Free Background Music 43: The Sea Withdrew

1. The Music

The Sea Withdrew is the 43rd song in my Free Background Music Series. It is a quiet piano song that switches between major and minor keys. As with the other songs in the background music series, this song can be used for free in non-commercial projects and in YouTube monetized videos (that are otherwise non-commercial in nature) as long as credit is provided (‘music by longzijun’).

For more information about the terms and conditions for using the music, you can refer to the detailed Terms of Use.

1.1 Download Links

1.2 Credits

Music, photos and videos footage by longzijun.

1.3 About the Song

The song was played on Korg M50 Synth. The composition was inspired by all the problems we have been facing during 2020. It has a sad and somber feel, but includes key changes to major keys in order to show a feeling of hope. The song starts in the key of C minor and ends in C major.    

2. About the Photos and Video

I took the video footage and photos in and around an area I lived in for a few years—Wu Kai Sha, which is in Hong Kong’s New Territories. The main beach there faces west, so it is a good place for sunset watching. On clear and hot summer days, when there are a few clouds in the sky,  sunsets can be beautiful, especially once the sun drops below the mountains and sunlight reflects off the clouds onto the water. 

The street art pieces are in a strange location. They are painted on the side of an overpass and can only be viewed from a narrow highway maintenance path, so almost no one knows they exist. The Highways Department paints over them every couple of years and then a new series of paintings appears. For more information about street art in Hong Kong, I have a few pages:

Regarding the photos of the abandoned van, I have a series of similar photos—objects that have been discarded in the borderlands between the urban and countryside areas of Hong Kong: Abandoned Things. It is the third series featured on this page: Photo Series: Between City and Countryside.   

Though I have a dog, I like cats, so if I encounter any while wandering around, I will snap a photo.

When I upload the albums of the sunsets and cats, I will share the links on this page.

3. About the Title

The title is from the last line of a poem by Emily Dickinson.

By the Sea

I started early, took my dog
And visited the sea
The mermaids in the basement
Came out to look at me

And frigates in the upper floor
Extended hempen hands
Presuming me to be a mouse
Aground, upon the sands

But no man moved me till the tide
Went past my simple shoe
And past my apron and my belt
And past my bodice too

And made as he would eat me up
As wholly as a dew
Upon a dandelion’s sleeve
And then I started too

And he — he followed close behind
I felt his silver heel
Upon my ankle, — then my shoes
Would overflow with pearl

Until we met the solid town
No man he seemed to know
And bowing with a mighty look
At me, the sea withdrew

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