Karen Biehl wrote “To My Father” in honor of her father, Dr. Edward R. Biehl. who passed away suddenly on October 14, 2019. Not only was he an Organic Chemistry professor and former chairman of the SMU Chemistry Department for many years, he was also an accomplished pianist and organist.
“Despite whatever financial problems there may have been,” says Karen, “My father always made sure to provide me with piano, violin, voice lessons and later a musical education at SMU and San Francisco Conservatory of Music. It is because of my father’s support and encouragement that I am able to compose music.”
“When I was young, he set a song to a silly poem that he wrote for me. The melody in “To My Father” was inspired by that song he used to sing and play to me. While I was composing and recording “To My Father”, I could hear my father humming in my right ear. I’d like to think that he will always be with me, supporting me in the creation of music.
“To My Father”, thank you so much, and as you always liked to say, “That’s the spirit”.
– Karen Biehl
To learn more about Dr. Edward R. Biehl, visit mykeeper.com
About Karen Biehl
Karen Biehl studied voice with former Metropolitan Opera star Thomas Hayward before completing her master’s degree in opera performance at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Also classically trained in both piano and violin, her musical compositions combine romantic classical lyricism with meditative empowerment to assist listeners in achieving an enhanced and peaceful sense of self-awareness and purposeful focus.
Her album “Starlight Dreams” was named “Best Solo Piano Album 2018” here on New Age Music Guide and ranked #4 on their top ten albums of 2018. The album was also a finalist for the “Best Neo Classical Album 2018” award for One World Music Radio’s awards.