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Exercise Music – “She” – A look back

Exercise Music was my second album, featuring 4 long pieces bookended by 2 short works. It was released in 2014.

Exercise Music

Each piece is a minimalist-like fusion with either rock, EDM, or jazz. The intent behind the album was to create music to which I could exercise. At the time, I had a hard time listening to normal music while exercising–it was too directional for me, and minimalism was too subtle. As a result, the album is loud, minimalist, punchy, and filled with sharp edges.

Exercise Music (2014) by Dan Lis
Exercise Music (2014) – Dan Lis

The breath of fresh air in the album is the track “She”. This piece lacks the distortion and extreme overfilling of the other tracks, escaping from an intense workout to give the listener time to jog outside. At the time, I was going through the motions of going through various bad first dates, and so this was written in the hope that I would find someone. (Luckily, I’m now very happily married.) But, this track was my attempt to sort out what I was looking for in a partner. The result is a subtle praise of the future I hoped to be a part of.



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