I lost a pretty large number of files recently when I moved them from my DropBox to my desktop, not realizing this was going to make them disappear from my DropBox. The computer I had at the time was later stolen, so I then lost them off of my desktop. One of the files that I lost was the original 2011 score to my song Ode to the Universe. I did not lose the mp3, only the musical score from which the mp3 was ripped. If you want to hear what it sounds like, go right ahead:
“Ode to the Universe” from Eden in Babylon
Copyright 2016 by Andrew Michael Pope. All Rights Reserved.
Usually, when a file is “misplaced,” I spend laborious hours searching for it. Moreover, I curse myself for having been so sloppy. Furthermore, I won’t rest until I find it. Not so, this time.
Somehow last night it dawned on me that, as I endeavor to create the 2016 version of Ode to the Universe, it’s actually a good thing that I have misplaced the earlier file. Now I won’t be tempted to draw upon any aspect of that file in producing the more mature version as it has evolved in my mind throughout the past five years. As I worked on this version last night, I found myself very thankful that I was diligently starting from scratch, rather than trying to work off of a previous, premature, primitive version of this piece. I even have the older mp3 to scrutinize, to try and determine just how and where it is primitive and premature, so that I can reverse those charges in the present day.
The fact that I was able to let go so easily of this substantial loss further confirms that I am on the right track with my project. If I know God, He’ll probably cause the older file to show up right at the exact moment I’m done with the new one. Then again, I may not know God very well.