Mayfield is the second movement to a suite that captures the composer’s nostalgia for his old home. Each movement is based on a place of particular importance, the first being Random Road and the third being Cleveland’s Botanical Gardens. This movement, Mayfield, takes place in a cemetery, a setting which inadvertently caused great difficulty in writing this piece. When beginning to draft Mayfield in 2018, the composer intended to capture what the cemetery meant to him at the time, a morose setting where he observed nothing but life. The cemetery, a beautiful park, was home to people jogging, picnicking, or in the composers case, walking around the park’s large circular path with those he loved. The piece then failed to come together.
In the Summer of 2019 Collin again attempted to write Mayfield. During this second attempt, several people whom the he knew passed away, a couple being those he connected to the particular time Mayfield was recreating. The life he once saw in those tombs faded and the glimmer that drove the piece no longer made sense. There were now two Mayfields that the composer tried to reconcile. The ending result tells a story of a man, who we hope turns out to be the protagonist, walking around the circular path in the Mayfield cemetery. Despite the world bustling outside of the parks walls, he chooses to stay circling the path past dusk.