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Let’s Think This Through

My piece is a bit aimless. I had been thinking that I can fix it by dressing up certain things and circumnavigating certain problems, but I think now that this piece needs to go into the recycle bin and started over maybe using some of the same elements and material,...

I am the symphony of stars.

Rumi is great. These are short texts but I think I can get something out of them. MaybeI can use two but they ought to relate to each other somehow if they are in a one movement piece. I”m going to keep looking for quotes ands see if I can find a longer one. And...

More Rumi

I’m looking for texts by Rumi for my next piece. This is blog 2 on the subject. 1) Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames [this is good because this can be a fast piece which is typically in more demand. And I need to learn how to write fast...

Rumi

Here’s a bit what wikipedia says about Rumi. Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī (Persian: جلال‌الدین محمد رومی‎), also known as Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Balkhī (جلال‌الدین محمد بلخى), Mevlânâ/Mawlānā (مولانا, “our master”), Mevlevî/Mawlawī (مولوی, “my...

The Void and the Solution

I have post-composing confusion and don’t quite feel like I know what to do with myself. I don’t think I’m ready to start another piece fora few days. I think I can get started in about a week. I’m going to write another choral piece....

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...