marie is a gifted pianist, playing since the age of nine. As a teenager, she composed mainly instrumental piano music. She released her powerful debut single, “I Am Broken,” on October 22, 2020, a song whose creation drew heavily upon the trauma she endured as a victim of childhood sexual abuse. Marie held a benefit concert on September 10, 2021, in Skagit County. A portion of the proceeds went to CrossRoads Youth Ranch; this local organization—through equine therapy—empowers “at-risk and sexually exploited youth to heal, grow, and thrive.” She has continued to write music: Christian, folk, and country. Marie loves hiking, gardening, and photography. The Pacific Northwest—where she lives with her husband—is the backdrop for her favorite activities.