This version of my song “Bone of My Bones” is far superior to whatever I posted the other day. (Incidentally, it’s Version 18-Y, for whoever’s counting.)
It still isn’t quite “complete” yet — at least not in terms of its capacity to replicate what I’ve got going on in my head. But is it ever complete? I don’t think so!
In any case, as of this morning, I’ve moved on to new arrangement of the song Bubbles Taboo, intended to segue into Bones as part of the larger work described in this entry. It’s all rolling along so sweetly that, to be honest with you, I’m having a hard time stopping all the composing in order to attend to the more mundane functions of modern life.
A lot of this newfound enthusiasm for composing is based on my having become more endeared to the software itself. Somehow, the challenge of getting all these computer commands to resemble what’s going on in my head has begun to fascinate me, rather than intimidate me. It’s also helping with a second aspect of my creative-artistic trip these days. It’s helping me to enjoy the process of notating the vocal score to Eden in Babylon.
Note how I didn’t say “Piano-Vocal Score.” I’ve lowered my expectations, and have taken to writing out only a vocal score, without the piano accompaniment. This will still be some representation of the music, and it might even be enough to get a producer interested in the show. In any case, it’s forward motion.
I also made it to Jazz Choir finally, and enjoyed singing the interesting music of Dan Bukvich in a context consisting mostly of University students, but also including members of the community, several of whom were my age or older. I saw Erika there, the new Director of Music at my church, and she again said she’d be happy to sing on the Eden in Babylon demo. Maybe she knows some other Jazz Choir members who might be interested. Perhaps I won’t even have to pay them — although frankly, the idea of not being able to do so is irksome to me. Again, if anybody wants to donate, that’s where the first money will go — to pay singers and musicians something, even if it’s not what they’re actually worth.
But not to get off on all that. I’ve been snagged on this demo thing, mostly in a depressed or discouraged state, for over five months now. It really is time for this thing to pick up steam again. But whether it does or not, there’s a third aspect to my “trip” these days, and I can’t overlook the fact that it’s the aspect that’s been getting me some recognition lately, even though I didn’t really do anything consciously to attract it.
It’s all the writing I’m doing on the Homeless Experience. People are tuning into it. After A New Pair of Glasses was published in Street Spirit in August, I had three more pieces published in September. Then I offered to come up with three more by Friday, and Terry Messman the publisher asked me to nudge him when they were done. It’s beginning to look as though I’m becoming a regular columnist all of a sudden. This is something I never dreamed would happen.
So, between the three, you might see a few more postings from me than usual. There will probably be more for me to report here than ever before. I’ll try to keep them short. But be advised that as far as WordPress is concerned, you’re going to be dealing with a “frequent flyer” until further notice.
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