Leaves In The Street, 1957 was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0310: From Memory.
When I was much younger I would watch my father rake our leaves out to the street. As he collected the leaves in the back yard I would play in the pile, stomping them down and kicking them.
When all of the leaves had been collected they would be set on fire. This is not something we do these days, but that was how we used to get rid of the leaves.
As the fire moved through the leaf pile they would crack and snap, their black remains becoming lighter than air and rising high into the sky, until the burning was complete and the pile doused with water.
Leaves In The Street, 1957 was written for Anvil, Castanets, Roto-toms, Tambourine, Temple Blocks, Triangle, Whip, Crotales, and solo Violin.