This one was an improvisation. I don't often play dulcimer and harmonica together as they seem to be powered by overlapping, melodically-concerned parts of my brain. But it seemed necessary in this case, so I fired up the recorders and this is what happened. Take one. It never got more honest or better than this.
The title is obviously a reference to the Greek Pandora and the hope she found at the bottom of that box of hers. I was rather keenly feeling the loss of a friendship at the time, and was hoping to stir up some hope down in the bottom of those murky feelings.
The dulcimer here is tuned GDC, which, along with its counterpart DGC, is an amazingly productive tuning, opening up a range of darker and more mysterious emotions that you don't readily encounter in tunings better suited to major modes.
This piece is pretty characteristic of the sort of things I do in a solo show.