I’m a Greater Boston boy, but I consider that home is truly where the heart is. There are a multitude of other places I’ve lived that have spoken to me: Oxford, England, Ashland, NH, Norman, OK, Coral Gables, FL, and Kwajalein, Marshall Islands. Isn’t it interesting that it’s not so much where we live, but how we resonate with where we live. I get that unmistakable longing for those places that touch my soul.
What is the greatest thing about the place you call home?
I love the quietude of our current home in Sarasota, FL. It affords me ample opportunity to write and compose, to think, take a deep breath and contemplate my many blessings. It’s there that I imagine the world around me; both the parts I’ve experienced and the places I have yet to go. It’s wonderful to have a solid foundation from which to create.
What turns you on creatively?
Life is essentially a creative exercise. The way we respond to day-to-day stimuli determines who and what we are. That being true, I rejoice in the arts and the passion with which artists feel compelled to explore their ever-widening boundaries. I’m everybody’s fan. I love the inherent triumph of a brilliant piece of writing or an inspirational piece of music. I consider that a victory for us all.
What is your favorite word, and can you use it in a poetic sentence?
I’ve been pretty riveted by the word virtual these days, as I work with numerous virtual orchestral samples in addition to the 10 real instruments I actually play. Here is a piece of tapestry for you:
“Within the virtual motion of distant memory exists a place in between us. There, inside a room only we know, rarified, motionless, transcending all purpose, guided only by love, tomorrow arrives to propel us forward.”
What is your pet peeve?
The ordinary: I am continually frustrated by the apparent inability of many people to respond creatively to life’s ongoing equations. At times I worry that humans are not sufficiently evolved to circumvent their own demise. And yet, I continue to hope for the best and the brightest that mankind has to offer, for the planet, and for all of us.
What defines Alan David Gould?
The compulsion to finish what I started. I have numerous writing and music projects that I want to bring to fruition. I consider that I worked as a career musician for 45 years to give myself the time to do just that. I vow, to myself and others, to bring it all home prior to checkout. Life is short. We all need to make a singular contribution to the planet.
Alan David Gould is a composer, writer and poet residing in Sarasota, FL. Gould is putting the finishing touches on a first anthology of collected poems, soon to be published. He is also writing a book of educational essays for musicians, a journal and dream journal, composing orchestra and chamber work for film and performance and tackling the remix of 40 years worth of original singer-songwriter material.