I was recently challenged to improvise on the piano for three minutes without exploding into a fit of passion. I turned on the recorder just as I played my impromptu prelude to last Wednesday’s Taize service, and here’s how it came out:
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This will be very brief, since I have to be at Taize service at my church in 45 minutes, and I like to show up a half hour early to run through the music with the conductor.
I didn’t write at all on Sunday, and in fact felt lethargic and innervated throughout the day. Once errands and other life-related tasks were out of the way yesterday, I began writing with vigor, and stopped after finishing the first major confrontation between my protagonist and one of the two main male antagonists.
Today, I am almost at the End of Act One, having completed 83 pages of text, which will extend to a greater number of pages once I fill in some song lyrics to the big showstopper at the end of the Act.
In a way, I wish I didn’t have to go to work for the next four hours. But in another way, it might be the best thing for me. The Taize service, followed by a church dinner, and finally Choir rehearsal, will “get me out of my head” and give some of the quick decisions I have made in the past few hours a chance to ruminate. I was hoping to get it all done before church tonight. It’s a good thing I didn’t, because it would have been sub-par. But it’s a good thing I rushed to a self-imposed quasi-deadline, because I got a lot done, despite myself.
I believe I will be finished with Act One later on tonight. Doubtless, I will not let myself rest until I am.