(1) Both sessions recording “Awake the Dawn” with full chorus went well on Tuesday and Wednesday nights respectively, though Wednesday’s was by far the most productive. There was a positive spirit about the whole team, and the performance on the part of the Kids was outstanding.
(2) I’ve been engrossed in the first-in-a-lifetime task of creating a midi-convertible piano score based on exactly how I happened to play a certain piece (“Awake the Dawn”) on a certain night. This is something needed by Dave, the new sound designer, and which I agreed to get done for him by Friday. What’s nice is that, not only have I made substantial progress, but much of the experience of originally composing this piece years ago — of recreating the early pre-dawn moments, with the high female harmonies likened to the chirping of the night birds — is being rekindled. So it’s a creative experience, as well as technically challenging. This makes it much easier to stay grateful.
(3) PTSD therapy went well again this morning, though it continues to be very challenging. I like the therapist. She’s very dedicated, but also very light of heart, and easy to engage.
(4) Keva finished her job at the day school on Friday and has also decided to stay in the area and enroll at a nearby University. I asked her about exploring the work-in-progress-album further and she responded excitedly that she is very eager to pursue this. I’ve also thought of another older song of mine, “Time Will Tell,” to add to the four clips on the playlist, and also of a newer song I wrote in Berkeley that can be transformed for Keva’s voice. This is a very meaningful musical connection — and it appears to be ongoing.
(5) Had a really nice time playing at a memorial service at the United Church on Saturday. I was also paid in cash by the family (and paid well) but aside from that, it was a heartwarming occasion commemorating the life of one of the older theologians in town, a retired Disciples of Christ pastor with a Doctor in Divinity. I stayed for fellowship afterwards, and once again sensed the feeling of everybody knowing me as “Andy,” though whoever they are, I have no idea. Life in a small town can be warm.
“An arch consists of two weaknesses which, leaning on each other, become a strength.” — Leonardo da Vinci
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