This is not an easy thing. It is the more unsure and difficult part of the process. I’m looking through full Rumi poems and they tend to be way too long and technical. The quotes I’ve manufactured into a fake poem are so delicious that it will be hard to beat. But I will continue looking.

I’m also playing around with the order. If I do use my composite, and I have no sense at this point if that is going to happen, I would put rearrange them like this:

1) Now is the time to unite the soul and the world.
2) Now is the time to see the sunlight dancing as one with the shadows.
3) Seek those who fan your flames.
4) There is a morning inside you waiting to burst into the light.
5) Set your life on fire.

One problem I see hear is that the burst into light sort of clashes with joining sunlight with shadows. So I put it in the second half to give it some distance. I think this could work. But it’s a bit risky to go composite. I”m going to look for a while for a full chunk of poem to use, but if I don’t find anything by around Monday I’ll go with this. I’m not trying to win a Pulitzer. The goal is not that – the goal is to be someone who composes for one or two hours a day.

I did the same thing at the gym. I had a goal to loose weight but I said the real goal here is to become someone who regularly goes to the gym. I did that and then, almost like a side effect, I lost about 25 pounds and have almost reached my goal weight. I’m off by about 7 pounds.

Going back to Rumi, if I do these words for the text, I have to rethink my #5 because before I wrote something for this that was too complicated. I over word painted. This could be as simple as ending on a flashy chord on light. Or maybe just have light sung three times on three flashy chords. Right now I go to a flashy chord on morning and try to keep that intensity up through light and it’s just too complicated.

I’m also realizing I’m going to likely need some repetition, if I go this route. If I just go through it the pace is way too short. I also think some repetition of text can be good to elevate its impact and treat it more profoundly.

In other news…

I solved my dilemma about music notation software. I found that I can affordably get a new Print Music, the program I’ve been using for over a decade, that works on the PC side of my old mac. That mac was dying, on the mac side, so I now have a new modest yet lovely iMac for my main computer, and I can leave the dinosaur mac functionally as a pure PC, keep it out of MAc mode, and run Print Music on it (I have the trial download and it looks like it has everything I need and it is more intuitive now than it was before.) I also need that PC side for Samplitude, my post production software, so the two computer situation is very very good. At first I thought I was going to get rid of the old mac but this is so so much better. So now I have two functional computers that can work at the same time in a room that looks like it has one too many computers. It’s a powerful setup.

I know from most of my composing friends that they all say Sibelius is better than Finale, or in my form Finale Print Music, but it has more than I need to get everything done I need to get done. And I know how to use it fully. Now as I go through this process I won’t have a giant problem of not being able to save or print what I notate on the computer. That situation was a bit miserable. And now it is over.