||The working title of this piece was "Awkward March." It was inspired in the summer of 2011, by my (then) 4-year-old son, Trevor.
One morning, my wife and I were in the kitchen with our three children. I was teasing my wife—calling her "Woman" whenever I spoke to her.
Later that day, Trevor came up to Wendy, and asked, "Mom, what a woman is?" (He used to invert his sentences that way.)
Wendy told him what a woman is.
Trevor asked, "Am I a woman?"
Wendy said, "No."
Trevor replied, "...well, this is awkward!"
I was so tickled by that exchange! I wrote this march, in which I tried to capture some of the awkward missteps of a normal, inquisitive, playful four-year-old boy.
The title changed to "A Short Walk (on a windy day)" so that people would not be put off by the word “Awkward,” in what I consider to be a joyous tune.