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Compositions Coming Alive

That’s a Lot of Composing

Today I spent as much time writing as I did when I was young, or maybe more. When I started my reboot with piano improv I could only get a few minutes out before feeling burnt, but today I had hours and feel I could do more except my piece is finished. I hope...

Hmmm

Here is the rough first page of Be Still. Today I was stuck on section three, yet unrecorded. Having a compositional problem is painful and there is a great pressure to fix the problem ASAP. I think I found a solution to my third section. I hope so because I’ve...

Ouch!

Two days ago I woke up with some little thing stuck in my right eye. I pulled my eyelids around all over the place but I just couldn’t get rid of it. (It disappeared on its own a few hours later.) This situation, redoing the third section of the piece,...

Oh dear

The opening of the third section in Be Still is just too low. I have to raise it, which means I might have to redo the whole third section. What a buzz kill. I think I know more or less what I have to do but I have to take this back to handwritten manuscript and...

Now What?

Be Still and I am God is about as done as it’s going to get. I think if I change anything now it would be a mistake. The only reason I would change it is that I’ve listened to it and gone through it so many times that I might find it too predictable and...

Be Still Be Done?

This piece started out as 80 second piece setting just the words Be Still and Know that I am God. With a bit of research I found that this is part of a him with three verses, so now I’ve written a three section piece that is a little over three minutes long....

Be Still part Three

I guess there is no mandate that this piece has three parts but it seems to feel right. SO I’m working on the final part. I’m content with the middle section. I’m using a texture I got off an old piece that never got done called Crystal Songs where...

Be Still Part Two Continued

I realized I have the text out of order. The second section should be “I am the Lord that healeth thee.” This fits find into the notes I have written, better than “In thee, I O Lord, I put my trust” so I am lucky on that one. I go to...

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...