You might like this new version of “Sirens of Hope,” the opening number in my musical Eden in Babylon. This is an audio facsimile of a draft of the music notation file I will use for the performance tracks for the Summer 2023 production. The idea is that the sounds replicating the score will eventually be replaced by those played by real human musicians. And of course there will be much singing too.
I have a week off. I don’t have the wherewithal to take a “vacation” — and this is a good thing. I’m thinking that the time will better be spent mostly staying at home, not only working on my musical, but in personal solitude and reflection. For although I have been happy to have broken the Writer’s Block that had hindered me for three years, there has been something unhealthy about the way I’ve been proceeding. I think it’s time I take a deeper look at this.
For one thing, I’ve been assuming that outside of food, rest, work, and exercise, the writing of this libretto is the only thing I should be doing. In the process, I’ve all but abandoned the scoring of music that I used to do religiously, six days a week, with my music notation software. This has thrown me off balance. As I’ve mentioned numerous times in this blog, the process of composing, arranging, and sequencing music with this software is therapeutic for me. If I make it a daily practice, there’s something about it that benefits me spiritually.
So, I turned my attention to a rearrangement of my piece, The Royal Rhapsody. The first arrangement was too empty for me; the second too overwhelming with the string section. I think this third take strikes a more pleasant balance. It’s more listenable, in my opinion.
I’m hoping that, as I resume the practice of scoring music for two to three hours each day, the rest of my life, including my work on the musical script, will come to a better balance. I think I’m off to a pretty good start. I hope you will take a few minutes to listen to the piece posted above. It was scored and sequenced entirely with Finale software. I’m actually rather proud of it, and I hope you enjoy my work.