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Be Still Part 2

I’m working a bit with the words for the second section of Be Still. In a hymn there are the words “In thee, I Lord I put my trust.” For me this doesn’t work out right with my musical impulse so I may be making a fatal mistake but I am tempted...

Be Still and Know that I am God Twist

I found this video online It has three verses. I’m going to copy this text and extend Be Still to have three sections, making it a 3 minute piece. I wrote section two in one sitting just now. I think it’s a good section, and the piece has a clear enough...

Be Still and Know that I am God Recording

Here is a read-through of Be Still and Know that I am God. This isn’t the final mix – it’s a draft and there are some changes I am going to make, but, here it is! There is a truth to this that I don’t see happening in my spring time...

Springtime Song & More

I’m having writers block with the springtime song. I think I need a new opening. I love my bouncy piano jig but might have to go without it. It is harmonically restrictive, which means that I’m in a box while trying to get the melody. Writing a good tune...

Be Still and Know that I am God is Recorded

It feels so good to have a piece sung! I had my little Be Still and Know that I am God recorded yesterday and it was great. It sounded like how I thought it would, which is a plus, and it got praised, which makes my day. Right now the engineer has the recordings, I...

Recording Session

I compose and conduct, and today I am conducting a recording session for the Composers’ Choir. It’s a give hour session in which we are going to record eight pieces. Today we have a mixture of singers from around here (CT) and New York. Today we have a...

Responsibility and Learning Sibelius

If it is true that I have a gift, a case can be made that I have a responsibility to use it well. I’m not saying I’ll save the world, but if I am the only person who can write the music I can write, and if that music has some innate value, then there is a...

Spring Piece – I think I got it

After a few dark hours I have an opening tune that works well enough I think. I need to work out rhythmic details and put the text in. This means I have to start notating it, and that means I have to figure out how to use my 30 trial Sibelius that currently is...

The Obsession Continued

I woke up early this morning and within about 30 seconds I was already trying o work out the opening for my piece. I had a few new ideas but after 4 minutes I was back to being stuck on the dead end material that was running through my head yesterday. Very...

The Obsession

I forgot how much composing can become an obsession. I can’t get the opening of my new piece right. I only started yesterday or so, and I can’t stop thinking about it and seem to be abandoning all hope and am taking this very seriously. I’m...

A few hours later

I’ve been structuring this piece to be like The Bees, the best seller of mine with Boosey, but I’m finding that this structure just doesn’t want to go there. The Bee’s had three sections, we can call them A & B & C and the structure...

Oh Rats!

Pain! I can’t grab a melody for my new piece. If I stick to the tempo and tonality I have in my bass groove it puts big limits on the melody. I might want to scrap what I have and just do melody first. That’s probably the right idea but I so love the...

Different Idea

I’m writing frequently if for no other reason so that I can read through these and watch how much my mind flip flops. I’m no longer in the mood to write a piece like the Rumi piece I Was thinking of just an hour or two ago. I have something else in mind....

Looking for Texts Day 1

I think I might write another choral piece. It might link to Be Still or might be independent. I have been thinking of writing some music to the poet Rumi and I looked him up and found one quote I like so far, but this is just he beginning. “The minute I heard...

What Composing Feels Like

When composing I tend to either be hitting my head against a wall of finding the right notes. When I do find the right notes it feels much more like instinct than intellect. There is an emotion of excitement every time I spot what to do, weather it is a happy or sad...

Be Still is Writtten Out

Be Still and Know that I am God is written out. This means I am basically done. By now I see that most of my initial plans have morphed. They are still in there but not the way I first expected. For example, this piece went from being very clustery to only a little...

Be Still and Know that I am God Continues

I have it notated now and I can live with it although I might want to change a note here or there. It can be tough to make changes now because eventually I will burn out on it and loose judgement and think everything has to be changed. That time is approaching. This...

Be Still and Know that I am God Continues

Hello. I’m starting to write out the piece. I found a cheat. My notation program won’t let me save or print because it now, after 10 years, says I don’t own it. I think this was due to a system upgrade. However, it does let my type it in and then I...