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Compositions Coming Alive

Some Progeress

I got locked out of my blog for a while - so I haven't been blogging but I do have news. I"m started to compose like I used to - hours a day. I redid the end of Be Still and I think it's better but I'm not positive. Maybe I can make it available in two versions. I'm...

Purpose

I dabble in buddhism and I think I have my answer. In Buddhism there isa list of 6 things to do with yourself - six tidbits of wisdom. The first one is generosity. And one of the forms generosity can be fearlessness. That's what I mean. I don't mean to say arrogant or...

This is tougher than I thought

I am having trouble keeping up a consistent work ethic with composing. Other things I do have deadlines, other people, a definite knowing that something is going to come out of it. With composing I have no idea what if anything is going to come out of a piece I write....

Idea in Action

Today I did some writing after my daily talk with my assistant and it worked in that I got to the piano and was writing. I have a tiny clock on my piano and I checked the time - it's over 3 minutes so I think I won't need to expand it the way I thought I was going to...

I have an idea

I'm not a 9-5 person. 9-5 jobs are really uncomfortable for me. But I do notice that when I'm working at home (which presents a host of challenges) my best functional hours tend to be from about 9-5. Most every morning around 8:30 I have a Skype chat with my awesome...

Argh!

Getting back into this after a week off is going to take some time. I won't loose the ethos but it's a little foreign to me. Specifically I'm having trouble playing it musically on the piano. And I"m full of wrong notes! The piece is very close to being mapped out. I...

Confession

For the last many days I haven't been composing. Damn it! I had too much pressure doing other things and I just didn't have the calm to compose. I hope to reverse this soon. Most of the stress is over with now. In fact, I'm going to work on this a bit right now.

New Idea (slightly) for Ending

I think one idea is that the dominant note of this piece is the low C on the piano. Everything goes up from there, and this makes it near impossible for me to go there from a Dc and have this be any sort of real arrival. So I figure my second to last chord, which...

Something

I was able to recall the melody for this section, so I'm all set there. Now I have to write the harmony. That shouldn't be too bad. I"m still a bit ill as ease that my right hand has nothing to do yet except for the little tunes it has here and there - like 4 bars. I...

The Nothing

So far today I've had a case of the nothing. I didn't have any structured elements to today, such as a piano lesson, and that sort of kept me from fully waking up. I am going to see if I can get anything out tonight. Bad news for me - I lost the melody I wrote the...

Db and C

Fire can be seen pretty easily as a piece where sections are clearly defined by key, and key is savagely defined by my bass riff. So C1 F Bb and Eb are essentially done, leaving only Db and C2. for Db I think I'm going to write a fugue that's a lot like the prior one...

Closing In

I have a pretty good idea for a loose map of what's to come for Fire. I think it's important not to make a tight plan - you need to let the sound tell you where it needs to go, so if you logically map it you are in trouble, if it's tight. but I think I'm allowed to...

Tune Complete!

My tune for the third chunk of my piece is now done. Now I have to harmonize it. Usually that's not so hard. It takes some time to do it, but your not generating the material from nothing - which is what you are doing when you write the tune. This takes much less...

Today

Today was better. I put in something close to an hour. I think if I want to do what I'm saying I want to do this should go up to about 2 hours a day. Right now I'm building endurance. So I don't know when I'll get to the 2 hours a day, but that would be pretty legit -...

Yeterday

Yesterday I dropped the ball. I only composed for about 3 minutes. Shame on me! BUt in these three minutes I made an important discovery. My basic bass move is sort of an and ONE (two) AND ONE two, which isn't that unusual but a little different that your typical ONE...

42

Today I cease to be 42 and am now 43. When I find out I've gotten by another year with all ten fingers and ten toes working I feel grateful. I've been through a few really really dangerous medical situations - most particularly a situation where I had massive internal...

Good Start Today

I was looking over my last melodic passage and my handwriting was too sloppy to see what it was. So that was the end of that. But I went to the piano and got a new section and wrote it out almost in real time. Very fast, and it's totally legit. I figure one thing that...