It was 1990 when I first listened to the Quartet for Strings, No. 8 by Dmitri Shostakovich. I had just gotten out of high school and had not yet started college. That didn't stop me from trying -- emphasis on "try" -- to write my own string quartet. This piece has "student work" and "movie soundtrack" written all over it, but for a product by a beginning teenaged songwriter, it's ambitious. Programmed in Reason without dynamic markings.