This tune has been in the works for over two years. I can’t even really remember exactly when I started it. I think it started with a piano improvisation, and just went from there.
At any rate, the main themes of the piece were developed separately. The first theme is made up of the first two minutes of the piece. The second, starts at 2:05, and continues to develop at around 2:40 into a passage that I wrote about a year ago. This particular passage is comprised a very busy, yet fluid, melody that had the working title “Nine Years”, named in honor of my son who had turned nine at about the time that I wrote it.
Though I wrote the two melodies independent of one another, they both had the same 6/8 meter. In scouring my harddrive for ideas one day, it dawned on me that the two parts might work well together on account of the meter. The title “Nine Years and Going” seemed appropriate, since it almost seemed like a song that just kept going!