Here’s my daily gratitude list from Saturday morning, the morning after I finished notating my Vocal Score to Act One of Eden in Babylon.
1. Slept 9 hours between 8:30 & 5:30, best sleep I’ve gotten in ages. Vivid dreams, only got up twice to use the bathroom, went immediately back to sleep. No tossing or turning, very restful.
2. Played first at the Open Mike last night, did “Fumblin’ with the Blues” and “I Am the Blues.” Paul A. jumped in with the Cajon on the 2nd verse of Fumblin’ it was pretty awesome. Aubrey was there, hadn’t seen her in a few months, good to see her. A nice occasion.
3. Sleep removed the earlier hypomania. I’m healthier this morning mentally, and less self-absorbed. But I’m still thankful for the mania, because it propelled the completion of a project that is important to me.
4. Yesterday at around 1:30pm, I finished Act One of the Eden in Babylon vocal score, fully formatted, like so. Also, the guy at the print shop gave me an extra copy for free, because he did it single-sided the first time by mistake. It looks really great, all coil-bound, and the cost was $12.40. (It’s 75 pages).
5. Conveniently sold my last copy of Exile yesterday for $10 as well. :)
6. Made it through last night. Having accomplished something significant, I was strongly tempted to “celebrate.” Thankfully, the Open Mike was celebration enough.
7. Took a nice shower just now. It again feels great to have my own shower, where I don’t have to deal with all kinds of other guys on the way to or fro, or in the bathroom. 2017 was the first year since 2010 since this has happened. Very grateful for my nice, spacious, secluded, reasonably secure apartment.
8. Looking forward to meeting with M. at 1pm. It will be exciting to go through the music with the actual hard-copy coil-bound score (double-sided too, which means only half as many page turns). M. also complimented me on the script using academic terminology, including one word I’ve never heard before. (He said the “polyrhymes” were “spectacular.”)
9. Sounds of Silence is getting a good response now that I’ve fixed it up, and also added a song description and a SoundCloud to the page, with descriptive image. Even more grateful, I heard four lines of music & lyrics in my sleep during a power nap yesterday. They survived my wake-up memory long enough for me to write them down. Then last night, I “heard” a B part and the beginnings of a C part. Grateful that I still have the music in me.
10. It feels really good to simply be respected these days. Neither idolized nor scorned, neither flattered nor ridiculed, but simply respected. It’s the best possible feeling – it puts me at peace inside. Life is good, and God is Good.
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